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Samsung Q430

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and portability. The performance and design are also appreciated. Views are divided on the battery, and the connectivity and sound get less positive opinions.

screen, design, performance, portability, value for money

touchpad, sound, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung Q430 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 70 reviews)

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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.

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Samsung Q430-11

 

This striking aluminum-clad notebook is comfortable to use and packs some graphics punch, but you'll need to bring that charger with you.

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...

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Samsung Q430-11

 

In an earlier retail laptop roundup, we were surprised to discover that the $829 Samsung NP-R580-JSB1US was one of the best all-around values in the midrange category. It was a complete package with a Blu-ray drive, Nvidia graphics chip, and an Intel...

Solid, higher-end design in a compact package; Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia graphics for an affordable price

Ports are sparse; no Bluetooth

An impressively designed surprise, the Samsung Q430-11 is a feature-packed, fast laptop that looks more expensive than it is.

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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 °.

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Samsung Q430-11

 

The Q430-11 offers close to the best performance we've seen from a sub-The Q430-11 offers close to the best performance we,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

The Samsung Q430-11 does exact a few compromises to get its price under The Samsung Q430-11 does exact a few compromises to get its price under $1,000: namely, sacrificing Bluetooth, an eSATA port, and a few other extras. The machine’s dedicated...

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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

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Good laptop but with a fatal flaw.

 

Great laptop, save for the mouse pad design flaw.

Great design

Once the mouse pad was worn through I had it replaced. Two months later the same problem. I doubt Samsung will fix it again

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Poor wireless connectivity

 

wireless speed on the same network as a Lenovo with identical specs was half as fast download and 10 times slower on upload speed. Within two weeks lines appeared on the screen when turning on but go away after opening a program or webpage. This screen...

inexpensive

poor wireless connectivity and speed ; poor durability ; poor customer service

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Samsung Q430

 

Great laptop, never crashed, never even slow. The only display that was better was the Apple. Display looked better than any other in this size. Touchpad is too touchy with swipes, makes regular motions swipes. Very small area to just move cursor...

Speed,battery life, ports,display,graphics,overall quality

touchpad

Consumer review by:

This Laptop is amazing. Period.

 

For a user who needs this computer for some games, and web browsing, this is perfect. The built in WiFi card isn't great, but it's okay for web browsing. The finish and design gives this computer a very Mac like look, which looks great. By default, the...

Great keyboard ; Nice bright display ; Nice Graphics for mild gaming ; i5 processor is a beast ; Design is amazing ; Very Maclike ; Doesn't get hot very often ; 14 inch screen is perfect ; Screen resolution is nice (1366x768)

Battery is short ; Display settings are messed up ; Could use bigger touchpad ; Touchpad needs getting used to ; Could use better graphics card ; No Blu-Ray ; No Bluetooth ; Atheros Wireless isn't that good

Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:3 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Portable

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce 310M / GeForce GT 310M / GeForce GT 330M

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM55 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I3 / CORE I5
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:I3-330M / I3-350M / I3-370M / I5-480M
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