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Samsung Q430

alaTest has collected and analyzed 225 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and performance. The price and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical views about the connectivity and touchpad.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung Q430 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Q430

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Samsung Q430 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the keyboard and usability are generally positive. The portability and performance also get good feedback.

screen, performance, portability, usability, keyboard

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Q430 14 inch LED Laptop (Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz, 4Gb, 500Gb, DVDRW, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) - BlackSamsung Q430 14 inch LED Laptop (Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz, 4Gb, 500Gb, DVDRW, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) - Black

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Q430

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Samsung Q430 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and portability. The price and design are also appreciated.

performance, design, price, portability, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Zack Stern (pcworld.com)

Samsung Q430

 

The Samsung Q430 has the specs required to zip through work and play. Unfortunately, a dull display, pointless and annoying software extras, and a few cut corners hold the Q430 back from excellence. But even so, its strong underlying performance makes...

Nimble processor and graphics chip ; Long battery life for its class

Minimal range of ports and connections ; Mediocre display color and contrast

The Samsung Q430 skimps on the display and ports, but strong performance and battery life do much to offset that problem.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Samsung Q430-11 Review

 

It's one of the best-looking 14-inch notebooks of the year, and one of the most comfortable thin-and-light notebooks we've used. Plus, the Q430-11 performs well--whether you're watching HD movies online or playing games--and it stays cool under...

Elegant aluminum design, Comfortable chiclet-style keyboard, Strong graphics performance for the price, Lots of useful utilities

Relatively short battery life, Speakers aren't very loud

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Emily (blog.laptopz.com )

Samsung Q430 Laptop Review

 

Laptop with only high performance to price ratio can't satisfy users greatly. They have thought a lot of laptops' appearance and workmanship. Samsung Q430 laptop caters to their needs, decent performance and excellent appearance.

The maximum temperature on the back is also found in the heat vents area, reaching 38 °, while the remaining part performances well, being controlled under 36 °.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Jamie Bsales (computershopper.com)

Samsung Q430-11 Review and Ratings

 

The Q430-11 offers close to the best performance we've seen from a sub-$1,000 thin-and-light. Battery life could be better, but overall, this is a strong choice for anyone looking for a fast portable.

Strong CPU and GPU performance ; Sleek design ; Welcome multimedia software suite ; Excellent Webcam

Short battery life ; Mediocre speakers ; No dedicated multimedia/volume buttons

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com_old)

Samsung Q430

 

The first thought that leaps to mind when thinking about the Samsung Q430 is “they sure didn't name it very well.” That may seem like a small thing, but having a catchy, recognizable name helps customers associate a particular line of computers with...

Samsung offers multiple support options. You can call them to talk to a friendly representative. You also have the option to use their website to find answers to commonly asked questions and access their forums

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (techradar.com)

Samsung Q430-JS02UK review

 

A highly usable and portable laptop with commendable performance

Performance ; Dedicated graphics ; Battery life ; Build quality

Small amount of flex in palmrest ; Can get Core i5 for similar price

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Zack Stern, PCWorld.com (techadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung Q430 review

 

Unfortunately, a dull display, pointless and annoying software extras, and a few cut corners hold the Samsung Q430 back from excellence. But even so, its strong underlying performance makes the laptop worth considering for general-use, midrange buyers.

Even with a mediocre display, a thin roster of ports, and barely sufficient audio, the Samsung Q430 has enough positives to win over midrange buyers. In particular, the laptop's strong processor and good battery performance help you overlook its...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung Q430 review

 

Decent Windows and 3D performance, over five hours battery life and an excellent screen make the Q430 a great lightweight all-round laptop.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

Samsung Q430

 

One of the best affordable laptops on the market, the Samsung Q430 offers a fantastic all-round experience. It's powerful, packed with features and looks great. If you're in the market for a new machine, it's well worth a look.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Geoff Rabans (reviewexplorer.com)

Samsung Q430 Laptop

 

The Samsung Q430 laptop boasts some impressive specs whether you're planning to use it for business or pleasure and provides some decent value – our model retails for around a quite reasonable £670.

If you are looking for a laptop you can class as an all-rounder, then the Samsung Q430 could be worth a look. Nothing really stands out as exceptional, but this isn’t a bad thing; laptops that particularly shine in a particular area are often weak in...

Oct, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:SRS Premium Sound
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5

Battery

Battery Capacity:5200
Battery performance:5200
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3

Certificates

EPEAT compliance:Silver

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
LED backlight: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:60

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / NVIDIA GeForce 310M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics

Keyboard

Keyboard number of keys:88
Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal memory:3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:Fast Ethernet
Wi-Fi:No / Yes

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

Other Features

Audio system:SRS Premium Sound
Display:LCD
Graphics adapter family:Intel / NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Weight:4.7

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:60

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I3-350M / i3-370M / I5-460M / I5-480M
Processor boost frequency:2.8 / 2.933
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-xxx
Processor frequency:2.26 / 2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:I3-350M / i3-370M / I5-460M / I5-480M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series
Processor socket:BGA1288 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C2 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:43529 / 49020 / 50179 / 52952
Processor code:SLBPL / SLBUK / SLC22 / SLC26
Processor package size:34 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.37 / 9.4 / 9.41
Depth (imperial):9.4
Height:1.3
Height (front):1 / 1.04
Height (front) (imperial):1
Height (imperial):1.3
Height (rear):1.3
Height (rear) (imperial):1.3
Weight:4.7 / 5.25
Width:13.5
Width (imperial):13.5