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First Look: Samsung QX410

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First Look: Samsung QX410

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Slickly-designed and amply featured, the Samsung QX410 looks and plays the part of a more expensive high-end laptop, at a price that's a solid value.

-Hi! I'm Scott Stein, senior associate editor at cnet.com and this is the Samsung QX410. Now, this holiday shopping season, everybody wants to know the same thing, "How do I get a great, affordable laptop that's got everything I need and it's pretty compact? And simple questions, right? Well, you may not be thinking of Samsung laptops. But this year, we've been really surprised at the quality and the affordability of Samsung laptops that we've seen and the QX410 is a slimmer, nicer looking design that really looks like kind of a crossbred of Vaio and a MacBook Pro, and a price that's really pretty reasonable, $849. And inside, you've got a core i5 processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 645 gigabyte hard drive and NVIDIA Optimus enabled automatic-switching graphics. Now, the graphics aren't spectacular. It's GeForce 310M which are entry-level but they enable you to play most mainstream games pretty well. Don't expect anything screaming if you're a real hardcore gamer. We're able to play everything from Unreal Tournament 3 to Activision's Blur at pretty reasonable frame rates and we enjoyed it. In addition, this laptop has Intel Wireless Display which we've seen on a number of other laptops. You need to purchase a separate $99 Netgear box called Push 2 TV. Once you have that, it enables streaming of video and audio content wirelessly to your television and it works really nicely with the exception of it doesn't play Blu-ray or DVD content. You probably will have that hooked up to your TV anyway. Considering of all that in this package for under a $1000, it's a great deal especially since it's a really nicely design laptop. It has aluminum metal frame here, brushed metal on the back, edge-to-edge glossy display. The keyboard feels really nice. It's sort of like a MacBook keyboard. It's a little bit like a Vaio keyboard or if you use ASUS's raised keyboards. And there's a MultiTouch clickpad that's pretty nicely sized better than other competitors we've seen. Not as large as a MacBook Pro's, but hey, we're not complaining. And the port selection is pretty nice. You've got your USB ports. You've got your HDMI. There's nothing unexpected on here. There's no express card and there's no Bluetooth on this. But other than that, for $849, you're getting graphics. You're getting a good processor. You're getting good specs. You're getting Intel Wireless Display and you're getting a design that to most people is gonna look high end, but hey, it's $849. You save a little bit of money this holiday season. Give this Samsung QX410 a look. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I'm Scott Stein and this is the Samsung QX410.

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