Samsung QX411-W01UB Review

Posted by The Best Review Saturday, October 15, 2011 0 komentar
With the Samsung QX411-W01UB ($699.99 list at Best Buy) Samsung shows off the third generation of its QX series, which features one of the prettiest and sturdiest aluminum designs in the mainstream laptop category. The last two versions had Nvidia graphics (with switching graphics technology) and the biggest hard drive available—two features you won't find in this revision. Though the QX411-W01UB now runs on integrated graphics only and has a 640GB hard drive (750GB is the largest), Best Buy made the deal really tantalizing by shaving off $200 from the price. But too bad it couldn't replace the moody clickpad with a dedicated touchpad and mouse buttons. 


Like the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Thunderbolt) ($1,299 direct, 3.5 stars), Asus U46E-BAL5 ($699.99 List, 4.5 stars), and Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5) ($750 direct, 4 stars), the QX411-W01UB sports an aluminum construction . Not all aluminum frames are created equal, though; some are sturdier than others. The QX411-W01UB is a perfectly good example of an aluminum frame that can withstand a good palm press. Its top is as unyielding as that of the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch. Because of its thick aluminum skin, its 5-pound frame is slightly heavier than that of the 4.5-pound Dell 14z, 4.9-pound Asus U46E-BAL5, and 4.9-pound Sony VAIO VPC-EG16FM ($829.99 list, 4 stars). The 4.4-pound Gateway ID47H02u ($699.99 list, 4 stars) is the lightest mainstream laptop because it packs a 14-inch screen into a 13-inch frame. 


Like the Samsung QX411-W01's ($899.99 list, 3.5 stars), the QX411-W01UB offers Wireless Display, or simply, WiDi 2.0. Not only does it stream family slideshows or PowerPoint presentations to an HDTV, wirelessly, but the new improvements include streaming 1080p video (the previous version of WiDi was limited to 720p) and protected content (think DVD movies). You will, however, need to buy Netgear HD Push2TV receiver ($100 option at Best Buy), which has to be tethered to the HDTV at all times. The QX411-W01UB's internal WiMAX adaptor can connect to your city's WiMAX network, where available (as opposed to Wi-Fi, which covers a short range). Best of all, pricing plans are cheaper than many internet packages, and you don't have a dongle hanging off of a USB port.

The QX411-W01UB comes with a tray-ejecting DVD burner but no Blu-ray. In contrast, the pricier Sony VPC-EG16FM comes with a Blu-ray drive. Hidden behind a port cover are an HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports (which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0). While a port cover offers another layer of protection, it's a hassle pulling it off to get to those ports. There is a third USB that is uncovered, and it's the one I used most frequently. The laptop's hard drive capacity has been downgraded to 640GB (the previous one had a 750GB drive), but that's still plenty of storage for the average user. The speakers are right above the keyboard and are better sounding than those of the Asus U46E-BAL5 and Sony VPC-EG16FM.

Best Buy also has an extended warranty program, which offers customers an extra year of protection beyond the one-year warranty of most system manufacturers. There are two plans in this extended warranty program. The standard plan ($119.99) covers the system against normal wear and tear, power surge damage, and includes a "No Lemon" guarantee in which Best Buy will simply replace the computer if it requires more than 4 repairs during the coverage period. Best Buy's advanced plan ($219.99) offers all this, and also covers the system against accidental damage from drops and spills. Other special offers can be found online or in stores, like discounts on printers, software, and tech support plans which are available with any new consumer PC purchased through Best Buy.

Type General Purpose, Media
Processor Name Intel Core i5-2430M
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor Speed 2.4 GHz
Weight 5 lb
Screen Size 14 inches
Screen Size Type Widescreen
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics Memory 64
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 640 GB
Rotation Speed 5400 rpm
Networking Options 802.11n
Primary Optical Drive DVD+R DL
Wireless Display Capability (WiDi) Yes
WiMax Yes
Battery Type 60 Whr (Watt hours)
Tech Support 1 year parts and labor.
MobileMark 2007 – Standard Battery Productivity Load (hrs:min) 8:58
MobileMark 2007- Performance score 294
PCMark Vantage 2296
3-D BENCHMARK TESTS - 3DMark06 - 1,024 x 768 - Default 4851
3-D BENCHMARK TESTS - 3DMark06 - Native – 0X/4X 4065
Crysis - Medium quality - 1,024 x 768 - AA/AF=Off/Off 18.8
Lost Planet 2 (DX9) - Middle quality - 1,024 x 768- AA/AF=Off/Off 19.3
MULTIMEDIA TESTS - Handbrake 1:53 min:sec
MULTIMEDIA TESTS - PhotoShop CS5 4:00 min:sec
MULTIMEDIA TESTS - CineBench 11.5 2.71

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