Samsung Q1 ultramobile PC review: Samsung Q1 ultramobile PC

Perhaps the Samsung Q1's fatal flaw is its battery life. We think a mobile device that strikes a compromise between a laptop (average battery life of 3 hours) and a smart phone/pocket PC (average battery life of 8 to 9 hours talk time, six to seven days standby) should run for 5 or more hours if it's going to be truly indispensable. But the Q1 lasted for just 2 hours, 49 minutes in our battery-drain tests--below average for a laptop and certainly distressing for anyone who wants the Q1 to be their primary computer on the run. For the moment, at least, Samsung does not offer an extended-life battery.

Samsung backs the Q1 with an industry-standard, one-year mail-in warranty. It's easy to find the Q1 manual, firmware, and driver downloads on the company's support Web site, and we like the feature that lets you track the repair status of your device. At the time of review, though, there were no FAQs specifically focused on the Q1; we also wish there were helpful interactive features, such as user forums or real-time chat with a technician.

Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2005 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2005 battery life in minutes  

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System configurations

Fujitsu P1510D
Windows XP Professional; 1.2GHz Intel Pentium M 753 ULV; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC3200 400MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Toshiba MK2006GAL 30GB 4,200rpm

Samsung Q1
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005; 900MHz Intel Celeron M353; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar C4K60 40 Go 40GB 4,200rpm

Sony VAIO VGN-U50-ULV
Windows XP Home; 900MHz Intel Celeron; 256MB SDRAM 333MHz; Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME 64MB; Toshiba MK2004GAL 20GB 4,200rpm

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Samsung Q1 ultramobile PC

Part Number: Q1 Released: May 1, 2006

MSRP: $999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May 1, 2006
  • Resolution 800 x 480 ( WVGA )
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel 915GMS Express
  • Installed Size 512 MB
  • Color Black
  • Weight 1.7 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 900
  • CPU Intel Celeron M 900 MHz