The Samsung Q430-11 is a 14-inch laptop that can be found at a fixed configuration at retail stores. Equipped with excellent performance and design, it should make the shopping list of anyone searching for a laptop for common use. The Q430-11 is available for $799.99 and comes with a one-year warranty.
The Q430-11 is powered by a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-450M processor with 3 MB of cache. The i5-450M is a multi-core processor, and gives the laptop performance that is fast and allows it to handle multiple applications at the same time. Performing tasks such as web surfing, document editing, media editing, and some gaming can be done without trouble. The Q430-11 has performance that, when compared to other laptops in its class, is quite impressive. It has 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM for additional help when it comes to multitasking.
One of the more impressive core components of the Q430-11 is its discrete graphics that come in the form of a Nvidia GeForce 310M card. The card allows for casual gaming, although those looking for a gaming-centric laptop might be a bit disappointed should they want to run more advanced games on the Q430-11. A 500 GB hard drive is on board to provide ample storage for all of your files and other data. The Q430-11's six-cell battery is said to provide around four hours of usage on a full charge. That is a satisfactory number considering the laptop's size. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit is the operating system that comes pre-installed.
Additional features of the Samsung Q430-11 begin with a 0.3-megapixel camera and microphone that can come in handy when you want to video chat. A DVD drive is included so you can watch DVDs and listen to CDs. To connect to the fastest wireless networks available, there is 802.11n integrated Wi-Fi. A 3-in-1 media reader is also included should you want the ability to transfer data quickly from other devices, such as digital cameras. Formats supported by the reader include MultiMediaCards, SD cards, and SD High Capacity cards.
In terms of looks, the Q430-11 is a winner. Its lid features a brushed aluminum finish in black that adds a modern touch. The areas surrounding the keyboard and wrist rests, meanwhile, are silver in color, and the keyboard sports black keys. Samsung did a good job with the laptop's design, and its look should suffice for casual users and professionals alike.
It's also easy to carry around, weighing 5.3 pounds and measuring 13.5 inches wide by 9.4 inches deep by 1.3 inches thick. The 14-inch display has a HD resolution of 1,366 x 768. The display provides vibrant graphics, and also has a edge to edge glass design that is easy on the eyes. The display is good enough for watching movies and other media, although the speakers provide volume that is a bit underwhelming.
The keyboard features wide, flat keys that are comfortable to type on. The touch pad, however, is on the small side, which could frustrate some. It does support multi-touch gestures, which is a plus. Connectivity is decent. The left side features a VGA port, an Ethernet port, a HDMI port, a USB port, and headphone and microphone jacks. The right side features the DVD drive and two more USB ports.
For its price, the Samsung Q430-11 is a good choice for those looking for a laptop that is both attractive and has enough features and performance to satisfy everyday usage.
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