So how does this new platform influence performance? Starting with PCMark Vantage, the Samsung Q210 puts in an excellent effort. It manages to match the Asus Lamborghini VX3, with its 2.4GHz T9300 Core 2 Duo, in pretty much every department and in some instances outperforms it. This is a good sign for the new P-Series of CPUs, since even the entry-level model holds its own in the performance stakes.
Things take a slightly different turn in our in-house tests. Here the larger cache of the T9300, 6MB compared to 3MB, gives the Asus a small advantage. Likewise the Samsung Q45 HSDPA edges things in the VirtualDub video encoding test due its higher 2.4GHz clock speed. Nonetheless, in raw performance terms, the Q210 performs very well.
Things begin to look even better when we look at battery performance, though. In the Productivity segment of MobileMark 2007 it manages an impressive four hours and 28 minutes, an excellent overall result. Just under two and half hours in the high intensity DVD playback battery test is pretty decent, too, and though the Asus VX3 manages longer stints, it used a larger capacity eight-cell battery whereas the Q210 utilises a six-cell 5,200 mAh battery that makes it far more portable.
Overall, the performance of the Q210 is very good indeed. It strikes a nice balance between raw power and longevity and at around the £700 mark you’re not paying a fortune for this performance, either.
Despite some questionable design decisions, the Samsung Q210 continues Samsung’s legacy of well balanced and affordable portable laptops thanks to excellent battery life and application performance at a price that won’t break the bank.