We gave the 13.3-inchan extensive going-over in August last year. But Samsung's been kind enough to send us over a new version, with a slightly more powerful Intel Core i3-370M processor. We thought we'd see how the new version stacks up in our benchmark tests, and figure out whether it's still a worthy machine half a year on. It's available online for around £525.
Pretty good lookin'
We were really impressed by the previous Q330. It offered spanking performance, good looks, and made a great option for people seeking a portable machine. The good news is that, in terms of portability, the new Q330 is pretty much exactly the same, so, if your main priority is acquiring a laptop that you can chuck in a bag and sprint out of the house with, it's still a great proposition.
The design has been changed slightly. The lid now sports a distinctive, diagonally striped pattern. It's better than the old design, which had a boring, black, brushed-aluminium effect. While the new lid is hardly the snazziest thing we've ever clapped our peepers on, it's pretty good looking. The build quality is up to snuff too -- this laptop isn't going to fall to pieces with the first little bump.
The new laptop rocks a dual-core, 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-370M CPU, in contrast to the older model's dual-core, 2.26GHz Core i3-350M. They're very similar chips, and all the other components remain unchanged. There's still 3GB of RAM, and still no graphics card.