The power adapter is rather big:
It is too big for the Q30 in size as well as in capabilities:
I don’t know why they equipped a notebook on a Pentium M ULV with a power adapter that could normally power up a notebook on a full-fledged Pentium M. This must have something to do with such a thing as product unification .
You get an external optical drive with the Q30. It is designed to match the notebook’s appearance:
This is no DVD-burner, but a simple combo:
The Q30 model had appeared on the market before DVD-burners became popular. You don’t run the risk of losing the connection cord as with the drive for the Acer notebook:
So, one end of the cable is fixed in the drive and the other lies in a special groove in the drive’s own case. This solution has only one drawback – the same as I noted about the Acer TravelMate 3004WTMi. The cable is short, so you can’t put the notebook on your laps with the optical drive connected.
To keep the device protected against scratches and dirt, you should use the enclosed cloth pouch:
Well, considering the price of this small computer from Samsung, I would have expected to find a normal bag included.
The single sore spot of the Samsung Q30 and the serious drawback I mentioned above is its abnormally low performance. It is slower even than the Dialogue FlyBook A33i in the CPU test! The Samsung engineers must have wanted to set new records in down-clocking Pentium M ULV processors. But when it comes to the battery life tests, I can’t but applaud to the same engineering team – the numbers are astonishing! The Samsung Q30 is beyond competition in this parameter among ultra-light notebooks. You can work normally on the “half” battery – some other reviewed models don’t have similar results even on their full battery. As for the artificial “slowing down” of the CPU, I don’t actually complain about it. Unlike the above-mentioned FlyBook A33i, the Q30 works without a hitch. The OS interface is not sluggish and office and multimedia programs run at an acceptable speed. So, if you need the minimum of a notebook with the maximum of battery life time, the Samsung Q30 may be the solution. And if you are satisfied with everything save for the Q30’s performance, take a look at the new Q30 Plus model. It features a new processor and a Bluetooth adapter, and its performance is the maximum possible in its class, although the manufacturer of course had to sacrifice the time of autonomous work to achieve that. According to first reviews of the Q30 Plus in the Internet, the new model of the notebook can last about 40-50 minutes less in the Classic and Reader’s modes, respectively. And while the Q30 is an obvious leader in its class in terms of autonomous work, the Q30 Plus has normal parameters and not more.
So, it is simple with this one. Take the Q30 if you need a notebook with the maximum possible battery life time, and consider the Q30 Plus if you need more performance.