- Light, portable, great screen
- External optical drive, relatively slow
Samsung has come up with a fantastic, lightweight ultraportable in the Q30. It's got enough power to drive productivity applications and manages to run for 5.5 hours with a long-life 6-cell battery.
Price$ 3,499.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 2 stores)
The diminutive Samsung Q30 is a road warrior's dream. The 1.2KG chassis packs enough features for the mobile worker, but eschews bells and whistles to save weight.
Once you get past the striking red lid and silver trim, the most noteworthy feature of the Q30 is the 12" widescreen display running at a native resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. The screen features a gloss coating that boosts brightness and clarity, and the image looks fantastic. The wide screen also allows Samsung to fit a large keyboard to the machine while still keeping the size and weight down. Typing is comfortable, and the keys don't feel cramped.
The heart of the system includes a 1.2GHz Pentium M processor, mated to 512MB of RAM and a 40GB hard disk, which provide sufficient power to drive modern applications -- though not beefy databases or games.
At 29 x 20 x 2.4cm, the chassis is too small to house an optical drive, but there's a full-size Firewire port on the left panel to power an optional external unit beside VGA, USB and audio connectors. The right-hand face offers a second USB interface, along with Ethernet, modem, and Compact Flash sockets, while a combined MemoryStick/SD card reader sits on the front. Extras include a long life battery (supplied for testing) and an external FireWire optical drive.
The compact size of the Q30 means that Samsung has opted to rely on on-board hardware to drive most of the machine's functions. There's no extra graphics adaptor, and the unit instead relies on the Intel 855 Extreme Graphics chipset to achieve sub-par gaming results. The machine was able to score 2017 in PCMark04 and 103 under MobileMark 2002; hardly setting any lab records, but still acceptable for driving current applications. Battery life stretched out to 5:30 hours using the long life cell.
The system also includes Intel's PRO Wireless 2200 802.11b/g Wi-Fi adaptor, along with a 10/100 Broadcom Ethernet adaptor. Many current-generation notebooks are built around newer Intel architecture (Sonoma) that includes an 802.11a/b/g adaptor and gigabit Ethernet, but the Q30 is still a capable, lightweight ultraportable for productivity.
One handy addition to the box contents is a foldout installation guide that takes the user through installing the battery, connecting the power adapter, powering up the machine and registering Windows. It's simple, well laid-out, and a handy inclusion for any new notebook buyers.
Though the Samsung Q30 isn't blisteringly fast, it more than keeps up with surfing the net and handling productivity applications like Microsoft Office. Better yet, at 1.2KG, it's light enough to carry around all day, and the long life battery will come close to matching it.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review
- 2 Synology DS216+ Review
- 3 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 4 Tech21 Evo Xplorer iPhone case review
- 5 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
Latest News Articles
- Hands-on with Asus ROG G752 and GeForce GTX 1070 (or holy crap this thing is fast!)
- Surface Pro 3's massive battery drain is a software problem, Microsoft says
- Early Android app support rolls out to two more Chromebooks
- Microsoft's pricey Surface Book is getting stomped by the ancient Surface Pro 3
- Alienware's tiny Alpha gaming PC gets bigger muscles... in the US
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- CCQuality AnalystNSW
- CCSystem Analyst - NetIQNSW
- CCSolution Designer - Windows UpgradeNSW
- CCProject ManagerVIC
- CCSolution Architect, Funds Management, Part time roleNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/Unix/Linux/Web) 160819/AP/173Asia
- CCSystems Analyst (IT Security/Network & Systems) 160826/SA/652Asia
- FTProject ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net Developer - Brand NEW IoT ProjectNSW
- CCData Migration SpecialistSA
- CCSenior Solutions Architect - SIEMVIC
- CCData Centre Solutions Architect - Red Hat, Wintel & VMware - CanberraACT
- CCCA Gen Model Management-Oracle RDBMS, Oracle Solaris, TTNNSW
- CCContract Systems Analyst (Windows 7/8/10) 160901/SA/212Asia
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/SQL) 160826/AP/972Asia
- CCData ModellerACT
- FTNational ICT Senior Technical Support EngineerACT
- CCInfrastructure Deployment ManagerVIC
- CCDB2 Database AdministratorACT
- CCICT Contracts ManagerSA
- FTApplication AdministratorACT
- CCMurex Developers x 2NSW
- FTAutomation Tester- C#, Selenium | Cloud Based Finance SolutionsNSW
- CCCustomer Service SpecialistVIC