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Samsung Q320-JS03UK review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £570
inc VAT

The Q320's excellent design, great keyboard and small size make it a decent travelling companion.


13.4 in 1,366×768 display, 2.2kg, 2GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

At 2.2kg, Samsung’s attractive Q320 is 200g heavier than our limit for ultra-portable laptops, but it’s still light enough to carry regularly.

With a battery life of four hours and 21 minutes, it can survive for long enough away from a power socket to be useful.

While it may be heavier than a standard ultra-portable, the weight has been put to good use, with Samsung fitting high-quality components. The 2GHz Pentium Dual Core T4200 processor and 4GB of RAM are a potent combination, helping the Q320 to an overall score of 51 in our 2D benchmarks. The Nvidia GeForce 105M graphics are a step up from integrated Intel graphics, although the score of 9.2fps in our Call of Duty 4 benchmarks shows that it still can’t cope with the latest games. Less demanding strategy games and older titles at low resolutions should be fine, though.

The bright 13.4in display has a resolution of 1,366×768. Viewing angles aren’t very good, though, and moving off-centre makes the screen look washed out. We also found that text wasn’t quite as sharp as on other laptops.

Despite the small size of the case, Samsung has managed to squeeze in a slot-loading DVD drive for watching movies. A minor annoyance is that there’s no eject button and you have to press Fn-Insert to remove a disc. The speakers are useful for watching a film on the move, although they distort at full volume.

They keyboard’s great. Samsung has used all the available space, and all the keys are a good size. They’re responsive and comfortable to type on, too, making the Q320 a decent computer for work as well as pleasure.

There’s a lot else to like, too. The generous 500GB hard disk provides plenty of storage space. VGA and HDMI outputs mean that this laptop is easy to connect to almost any external display, from a projector to an HD TV.

Samsung’s Q320, by virtue of its weight, isn’t quite an ultra-portable, but its small size means that it’s still a decent travelling companion. Its screen isn’t quite as good as we’d hoped, however, so this laptop just misses out on an award.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200
Processor clock speed 2GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 37x325x231
Weight 2.2kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 23W
Power consumption active 46W


Viewable size 13.4 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce G 105M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 256MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive model TSST TS-T633A
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/n
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/34
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC
Other ports 1x eSATA


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Cyberlink DVD Suite
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £570

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