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Samsung Q1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 506 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and usability are generally positive. The portability and screen also get good feedback, but there are mixed reviews on the battery and keyboard. Some have doubts about the value for money.

performance, screen, portability, usability, design

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung Q1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung Q1 Ultra


Microsoft created a ton of fuss with the launch of a version of Windows tuned for palmtops and other keyboardless PCs. But the devices that utilized it—code-named Origami—couldn't live up to the prelaunch hype. The initial Windows XP–powered...

Great screen, good battery life, and improved stylus input

still bad for the fingers; slow performance in media apps

We remain optimistic that Microsoft and its hardware partners will turn the UMPC tide and deliver a compelling touch-screen experience. There were marked improvements in battery life and input (when using the stylus instead of a finger) with this...

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Samsung Q1EX-71G - Review of the Samsung Q1EX-71G


Sturdy, lightweight design, Responsive 7-inch touchscreen, Dock has excellent keyboard, Very good speakers

Short battery life with standard battery, Lacks Webcam on front of device, Poor handwriting recognition, Slow boot time

Samsung also includes a voice-recording utility with the device, which lets you capture audio in WMA or WAV format. Even with the record volume set to 100 percent, the playback volume was a bit faint (but understandably so). You might have trouble...

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Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium, a review of Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium


Improved performance can't help this pricey UMPC find a place in our mobile lifestyles.

Snappy performance, Bright, colorful display, Lightweight

Polarizing split QWERTY design, Expensive, Low volume

The Q1 Ultra Premium comes preinstalled with Adobe Reader, McAfee Virus Scan (30-day trial), and Microsoft Office (60-day trial). A fingerprint reader powered by AuthenTec's biometrics technology is also included. Samsung covers the system with a...


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Samsung Q1 Ultra-V


Long battery life, Bright 7-inch screen

Poor input, Vista runs at glacial speed, hurting productivity

This full-featured UMPC has a big, bright screen; but slow performance and an awkward keyboard mar its usability.

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Samsung Q1 Ultra


A split keyboard and better battery life make this ultra-mobile PC a better option than the original, but we're still not sure when and where we'd use it.

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Samsung Q1 Ultra (Vista Home Premium)


Aside from being a bit lighter, the Q1 Ultra's overall design hasn't changed much from last year's model. A bright, clear 7-inch widescreen display dominates the glossy, black plastic chassis and features a native resolution of 1,024x600, which is...

Appealing, polished design; multiple input options, including a QWERTY keyboard; lightweight; big, bright screen; inexpensive for a UMPC; relatively roomy hard drive

Poor performance limits its versatility and appeal; battery life is still short of what's needed for a UMPC; no cellular broadband; the keyboard is an improvement over onscreen keys, but typing is still a challenge

Despite making improvements to its UMPC, Samsung still has work to do. The underpowered Q1 Ultra is best used for on-the-go Web surfing, but there are better and cheaper devices for that specific task, including that new device from Apple you may have...

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Cadillac Styling With Pinto Functionality


The Ultra is for ultra wide. While other UMPCs tend to have a boxy, chunky look, the Q1 frame measures just 9-inches wide and slightly under an inch thick. This

Glossy black finish and sleek design cater to the stylish set. Big 7-inch touchscreen. SD media card slot, standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, and fingerprint scanner built in

Some input controls (mouse function, buttons for left and right clicks, and four customizable options) are too flat and less effective than the touchscreen-stylus combo. Slow to open and toggle between applications

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Samsung Q1-SSD reviewed


We've just come across a complete review of Samsung's Q1-SSD UMPC, the first device in its class with a solid state NAND flash drive. Sammy's had some ups and downs with its Q1 devices over the last few months, giving us all the more reason to wonder...

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Samsung Q1 UMPC and Accessories Reviewed


If we gently ease Apple into an out-of-mind drawer then it becomes fair to say that the award for most anticipated hardware of the year goes to the UMPC, March's Origami campaign for which persuaded some, at least momentarily, that Microsoft was hip....

Most reviewers have spit the majority of their bile at the UMPCs lack of physical keyboard. Instead users have a variety of touchscreen-based methods. Aside from handwriting recognition, which can cope with a surprising degree of scrawl thanks to...

