- 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)
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 PC World newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Venom Blackbook Zero 14 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- More iPad screen sizes unlikely to stop slump
- Android struggling in tablets as Windows 10 2-in-1s come on strong
- Samsung unveils Galaxy Book, a Windows 10 tablet aimed at the Surface-curious
- Everything we think we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3
- Lenovo's ThinkPad P71 will work with HTC, Oculus VR headsets
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- LG 2017 OLED and Super LED UHD 4K TVs: Hands-on review
- Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTNV1 Cleared Software Engineer (Mid level) - Defence Projects - North Ryde areaNSW
- CCProcess Improvement Specialist - TelcoVIC
- TPNetwork AdministratorWA
- CCPerformance AnalystQLD
- CCIT Business Analyst - UX DesignNSW
- TPProcess Business Analyst - Digital InnovationNSW
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectNSW
- CCOracle WebLogic AdministratorNSW
- FTSolution ArchitectVIC
- CCUX DesignerVIC
- FTHadoop Service AdministratorWA
- FTBusiness Development ManagerVIC
- FTCitrix ArchitectNSW
- FTDeveloper - Java/J2EEQLD
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD
- FTSAP Payroll and Time ConsultantVIC
- CCDeployment GraduatesSA
- CCTechnical Business Analyst - Infrastructure - VirtualizationNSW
- FTPMO Project Analytics and Tools ManagerNSW
- CCIT SharePoint SpecialistNSW
- TPTechnical Analyst - 6 Month Contract - Great Rates Of PayNSW
- FTDeployment ManagerVIC
- FTTechnical ConsultantACT
- FTSenior .NET DeveloperVIC