Samsung QX410-J01 review: Samsung QX410-J01

The Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics in the QX410 are entry-level, but suitable enough for basic mainstream gaming. Unreal Tournament III at native 1,366x768-pixel resolution played at 38.1 frames per second, a performance that was nearly identical to the similarly equipped Toshiba Satellite E205-S1980. We played Activision's Blur at native resolution and medium graphics settings, and though the framerate wasn't silky smooth, it was good enough to be immersed in. These graphics are better than none at all, and Nvidia's Optimus automatic-switching technology enables some battery conservation, too.

Juice box
Samsung QX410 Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.68
Sleep (10%) 0.97
Idle (25%) 9.11
Load (05%) 46.49
Raw kWh Number 44.74
Annual power consumption cost $5.08

Annual power consumption cost
Samsung QX410
$5.08 
Asus N82JV-X1
$6.17 
HP Envy 14
$6.66 

Now, about that battery conservation: while Optimus provides some leg up on battery life compared with laptops this size with dedicated graphics that can't be switched off when not in use, the Samsung QX410 lasted for 3 hours and 29 minutes using the included six-cell battery. That's only average when it comes to a 14-inch laptop, but it's better than the Toshiba Satellite E205-S1980, and better than most gaming-capable Core i5 laptops we've reviewed recently. It may not be a great laptop for a long plane flight, but its extra-deep base would already count it out for any cramped coach-class passenger anyway.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Unreal Tournament III (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1280x768, 0X AA, 0X AF  
1366 x 768, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Asus N82JV-X1
125.1 
98.1 
HP Envy 14
92.6 
57.8 
Samsung QX410
42.4 
38.1 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Samsung includes an industry-standard one-year warranty with the QX410. Its support is accessible through a toll-free phone number weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Saturdays. Samsung also provides support via chat and e-mail. Samsung's Web site has an easy-to-find online knowledge base and driver downloads.

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System configurations:

Samsung QX410
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M460; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 310M + 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Samsung 5,400rpm

HP Envy 14
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Asus N82JV-X1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 335M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG-7805
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M460; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 + 128MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

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Samsung QX410-J01

Part Number: NP-QX410-J01US

MSRP: $829.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color silver
  • Weight 5.1 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce 310M / Intel HD Graphics - 512 MB
  • CPU Intel Core i5 460M / 2.53 GHz
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