Samsung X460 14.1in Notebook Review - Samsung X460 Review

Internally, Samsung has the done the typically thorough job it normally does. At the heart of it all is an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 running at 2.26GHz with a 1,066MHz front side bus and 3MB L2 Cache. This is backed by 3GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 RAM and a 5,400rpm 250GB SATA hard drive. Graphics, meanwhile, are provided by an nVidia 9300M GS with 256MB of memory. This offers enough graphical grunt to run TrackMania Nations Forever at medium detail at around 40 frames per second. Even adding a couple of samples of anti-aliasing didn’t make the frame rate dip below 30, so World of Warcraft, The Sims or Spore would pose no problems, nor would Football Manager 2009 for that matter.

Besides these basics you’ll find all the usual stocking fillers, including Draft-N Wi-Fi courtesy of Intel, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR. There’s also TPM 1.2 (Trusted Platform Module) and this is paired with a fingerprint reader to offer secure authentication and encryption.

This, combined with the docking station port on the underside of the machine, means the X460 has some business credentials; making it ideal for the executive, entrepreneur or home worker who fancies something a little more interesting than your regular business notebook.

Even if you don’t use a docking station the X460 shouldn’t let you down. There are three USB ports, one on the left, one on the right and one on the back, while all the basics, like a 34mm ExpressCard slot, VGA, headphone and microphone ports, are present.

On the front there’s a 7-in-1 memory card reader, supporting MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro, SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC Plus and xD card formats, while an HDMI port can be found at the back. As with the X360 the lack of an e-SATA port is a little disappointing, but we’re not about to pillory it just for that; just gently growl our disapproval…grrrrr.

Perhaps most importantly there’s also an optical drive in the X460, making it an obvious port of call if you fancied an X360 but couldn’t quite reconcile yourself to the loss of an integrated DVD drive. We should add, too, that it’s a very well integrated one. On some thin and light machines the optical drive can wobble around like it’s not really meant to be there, but there are no such problems on the X460. Apart from this it’s a pretty ordinary DVD Re-writer, though it does have LightScribe label burning support.

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