You’ll find a single Type II PC Card slot on the left. There’s no sign of an Express Card slot, but since there’s still no Express Cards available, this isn’t a huge problem and I’d rather have a PC Card slot so that I can use a 3G data card. Also on the left are microphone and headphone ports, a modem socket, a four-pin FireWire port and a D-SUB port for connection to an external monitor. The latter is slightly disappointing as I would prefer to see a DVI port on a high end notebook like this.
There are two more USB 2.0 ports at the rear along with an S-Video output, an Ethernet port and the power socket.
Performance was a little disappointing on the X60. Running SYSmark 2002 I got an overall score of 294, which although not bad is considerably lower than the Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi that I looked at back in January. Likewise, the battery life of 170 minutes is a little below par, and I would have expected the X60 to last over three hours at the very least – again the Acer managed to pull ahead of the X60. PC Mark proved to be far more even and there was very little between the two notebooks running this test.
In the X60’s favour though, even though the Acer is over six months old, it’s still over £100 more expensive, while also being half a kilogram heavier. For many users that extra weight could make all the difference – at 2.5kg, the X60 is fairly light considering the specification and 361 x 265 x 34mm (WxDxH) dimensions.
With a price of £1527.48 including VAT the X60 isn’t cheap, but it’s not overly expensive either considering what you’re getting. The only problem is that the competition is fierce in this sector and there are a great many similar machines on offer from big name manufacturers to tempt you.
The Samsung X60 is a very good notebook, that’s undeniable. Despite not being as fast as competing products, unless you’re in the habit of running seriously hardware intensive applications, the X60 will be more than a match for anything you’re likely to throw at it. However, the battery life does concern me and I would have expected better from this machine.
Specification wise, you’re getting pretty much everything that you could want along with good design and a solid build quality. The screen is particularly good and at a push the X60 could even fulfill your gaming needs.
I don’t think that the price is unreasonable for what’s on offer, but then I’ve come to expect good value for money from Samsung. Ultimately though, the poor battery life and to a far lesser extent the disappointing performance figures, rob the X60 of a recommendation.
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