Feeds
80%

Samsung Q310 13.3in laptop

Power and portability at a presentable price

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Review If you’re left confused by the extraordinary popularity of netbooks, but still want a decent laptop without spending a fortune, Samsung’s Q310 has you squarely in its sights. At under £700, it’s fast, packed with features and the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen – at least that’s what Samsung would have you believe.

Samsung appears totally obsessed with looks these days. Admittedly, the Q310’s shiny black chassis is eye-catching, but we have to disagree with Samsung when it comes to the nasty splatter of red along the bottom lip. Apparently, it’s a “deep rose red infusion” that helps gives the laptop “an aura of excellence and sophistication”.

Of course it is. When we first picked the laptop up we detected aura of cheap plastic that creaks all too easily in the hands.

Samsung Q310

Samsung's Q310: more kinda-portable than ultra-portable

It’s something of a miracle, then, that Samsung has opted for functionality over style with the keyboard – we half expected the keys to be made of the same glossy black plastic as the chassis. Thankfully, they have a textured finish and a good amount of travel. Our only complaint with the keyboard is that it flexes a little too much under pressure.

Port placement on the Q310 could be better. Two of the three USB ports are stuck round the back, making them difficult to access. They’re also stacked, so if you plug a bulky TV tuner into one, the other will be obstructed. On the plus side, the power and Gigabit Ethernet ports are also on the back, which helps keep wires out of the way.

Samsung Q310

The keyboard demonstrates functionality over style

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT
Especially if you are bad at them and keep losing
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style
Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.