Samsung Q430-11 review:

Samsung Q430-11

Multimedia multitasking test
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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The Nvidia GeForce 310M GPU gives the laptop good enough graphics for most mainstream games, but it's a middle-of-the-road processor that won't qualify as "gaming" graphics for hardcore gamers. On our Unreal Tournament III benchmark, the GPU cranked out 40.2 frames per second at 1,280x720-pixel resolution, and 37.8fps in its native 1,366x768-pixel resolution with medium settings. These scores are good, but they are not stellar. We also played Activision's Transformers: War for Cybertron; it played decently with the Nvidia chip, but it had a slightly clipped frame rate. Though the laptop's graphics will disappoint console gamers, it will satisify those who are looking to just play a few games on their laptop.

Juice box
Samsung Q430-11 Average watts per hour
Off 0.5
Sleep 1.27
Idle 13.68
Load 53.61
Raw kWh 57.18
Annual power consumption cost $6.49

Annual power consumption cost
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Samsung Q430-11

The Samsung Q430-11's six-cell battery lasted for 3 hours and 8 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. Considering it also has dedicated graphics chip, that's not bad for a midsize laptop; however, we've seen longer battery life from other midsize laptops. In this roundup, the Samsung Q430-11 averaged slightly better scores than average. It also outperformed the Samsung R580 we reviewed in the winter roundup.

Samsung includes an industry-standard one-year warranty with the Q430-11. Its support is accessible through a toll-free phone number weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Samsung also provides support via chat and e-mail. Samsung's Web site has an easy-to-find online knowledge base and driver downloads. Though retail outlets also offer extended warranties to laptop buyers, we generally don't recommend you buy them.

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System configurations:
Samsung Q430-11
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M; 500GB Samsung 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dm4-1065dx
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 M430; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 64MB

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