The first thing that struck me about the Q1 was the packaging. Samsung has really pushed the boat out to make the Q1 look good even when it’s in the box. Much like the old Apple iPod cube shaped boxes, the Q1 packaging looks sleek, stylish and expensive. But since you can’t judge a book by its cover, it’s good to know that the Q1 itself looks even better than the box that it ships in.
The general consensus around the TrustedReviews office is that the Q1 looks like a PSP on steroids. The glossy black finish, widescreen display and what looks like a PSP analogue stick on the left all conspire to create that oversized PSP effect. The overall image of the Q1 is one of a high-end consumer electronics device, rather than a PC and I guess the general idea is that it’s a bit of both. Weighing in at 779g and measuring only 227 x 140 x 27mm (WxHxD) the Q1 is large and heavy compared to a Windows Mobile device, but smaller and lighter than even the most svelte ultra-portable notebook.
Inside the Q1 is an Intel Celeron M running at 900MHz, along with 512MB of memory. The Q1 will accept up to 1GB of memory, but you’d have to dump the 512MB SODIM if you wanted to upgrade. The 40GB hard disk is hardly capacious by notebook standards, but Samsung is limited to a 1.8in model due to the size of the Q1. Wireless connectivity is well catered for with both 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard, allowing you to get connected via a hotspot, or through a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
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