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Samsung QX410 Review

March 19, 2011 By: lilybird Category: Desktop and Laptop

Elegantly designed and well-equipped, the Samsung QX410 delivers lots of value and appears good carrying it out. This 5-pound notebook incorporates a fast Intel Core i5-460M processor, Intel’s Wireless Display technology, and Nvidia’s GeForce 310M graphics with battery-saving Optimus technology.

Design
Encased in silvery aluminum with a sophisticated brushed metal treatment, the Samsung QX410’s lid and deck come with an upscale feel. A raised logo crafted in reflective metallic letters tastefully proclaims Samsung’s handiwork. Tipping the scales in a modest 5 pounds, the laptop measures 13.7 x 9.7 x 1.1 inches. Unlike other fashionable notebooks carved originating from a single block of metal (such as the MacBook Pro), the QX410’s aluminum style doesn’t carry over to the undercarriage. Above the keyboard, you could find a circular power button with a subtle blue LED, dedicated volume and mute controls, and a wireless on/off button.

Keyboard and Touchpad
The chiclet-style keyboard is full-sized and really should receive few complaints from all forms of typists. The “clickpad,” however, is a different story.The QX410-J01 works on the “clicking touchpad,” where the mouse buttons are designed into the touchpad itself. This process works beautifully on Apple MacBooks, but until now who else has become this right. HP used it and failed with the HP 14-1110NR, and today Samsung is wanting the same. In the QX410-J01 the integrated pair of mouse buttons restrict the touchpad’s function, particularly if surf with two fingers-one for dragging, the other for clicking the mouse button. The touchpad multitouch gestures don’t help. It’s confusing the second finger for a command to pinch-to-zoom, enlarge, or scroll. When the gestures aren’t recognized incorrectly, the cursor jumps in one end to the other. An uncomplicated work-around is always to navigate and then click with a single finger.

Display and Audio
The Samsung QX410 is graced with a bright 14-inch LED-backlit display. Occur a glossy, flat bezel–which Samsung identifies as “Edge-to-Edge Glass”–the laptop’s screen features a 16:9 widescreen format. The display’s 1366 x 768-pixel resolution is standard for your notebook this size, and DVD movies looked great. The QX410’s glossy coating can be a reflection magnet. Viewing angle performance was at line in what we’ve seen using their company portables, namely the Sony VAIO EA and Dell XPS 14, allowing groups to enjoy the show.

Ports and Webcam
The included Webcam includes a maximum video resolution of 640×480 pixels, and had suitable contrast and display quality to get off a good Web chat, but is way from high-definition.Despite a thin body, the Samsung QX410 includes a standard availability of ports, that go over most bases. An odd dust-shielding plastic hinge reveals two concealed USB 2.0 ports and HDMI. An example of the two USB ports has Samsung’s version of sleep-and-charge, which enable it to be employed to USB-charge a smartphone or any other gadget even if the QX410 is hibernating or powered down. One third USB port is hidden on the right side, behind the DVD drive. There is absolutely no ExpressCard slot or eSATA, but all normal bases are covered.

Performance
The Samsung QX410 includes a 2.53-GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor that scales as much as 2.8-GHz dynamically. 4GB of RAM manage memory duties, while a substantial 640GB harddrive (5,400-rpm) covers data storage needs.With Windows Home Premium as the laptop’s OS, the QX410 notched an outstanding PCMark Vantage score of 5,977.The notebook copied a 4.97GB folder of mixed media for a price of 21.6MBps; that’s below the average for any machine this size, that is 24.6 MBps.

Battery life and Wireless
Intel Wireless Display, as we’ve revealed before, is usually a useful wireless protocol for transmitting audio and HD video content to a TV without wires. WiDi requires the by using a $99 Push2TV box from Netgear, that is certainly sold separately. Other technologies such as Apple’s own AirPlay and bulky solutions from HP and Asus’ WiCast offer slightly different solutions, also wireless. Wireless Display blocks content from DVD or Blu-ray playback, however it remains a good choice for home users wanting to make their laptops effortlessly be section of a home entertainment setup. Considering the already low worth of the QX410, it’s really a nice add this is not really costing any extra.Now, with that battery conservation: while Optimus provides some leg up on battery life compared to laptops this size with dedicated graphics that are not to be powered down when not utilized, the Samsung QX410 lasted for 3 hours and 29 minutes using the included six-cell battery. Measuring only average in relation to a 14-inch laptop, but it is as good as the Toshiba Satellite E205-S1980, and than most gaming-capable Core i5 laptops.

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