According to CNet, which reviewed the Samsung Q430, this notebook has the build quality of laptops twice its price. The display lid is made of a black aluminum and the keyboard deck is brushed aluminum. The Q430 sports a 14-inch edge-t0-edge glass LED-backlit display. These attributes in combination with the 1.3″ thick notebook’s island-style keyboard give the Q430 a premium look and feel.
The Samsung Q430is powerful enough for everything most students will throw at it. With a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 310 M graphics engine with 512MB of memory, the Q430 should provide more than adequate performance on multimedia applications as well as gaming.
Samsung Q430 Full Specifications:
- 14-inch HD LED-backlit LCD display (16:9 aspect ratio)
- 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-450 processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 310 M with 512MB memory
- 4GB of RAM
- 500GB HDD
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi
- Three USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI out port
- VGA out port
- 3-in-1 card slot
- 4-hour battery life
- Windows 7
In CNET’s video coverage, Scott Stein notes that the touchpad is nothing special and could stand to be a little bit larger. Also, unlike the Samsung R580, which was similarly priced, the Q430 lacks a Blu-Ray drive as well as a little bit of screen real estate. For CNET’s full video coverage of Samsung’s Q430 notebook in HD, click here.
The Samsung Q430, which would be well-suited to many college students’ needs, is currently available in the US from many electronics retailers. Best Buy is offering the new Samsung Q430-11 notebook for $829.