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Samsung Q1 ultramobile PC


At 1.7 pounds, the Q1 is one of the lightest computers we've seen--lighter even than the diminutive Toshiba Libretto U100 (though the latter has a keyboard)--but it's quite a bit larger than the personal electronic devices currently taking up space in...

Beautiful, featherweight design; decent-size screen; multiple methods to navigate menus and input text; plenty of networking options; dual-mic array.

Lacks keyboard; poor performance; short battery life; weak speaker sound.

The Samsung Q1's sleek case is definitely eye-catching, but we expect better performance and battery life for a thousand of our hard-earned bucks.

Product Specifications

The Q1Ultra features the latest Intel Mobile technology - the next generation mobile processor for power-optimized mobile processing. It is enhanced to handle today's demanding software applications, such as graphics-intensive games or serious number-crunching programs. Its new power-saving features enable improved battery life, extended wireless mobility and even smaller components. The Q1Ultra features a Super Bright 7" LED display, so it can be used on the move or connected to any external monitor and the full screen displayed with perfect resolution. You can even use touch screen functionality for extra convenience when multitasking. At just 690g in weight and under 23.9mm in depth the Q1Ultra is significantly slimmer, lighter and more compact than the previous generations. Even so, the Q1Ultra still features an integrated QWERTY keyboard, stylus pen and user defined buttons, so accessing office applications, email, and presentations is easier than ever. And with its black high gloss and ergonomic design, you'll are always look stylish wherever you go. High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is a new form of mobile broadband that is capable of transmitting data at speeds up to seven times faster than the best 3G networks in existence. By improving downlink capacity, and so removing this potential bottleneck, HSDPA allows you to enjoy large-scale multimedia downloads, such as DVD-quality movies and interactive multimedia games, with high-speed wireless Internet access comparable to speeds of fixed-line ADSL services. The Q1Ultra features the latest network communication technologies, including 10/100 Ethernet LAN, 802.11b/g Wireless LAN, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), so you can quickly access the Internet, share information or connect to mobile phones, notebooks, headphones and other digital devices quickly and simply - wherever you are. And you can even upload photos, music and videos without any cables using the Q1Ultra's 2 in 1 memory card reader. The Q1Ultra's dual camera capability offers a convenient way to take business or personal pictures and stay in touch with colleagues, friends or family using video-conferencing or live messaging. On the front is an integrated 1.3 megapixel still camera, but simply flip it over and on the rear there's a 0.3 megapixel web-cam. The Q1Ultra has the extra capacity needed for ultra mobility, with over 30% more power than previous models. Its improved battery life means you can keep working for longer - you can now stay on the go for over 4 hours using the standard 4 cell battery or over 6 hours on the optional 6 cell battery.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:None/Sound card


Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)/3hour(s)/4.5hour(s)/4hour(s)/7hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:7in
Diagonal Size (metric):17.8cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 600/800 x 480
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Country Kits:United Kingdom/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung Q1/Samsung Q1 Ultra/Samsung Q1U/Samsung Q1UP/Samsung Ultra Docking Station

Input Device

Type:3 button pad / 8-way stick / Touch-screen/3 button pad / 8-way stick / Touch-screen/8-way navigation button / Joystick / Keyboard/8-way navigation button / Touch-screen/8-way stick / Pointing stick / Touch-screen / Keyboard/8-way stick / Keyboard / Pointing stick / Touch-screen/8-way stick / Keyboard / Touch-screen/8-way stick / Touch-screen/Keyboard/Keyboard / Touch-screen / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:400MHz/533MHz


Cellular Enhancement Protocol:HSDPA
Cellular Network Supported: Yes
Type:None/Wireless cellular modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter/None
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11b/g

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Home Premium
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition


Clock Speed:1.33GHz/1GHz/600MHz/800MHz/900MHz
Processor Number:353/723/U1500
Type:A100/A110/Celeron M/Core Solo/Pentium M


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1GB/2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Solid State Drive
Type:Portable/Solid state

Storage Removable

Type: None


Device Type (AI):Docking station
Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:32GB/40GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Ultra portable PC
Platform Technology:Ultra Mobile PC
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 900/Intel GMA 950