The Samsung QX410 has been updated to become the Samsung QX411. Its predecessor’s impressive spec and slick design came at a very competitive $800. The upgrade sees the incorporation of Sandy Bridge architecture and USB-3 connectivity, yet Amazon is offering the
Samsung 14" QX411 Notebook for $649, (or $599 for a refurbished one) which is only $100 more than the similarly-specced
Dell Inspiron 14R, which sells for $499.
Let’s take a look at some Samsung QX411 pictures:
Appearance-wise the svelte aluminum chassis resembles a Sony Vaio but the QX411 is quite heavy at 5.1 pounds. Amid the slate-gray interior sits a chiclet-style keyboard, offering very comfortable typing with good key travel and feedback. However it’s not backlit, and there’s no option to upgrade on the QX411, whereas the Dell 14z optional backlit keyboard costs an extra $24. Above the keyboard are a button for volume control and one for turning WiFi on or off.
The huge sunken Synaptic responds rapidly to multitouch gestures. There are no discrete mouse buttons – instead there’s an integrated click-pad.
The 14-inch screen of Samsung QX411 notebook is set as an edge-to-edge display, giving a piano-black bezel and adding allure to the overall viewing experience. It has a nice 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Brightness is fine, but we found in general that colours had a faintly bluish tinge, and contrast ratios ere not up to Samsung usual high standards. Viewing angles are just about acceptable.
The stereo speakers of Samsung QX411 sit behind a grill above the keyboard. They deliver good volume and sound is richer than with most notebooks, although of course the Dell Inspiron 14z’s speakers give one of the best audio experiences on a notebook. The 0.3MP webcam is of the feeble 640 x 480-pixel type, so it only just qualifies as sufficient for video chat.
There are two USB-3 ports and just one USB-2, a WiMax antenna for 4G connectivity, Intel Wireless Display 2.0, and no Bluetooth. Most of he ports in Samsung QX411 are concealed behind a side panel on the left side of the notebook, which can be awkward for general use but helps cosmetically. The Intel WiDi Wireless can transmit output to a HD display, but the notebook needs to be connected to a transmitter box costing around $99, and although second-screen functionality is thus made possible, the solution seems a bit fudged to us.
6GB RAM and 640GB hard drive storage on Samsung QX411 are good at this price point, although the hard drive is of the slower 5400rpm variety. However the newly-released 2.4GHz Core i5-2430M processor offers slightly better performance than the older i5-2410M CPU common on mid-rangers, and when multitasking the Samsung QX411 benefits form the extra computational power. The notebook relies on Intel’s integrated graphics for its pixel engine, which is roughly equal in performance to entry-level graphics cards from a year ago. That means everyday tasks such as video playback and office suites are handled with ease, though gaming must be done at lowered settings.
One area where the Samsung QX411 shines is battery life – it offers a full 6 hours of moderate use, although Samsung has decided to make the battery non-removeable, which certainly makes extending the standard 12-month battery-and-all warranty advisable. It isn’t without its faults, and the webcam is a bit of a joke, but the Samsung QX411 is one of the best-priced notebooks around.
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