Complete with Vista Home Premium, the Samsung Q35 is the smallest and easily the most portable Vista laptop we've reviewed.
Despite its light weight the Samsung Q35 feels robust, but the lack of lid clasps make it less secure than we would have liked. the Samsung Q35's red shiny casing seems resistant to scratches and, with a contrasting silver interior, makes for an attractive laptop.
The 12.1in screen is large enough to view comfortably and, although the Samsung Q35’s dainty proportions mean a considerably smaller keyboard, it’s easy and responsive to use. The trackpad, spacebar and return key are large enough, but the buttons below the trackpad are thin and difficult to press. Similarly, the clearly marked scrolling panel is tricky to use and unresponsive.
The Samsung Q35 features built-in Bluetooth and can connect to a, b or g wireless networks. There's a six-in-one card reader and a DSub port to connect an external monitor. However, we were disappointed to find just two USB ports and neither a webcam nor a TV tuner.
The Samsung Q35's widescreen display makes the Q35 a very compact unit and, with a resolution of 1,280x800, the screen quality is impressive, producing good brightness and rich colour. Disappointingly, the Samsung Q35 managed only 3fps in our gaming tests, hobbled by Intel’s Mobile 945GM Express chipset for its graphics duties.
There are no media playback buttons, but the single quick access button launches Samsung AV Station Now – an application specifically designed for playing music and video, and viewing photos.With a 100GB hard drive, over 1GB of memory and a Core 2 Duo T5600, the Samsung Q35 is perfectly suited to those wanting a stylish, portable laptop without compromising on power.
- WorldBench 6 benchmark score: 64
- Battery life: 110 minutes
- Games test: 3 fps