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Samsung Q430

Samsung Q430 14in notebook

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Not quite as thin'n'light as billed

Samsung has cheated on the Ethernet. It's 10/100Mb/s - I'd expect Gigabit on a modern notebook. But you get 802.11n Wi-Fi and, let's be honest, that's how 99 per cent of the Q430s sold will connect to the network. It also has Bluetooth 3 - handy for future-proofing, perhaps, but no more useful than Bluetooth 2 for the moment.

Samsung Q430

The keyboard flexes a little but is fine to use

Samsung calls the Q430 a thin'n'light machine, but it's more than an inch thick - it measures between 26mm and 32mm - and weighs just over 2kg. Lighter than some similarly sized notebooks, yes, but not amazingly so. It's certainly no MacBook Air or Dell Vostro 13.

There's a little bit of flex to the calculator-style keyboard, but on the whole it's fine to use. Samsung has used the extra space to the sides of the keyboard - the result of a 14in rather than 13.3in screen - to move over the Delete, Home, Page Up, Page Down and End keys into a column of their own, and the cursor keys move over to fill in the bottom right corner.

The trackpad gets the thumbs up too but I have to take issue with the large L-shaped hatch on the base of the Q430. Yes, it gives you access to the memory slots and the hard drive but it's a bugger to get back on thanks to numerous clips that tuck under the rest of the base.

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