Samsung X60 Centrino Duo Notebook Review - Samsung X60 Review

The screen is driven by an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics chipset with 256MB of dedicated memory. This means that the X60 should be able to turn its hand to the odd bit of gaming, although as our 3D gaming tests show, you may have to drop down from the native resolution if you want decent frame rates.

The keyboard is a decent full size affair that’s slightly recessed into the chassis. There’s a good amount of travel in the keys and a solid break ensuring a fast and comfortable typing rate. The Shift, Caps Lock, Tab, Return and Backspace keys are all large, as they should be. Unfortunately the Fn key is located in the bottom left corner where the Ctrl key should be, but to be fair to Samsung a great many notebook manufacturers do the same thing.

Below the keyboard is a touchpad with a widescreen aspect ratio to match the display. The right side of the touchpad can be used for scrolling vertically through web pages or documents and Samsung has labeled this accordingly. There are two brushed silver buttons below the touchpad that respond with a solid click when pressed. There’s no fingerprint scanner between the buttons as seen on the X50 though.

Either side of the touchpad are microphones. Samsung’s decision to use two microphones in an array is a good one, and means that the quality should be greatly improved when using VoIP services without a headset. Samsung used a similar setup with its Q1 UMPC to good effect.

To the right of the keyboard are controls for Samsung’s AVS media playback environment. From here you can listen to music, view photos or watch video. AVS has been around on Samsung notebooks for some time now and it works reasonably well, although its video codec support is somewhat lacking. A nice touch is the inclusion of an infrared remote control for AVS that sits snugly in the PC Card slot for ease of transport.

Samsung has connectivity well taken care of with an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Wi-Fi adapter supporting 802.11a, b and g. There’s also a Broadcom Bluetooth 2.0 module and an Intel gigabit Ethernet controller. And just to round things off, there’s a 56k modem thrown in for good measure.

On the right side of the chassis you’ll find the integrated DVD writer, a single USB 2.0 port and a hardware switch for the wireless adaptors. The DVD writer supports all the major formats bar DVD-R DL, but on the plus side it does support DVD-RAM. At the front is an infrared port and a card reader that accepts MemoryStick, SD, MMC and xD formats.

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