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Samsung P200 review: Samsung P200

The Good Compact size; fast performance; sturdy build quality.

The Bad No Draft-N Wi-Fi; lacks ports.

The Bottom Line The Samsung P200 is not only small and well built, but it also packs a significant performance punch. It has its weaknesses, such as the lack of ports and slightly non-standard keyboard layout, but overall, we reckon it's one of the better thin-and-light laptops around at the moment

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At first glance, the Samsung P200 seems to be little more than the company's popular Q45 laptop with all the fun taken out in an attempt to make it more appealing to business types. However, look further than its suit-and-tie attire and you'll find that this £700 laptop still has plenty of fire in its belly.

Strengths
The P200 fits neatly into the thin-and-light category as its small dimensions mean you can hide it under a single A4 sheet of paper. Although it's small in stature, it punches above its weight when it comes to performance. The combination of the 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 and 2GB of RAM helped it post a score of 4,232 in PCMark 2005, which puts it near the top of the thin-and-light stack. You also get a decent amount of storage, thanks to the 200GB hard drive. The battery life isn't bad either: it managed to keep running for 2 hours 44 minutes before finally conking out.

As the P200 is aimed primarily at business users, Samsung has dumped the glossy coating found on the Q45 and Q70 and instead opted for a rubberised finish. Gloss finishes tend to pick up fingerprints like a CSI agent and are also prone to scratching, so we do think that the rubberised look is likely to wear better for business travellers.

It's a similar story with the 1,280x800-pixel, 12.1-inch screen. It has a matte finish rather than the Ultra-Brite coating found on most consumer laptops. Of course, this means colours look less vibrant, but it has the benefit of being less reflective. Your eyes will thank you when you're using it on a train or flight home after a tiring business meeting.

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