|Screen Size||14 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1336 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||2.66 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||500 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce 310M|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11B|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
Samsung Q430 14-Inch HD LED Laptop (Aluminum surface with Black finish)
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Anyways here are the pros and cons
Pro: nice sleek design, comfortable keyboard, good performance, reasonable graphic card, cheap price (at least based on my price), light weight, and does not get very hot
Cons: lack of bluetooth (which i hardly use), lack of some ports such as memory card reader (which again I hardly use), sound quality is not very good, arrow keys kinda smooshed together with the rest of the keypads (not really a problem), lack of hoktkeys (which means you have to hold the "fn" button to control the volume and etc)
I really think this is a decent laptop for decent price (unless they raise the price up). Even though there seems to be a lot of cons, i think those are really minor issues (at least for me) and the pros outweight the cons. So if you are look for a decent laptop for a cheap price, I recommend this product.
While not on sale anymore, it was still relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of the other laptops that were no faster. icore5 2.4 GHZ processor, 4GB of memory, 500GB hard drive, 512 MB Nvidia video card, built-in SD memory card reader, DVD-burner...what's not to like!
Also, while it's easy to overlook something as simple as keyboard layout...it was one of the bigger selling points for me in finding a new laptop. I used to have a powerbook titanium G4 which had a nice keyboard layout, and even now the mac book pros have in my opinion the best keyboard design available in any laptop. The q430's keyboard is quite similar, with the raised, solid, black keys that are responsive, spaced out nicely and provide nice feedback. So once I made the decision to go with a non-mac laptop, I was hoping I could find something comparable in the keyboard area. And the Samsung q430 I think is the closest you can get to having a mac book pro keyboard on a pc laptop. I love this keyboard perhaps with the exception of a smaller than usual shift key, I love it.
If there was anything I would change about the laptop, perhaps it would be to not have a glossy screen as sometimes the reflection can be annoying. But nevertheless the screen is bright and strong when I need it to be and I notice it less and less.
Wireless works great, 3 usb ports, decent built in webcam, fairly lightweight and has HDMI out!Read more ›
1. Light for its size. I had a Dell XPS M1330 before and this feels lighter than that even though its a 14 incher !
2. Fast processor. The turbo boost on its Core i5 really makes it snappy for everyday work and also for photo and video editing. The new Office 2010 runs smoothly on it.
3. Looks expensive. The aluminium on its lid and around its keyboard give the product a distinct look.
4. Graphics management. The intel HD and nVidia 310m graphics switch seamlessly according to the programs needs. Runs 1080p HD video (native and flash) smoothly without any hitch.
5. The Keyboard is this laptop's strong point. Its chiclet style and good to type on.
6. Heat management is great on this laptop. The CPU and graphics card temperature didn't exceed 65C even after several hours of (moderate) use. The outside also felt cool.
1. Touchpad could have been better. The scrolling seems incosistence. (I am not sure if the touch pad or Windows 7 is to blame)
2. The battery life could have been better. It is giving me 3.5-4hrs on a charge with moderate use.
Its a steal. I was looking at the Envy 14 before this but with this laptop's price, features and looks, I am glad I got it.
This laptop had all the necessary components you would need. The design, processor, and graphics are the best in its price range. Considering that I was able to buy it for $649 including the $100 Amazon promotional code. The Intel i5 IMO is the best processor since it balances battery life and performance unlike i3(lacks performance) and i7(short battery life). On the graphics, It can play most of the latest games at low-medium settings only. Design...just look at the pictures. Everything else are just average for a laptop (screen, spekers, etc.) The things that bothers me is the Wireless Card and the wrong description of Amazon about having a Fast-Start feature.
Pros: Intel i5-460m, Nvidia 310m!!(laptops with dedicated graphics are worth $700+), Design (looks like a Mac)
Cons and Solutions:
*The Wireless Card is below average and as what some reviews says that it disconnects occasionally is actually true. It happened to me but I was able to solve that problem. To repair it update your driver by downloading it on wikidrivers not on samsung site
*The Samsung Fast Start Feature is not available on this laptop. I tried downloading the software but it says that this laptop does not support it. Is there anyone who can confirm this?
*Trackpad issues, not true. Mine work perfectly except for the two finger scrolling which is not important since there is a traditional scrolling at the side that works fine. Some reviews says that the mouse is too sensitive, that is because the Momentum feature is turned on. Configure your mouse settings to remove undesired features.
*Battery Life sucks! 2-3 hours of battery life on power saving mode.Read more ›
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5 years ago I bought this machine and still working smoothly. I am very happy with this purchase.Published 6 months ago by Oraldo Vukujevic
I use mine with Fedora Linux. Everything works except ...I thought the keyboard would be lighted. Either it's not, or that feature just doesn't work with Fedora Linux. Read morePublished 17 months ago by fuznacious
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So I've had this computer for 4 years now. still running like a champ, with the occasional crash/hiccup. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chan
Decent stats all around. I picked this up to do some light gaming back in December of 2010 and I'm posting this review from it today. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Johnny Kim
This computer was good only for the first two months or so, then it started overheating constantly and burning out the chargers. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Everything is working fine except the laptop won't charge, and I tested it and the cord is the problem the charger won't do its job its broken or something. Rather annoyingPublished on January 30, 2013 by Natasha
It's definitely a very bad computer. ThE main problem is the overwarm of the computer and this turns off all the time. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Jesus
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