Samsung Q30-SSD (12.1″)

Samsung Q30-SSD
Mfr’s Description: The two new SSD-enabled PC offerings are designed for optimal portability and resolve many of the traditional challenges of mobile computers. The data in flash memory are much more secure against external shocks that can occur when transporting a mobile computer. The SSD can withstand about twice the impact that would cripple a regular hard disk drive. In addition, stored data can be more easily retrieved from flash memory than traditional hard drives when PCs are dropped or liquid is spilled on the device. These mobile computing devices are the ideal solution for professionals and executives who are constantly on the move.

This notebook is not available in the US under the Samsung brand.

Note: This thing has no fans, which means low noise.
Note: The harddrive is a Solid State Disk – flash-based, and therefore produces no noise, is faster, and better on battery life.

This is based on Samsung’s Q30, however there are some subtle differences in addition to the harddrive.

Press Release

Reviews located at the bottom of the page.

Company/Manufacturing Information
Company:Samsung Electronics Co., LTD
Model Name:Q30-SSD
Product Page:To be determined
Type:Ultraportable Flash-based notebook
Introduced:May 2006
Cost (MSRP/Street):Starting at $3700 USD
CPU/Processor & Chipset
Processor Company:Intel
Processor Model:Celeron M 753 Ultra Low Voltage (ULV)
Processor Speed:1.2GHz
Bus Speed:400MHz
Cache Size:2MB
Cache Type:L2
Systemboard Chipset:Intel 855GME, ICH4M
Display and Graphics
Graphics Chipset:Intel Extreme Graphics 2 Technology (GMA 900)
Screen Type:TFT LCD
Screen Size:12.1″
Resolution:1280×768 WXGA
Video Memory:64MB
Video Out:VGA
Memory Capacity:512MB
Memory Slots:1
Memory Type:DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Speed:400MHz
Shared With Video:Yes
Hard Drive Interface:SSD – Solid State Disk/NAND-based Flash memory
Hard Drive Capacity:32GB
Hard Drive Physical Size:9.5mm
Optical Drive:External, Optional
Harddrive Shock Protection:?
Battery Type:Lithium-Ion
Default Battery Size:3-cell 26.6WHr, 6-cell Optional 53.2WHr
Mfr Estimated Runtime:Over 3.5 hours (3-cell) (Increased over the Q30)
Dimensions, and Weight
Height:18mm – 23.8mm
Wireless:Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
Wireless Type:802.11b/g
Ethernet:10/100 Ethernet
Mouse:Touch Pad
I/O Ports
USB Ports:2x USB 2.0
Firewire (IEEE 1394):1x 6-pin IEEE 1394
PS/2, Serial, Parallel:No
PC Card Slots:?
Flash Memory Card:Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital (SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC), Compact Flash (CF)
Port Replicator:?
Audio Chipset:AC’97 Compliant
Audio I/O:Headphone/line-out, Microphone/Line-In, Optical S/PDIF
Installed OS:Microsoft Windows XP Home or
Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Included Software:Varied – See Product Site for Details
Protection and Security
Fingerprint Reader:No
Hardware Passwords:BIOS Password
Warranty, Misc
Warranty:See product site for details


Note these are for the Q30, however they apply here

CNET Asia – December 2005 – (US$2,347.66) certainly doesn’t make for a very affordable notebook but the Q30 clearly wants to target the higher-end segment of the market.

TrustedReviews – January 2005 – 8 out of 10 – “Recommended” – If you’re looking for a very light and slim notebook to carry around with you all day, every day, you’d be hard pushed to find a better unit than the Samsung Q30. Just make sure that you don’t need PC Card or Bluetooth support.

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