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Sleek, Affordable New Q Series Samsung Laptops Hit the UK

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Sleek, Affordable New Q Series Samsung Laptops Hit the UK

Samsung's relentless laptop assault continues and today sees its new Q Series hit the UK.

The focus is affordability and portability with 13.3in 'Q330', 14in 'Q430' and 15.6in 'Q530' all unveiled and sporting fairly similar specs with 16:9 aspect ratio displays, island keyboards, HDDs of up to 640GB and Intel Core i3 and i5 CPU options.

Where they do differ is in terms of graphics with the Q330 offering either dedicated Nvidia GeForce 310M or integrated Intel GMA HD GPUs. Meanwhile the Q430 and Q530 add GeForce 330M dedicated graphics into the mix. Returning to the commonalities and Bluetooth 3.0, wireless n, HDMI ports, 3-in-1 card readers and six cell batteries (good for up to seven hours on the Q330 with integrated graphics) are all standard.

Where frustrations do arise is Samsung's continued resistance to fit any high res screens on its laptops. The entire Q Series is stuck at 1366 x 768 pixels and it remains the only laptop maker I know not to offer a Full HD resolution in its entire product range - even on 17in models - strange when it is such a big supporter of Blu-ray.

Then again with Samsung there are always things to cheer us up and with Q Series due before the end of the month, prices from just £599 and this cheesetastic (Gillette inspired?) ad it's hard to hold a grudge...

Link: Samsung UK Laptops

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July 6, 2010, 10:36 am

So the 13" model comes with a Core i3 processor plus potential for a nvidia GPU.... I know Apple couldnt / didnt pull this off recently, so lets hope Samsung do at a price thats nice.

Also can I ask if this is 'Optimus' graphics, or regular?


July 6, 2010, 2:24 pm

That video was absolutely awful.

A true fromage to the Gillette ads (where 'fromage' is pronounced like 'homage'.)


July 6, 2010, 6:32 pm

Is that video for real? I cannot belive that model gets any work.

That laptop is a porker; why are you calling it "sleek". Or was that Samsungs' claim, cos really it looks fat to me.

Also that keyboard looks while it looks quite nice is also messy, they really need a bigger space beside the number pad. I also never use a number pad, am I alone there?

Laptop design really needs a kick in the ass, I don't remember the last time I saw something interesting and praiseworthy.


July 6, 2010, 6:49 pm

@MSIC - no mention of Optimus graphics I'm afraid this exciting tech isn't getting much take up currently. It certainly has dragged its feet to market.

@HK - because sleek doesn't have to mean thin. The design is sleek and it's light - as the article mentions - that doesn't always have to mean thin. In fact, with something like the MacBook Air the opposite is actually true.

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