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Samsung Q330 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £560
inc VAT

Improves on the original, but only just; we still want to see 4GB of RAM, but the Q330 is still an excellent ultra-portable laptop.


13.3 in 1,366×768 display, 2.0kg, 2.53GHz Intel Core i3-380M, 3.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Even in this new guise the Q330 still lacks a dedicated graphics card. The integrated graphics do help battery life; in our light usage test, the Q330 lasted just shy of seven hours, but playing modern games is out of the question – the laptop struggled through our Call of Duty test at 10.9fps. Thankfully, Intel’s integrated graphics chip is much better at handling video, playing 720p content smoothly on the 13.3in display.

Samsung Q330 right

Both moving video and still images looked very sharp at the screen’s 1,366×768 native resolution. The screen is bright, but colours aren’t particularly accurate; some images had a slight blue tint, which required a trip to the graphics control panel to fix. There isn’t a great deal of screen tilt, but both horizontal and vertical viewing angles are good enough that several people can view the display at once – the glossy finish made it difficult to see the screen clearly under harsh office lighting, though.

Samsung Q330 left

Due to its last-generation processor, the Q330 may not be at the forefront of performance, but it’s still a fantastic ultra-portable. Thinner laptops are available, but very few have optical drives. We’re still a little baffled as to why Samsung insists on installing 3GB of memory and we would have preferred dedicated graphics, but for this price there are few better options.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i3-380M
Processor clock speed 2.53GHz
Memory 3.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 26x329x231mm
Weight 2.0kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 13.3 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3150
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, MMC
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Operating system restore option backup and recovery software
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 starter edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £560