Samsung X360 13.3in Notebook - World Exclusive - Connectivity & Features

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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Summary

Our Score:

8

If one takes the X360 and the MacBook Air as direct rivals, the obvious area where the Samsung comes out on top is in connectivity - not that it would take much. On the left there's the all important Ethernet port, then there's a USB port, a 34mm ExpressCard slot and the headphone and microphone jacks.

Following, on the right, you'll find a memory card reader, two more USB ports, an HDMI output and a VGA port. A power input can be found on the back, as can a lock slot, while underneath there's even a docking station port. This will please anyone who fancies a working machine with a little style, as will the security provided by a fingerprint reader and a Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Despite all these practicalities, the X360 does share one of the Air's impracticalities: there's no integrated optical drive. How important this is, is a perennial argument but our immediate answer is it's better to have than have not; especially given the inconvenience if you want to watch a DVD in bed or use a CD you've been given.

On the plus side, Samsung does at least eschew Apple's legendary penny pinching by bundling an external drive in the box. It's a pretty neat affair, too. An 8x DVD-Rewriter, its glossy black and metallic silver exterior, slim proportions and subtle curves sit well with the X360 itself. We also like how the cable coils into a recesses underneath, though we did wonder whether it would have been better in black to match the machine rather than battleship grey.

Another accessory that's included in the box is a slip case, though we're not sure why Samsung bothered. Why? Because the slip case is the exact same flimsy effort found with Samsung's NC10 netbook, which costs more than four times less and lets face it, if you knew this you'd be annoyed, wouldn't you? And now you do, you'll probably be annoyed already - how depressing! In all seriousness, though, when dealing with a 'premium' product such as this, one either includes a good slip case or doesn't bother. Apple of course, takes the latter option with the Air.

MarioM

November 28, 2008, 8:16 pm

Alas, Samsung seem to be shooting for the corporate/education sub-� market - in my experience that limit is common.

Singulariter

November 29, 2008, 12:19 am

Gloss = Loss

smc8788

November 29, 2008, 6:10 am

If Samsung were aiming for the budget concious, what was the point of putting DDR3 RAM in there, when it is so much more expensive than DDR2 and the very small performance increases don't really warrant it (particularly with that processor), especially for this market. They would have been better off just sticking in 3 or even 2GB of DDR2 which would have been fine for a system of this spec. They could then use those savings to upgrade that weak processor to the slightly better ULV SU9400 (1.4GHz), which would only be about another 㿀-㿊 more.

Steve

December 1, 2008, 3:59 pm

After reading the preview on TR a few months ago, I was seriously considering this notebook. After reading a few reviews, I'm glad I opted for the Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B. The screen, colour of the lid, glossy finish & lack of a built-in optical drive are enough to put me off the Samsung. Might sound trivial, but when you chuck around ٟ.5k at a notebook, you want all your requirements on board!

Davidx360

December 2, 2008, 5:20 pm

Hi there,





I've had an X360 for the past couple of weeks and I am delighted with it. Whilst not a perfect product, for me it represents an excellent balance of features, performance and value. This laptop was bought to replace a Sony G series 12inch ultra-portable.





The good aspects of this laptop includes: battery life (full charge gives me five hours word processing plus three hours web browsing with two hours indicated remaining - wireless on at all times), display very sharp (from the box it did look a bit washed out but reducing the extreme factory contrast setting helped alot with this), boot time (can't tell you how annoying Vista boot times were on my previous laptop...this thing is so fast that I sometimes reboot just to see again how quick it is!), cool and really quiet operation, & finally really solid construction both keyboard (which is great) and overall.





The bad: the displays rather limited viewing angle.





The Ugly: Yep...that glossy finish is a pain.





Whilst it will always be horses for courses; for me (and after playing with the Sony TT as my other option) the X360 represented the best balance delivered at a very good price. Don't discount the X360 until you've tried it and the alternatives.





David

Davidx360

December 3, 2008, 4:47 pm

PS: On my scales the X360 is 1.31Kg - still not the quoted 1.29 :o)





David

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