Hands-On With the Samsung Q310-34P

Sexy, sexy, sexy. That was our first thought upon getting our paws on the Samsung Q310-34P, the consumer-end sister machine of the Samsung X460. The 13.3-inch thin-and-light notebook weighs 4.8 pounds, and sports a black, glossy lid and base that unfortunately draws lots of fingerprints and smudges. Still it’s quite the eye-catcher with an equally glossy black base that features a dash of red. For $1,349 you get the following specs:

  • 2.2-GHz processor
  • Windows Vista Business operating system
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 320GB, 5400-rpm HDD
  • Intel GMA X4500 graphics
  • ExpressCard/34
  • 7-in-1 memory card reader
  • 3 USB 2.0
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • DVD +/-RW with LightScribe

Upon firing up the machine, we were impressed with Vista Business’ relatively snappy boot time; it took “just” 48 seconds to load, which is about 12 seconds shorter than many Vista machines. The 1280 x 800 display isn’t nearly as bright as the X460′s, but should suit everyday users just fine. The keyboard gets the job done without too much flex, but the touchpad is a bit on the small side and features mushy mouse buttons. It should be noted that the keyboard has a Silver Nano, anti-bacterial coating designed to keep the cooties at bay. In terms of performance, the 2.2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 engine and 3GB of RAM made for remarkably snappy performance; Windows and menus opened quite briskly. The 6-cell battery is rated at 6 hours of battery life, but our LAPTOP Battery Test (surfing the Web until the notebook’s endurance is drained) saw the Q310-34P last 4 hours and 41 minutes on a charge–that’s over 30 minutes better than the typical thin-and-light notebook. The Samsung Q310-34P is certainly off to a fine start. Check back shortly for a full review. [flq:dad1bede47fa4fa1a959a0f1e1a37509]

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