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The touchpad is small and its border is not marked with color. The touch-sensitive area is a bit sunken down; the buttons that replace the mouse’s left and right buttons are below it. There is no joystick for scrolling text and no scrolling zone, either.

The single irregularity among the keyboard’s 82 black-colored keys is that the tilde (~) key is in the bottom row to the left of the spacebar rather than in the top left corner as usual. The block of arrow keys are somewhat below the keyboard’s baseline to avoid accidental presses. These arrows do double duty and adjust the sound volume and screen brightness (when pressed in combination with the Fn key). The PgUp and PgDn keys above the Arrow Right and Left keys work as Home and End, respectively, if pressed with Fn. The Fn key itself is to be found in the left corner of the keyboard, occupying the customary position of the left Ctrl, and is combined with the Context Menu button (which is equivalent to clicking on an object with the right mouse button in Windows). The functional keys are smaller than the others (their additional functions are accessible through the Fn key); Print Screen, Insert and Delete are located in the same row, too. One Windows button is available.

For the sub-notebook’s lid to lie softly on the bottom there are special pads around the screen bezel. Two such pads are also placed on both sides of the keyboard.

The Samsung Q30 Plus is equipped with a widescreen 12.1” WXGA display (1280x768 native resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio). There is a glass coating on the screen (Super Bright technology) and the mirror-like effect is rather too strong even after you turn the computer on. So you should take care about the lighting conditions unless you want to use the screen of this sub-notebook as a mirror. :)

I think it’s good to have a widescreen display in a portable computer. Besides watching movies with comfort you can arrange several windows or a wide spreadsheet conveniently on such a screen. The screen resolution typical of normal-size notebooks in combination with the “wide” aspect ratio is just more informative.

I measured the brightness and contrast of the screen using a Pantone ColorVision Spyder calibrator with OptiCAL version 3.7.8. The screen brightness was automatically reduced to the second lowest out of eight possible gradations when the notebook switched over to its own battery, but I returned it back to the maximum and then performed the measurements. So the results don’t practically differ in the two modes:

  • AC power mode: 99.4 cd/sq.m brightness and 42:1 contrast ratio
  • DC (battery) power mode: 100.2 cd/sq.m brightness and 42:1 contrast ratio
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