Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium

The Good Lightweight; excellent battery life; relatively roomy hard drive.

The Bad Multiple input options, all of which are awkward; design gets only slight update from previous versions; more expensive than new Netbook-style laptops.

The Bottom Line The new generation of similarly sized Netbooks do more and cost less than the Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium, putting another nail in the UMPC coffin.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 5.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Battery 7.0
  • Support 6.0
6.0 Overall

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Review

Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium

Once full of promise and impressive feats of engineering, the ultramobile PC category has fallen on hard times, outmaneuvered by a cheaper, more capable class of systems known as Netbooks or mininotebooks. Best exemplified by the popular Asus Eee PC, these laptops use the same small screens and low-power CPUs as most UMPCs, but keep the traditional keyboard/touchpad interface and usually cost between $400 and $700, while many UMPCs cost $1,500 and as much as $2,500.

Samsung's Q1 Ultra was always among our favorite UMPCs, thanks to its reasonable price, BlackBerry-style keyboard, and touch screen. This is the third version of this system we've looked at, and the $1,399 Q1 Ultra Premium seems an awful lot like the earlier models. That was fine in the pre-Netbook era, but the Q1 has clearly not changed enough with the times. There may still room for a device that's equal parts BlackBerry, iPhone, and Eee PC--but Samsung will have to invest in a serious redesign to hit that ambitious benchmark.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,049
  • Brand Samsung
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Edition Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Capacity 80 GB
  • Diagonal Size 7 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel 945GMS Express
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