Samsung Q320-Aura P8700


Samsung Q320-Aura P8700Notebook: Samsung Q320-Aura P8700
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
Display: 13.4 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.3kg
Price: 1400 euro
Average Score: 81.2% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 76%, features: 72%, display: 47% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 95%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 40%

Reviews for the Samsung Q320-Aura P8700

80% Samsung Q320
Source: Digital Versus English
According to Samsung, the Q320 “is ideal for style-conscious students or power hungry business users who need to keep in touch on the move.” And with its 13.4” display and black shell, the Q320 is indeed a handsome machine. And with a configuration to match, this notebook is a good, relatively mobile all-around partner. Fully equipped and nicely finished, the Samsung Q320 is a good notebook computer if you want to stay away from the bulkiness of the new 15.6” models. Unfortunately its glossy LCD panel is of poor quality, and its sound is very disappointing. Performance is decent and good enough for all-around use

Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Samsung Q320
Source: PC Pro English
Samsung's Q320 is a fine example of the increasingly popular 13.3in laptop. It walks the fine line between Apple's minimalism and the attention-seeking gloss of dearer laptops, with the glossy black lid contrasting attractively against a matte-black interior and subtle chrome highlights. Blends portability and finesse with an impressively affordable asking price3
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 100% performance: 83%
80% Samsung Q320 review
Source: PC Advisor English
At £670 the Samsung Q320 poses strong competition for other well-equipped 13in notebooks, such as the Dell Studio XPS 13. Samsung's model has a little more muscle than that, but it isn't quite as stylish. Overall, the NP-Q320 is a pretty good value for a general-purpose laptop. This machine is a bit heavier than most 13in models, but it's compact and lightweight enough to carry around all day at school or work, big enough to work on easily, handsome enough not to walk around with in public, and fast enough to be your primary computer. If the screen were better, the Samsung NP-Q320 would be an outstanding bargain.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
77% Samsung NP-Q320
Source: PC World English
For many people, the pricing sweet spot for the perfect laptop is between $800 and $1000. Full-fledged yet svelte, Samsung's NP-Q320 all-purpose notebook ($949 as of September 10, 2009) has the muscle to serve as your primary work/school/home computer. The laptop is compact and light enough (4.8 pounds) not to break your back, it has a 13.4-inch screen that you don't need to squint at, and it's powerful enough to run most major applications well. Still, this nice all-purpose laptop suffers from a couple of minor usability problems.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 78% features: 79%
60% Samsung Q320
Source: Laptop Mag English
Samsung’s latest 13-inch notebook offers strong performance for the price, but we’d prefer longer battery life. At first glance, Q320 seems like a bargain, because it is significantly less expensive than 13-inch competitors with discrete graphics, such as the Dell Studio XPS 13 ($1,354) and Sony VAIO SR Series ($1,359). Unfortunately, a hefty frame and short battery life make the notebook less portable than we’d like, and multimedia playback could be better. If you’re willing to sacrifice discrete graphics, the Toshiba Satellite U505 ($799) is $130 cheaper. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for copious processing power and good graphics performance in a 13-inch chassis, the Q320 makes a solid choice at a compelling price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Samsung Q320 review
Source: Techradar English

Samsung's Q320 is a highly portable laptop offering quality and usability without compromises. If you're in the market for a highly portable laptop, whether it's for business or home use, we're confident you'll struggle to find a better machine than the Samsung Q320. Comfortable, well made and surprisingly powerful, it comes highly recommended.

Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Samsung Q320-Aura P8700
Source: Trusted Reviews English
This is a well considered and classy step-forward from its predecessor. While the Q310 was overly flashy and slightly gaudy, the Q320 is more restrained and offers a look and feel that surpasses its affordable price. This view can be applied to its feature set and performance as well, making this a stonking bargain that's perfect for anyone who needs a little portability without sacrificing performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80% features: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Test Samsung Q320 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/20/2009
Rating: display: 40% emissions: 40%
80% Samsung Q320-Aura P8700 Balin Subnotebook
Source: Minitechnet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%
80% Samsung Q320-Aura P8700 Balin
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 50% display: 40% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
85% Samsung Q320
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 85%


NVIDIA GeForce G 105M: Higher clocked 9300M GS and therefore a bit faster. Still manufactured in 65nm. Supports Hybrid-SLI with HybridPower and GeForceBoost (in conjunction with the right Nvidia chipset).

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


Mid-range dual core processor with 3 MB level 3 cache and a TDP of 25 Watt.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

13.4": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.3 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

Samsung reviews

81.2%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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» HP Pavilion dv3-2299eo
Pentium Dual Core T4300, 13.3", 2.1 kg
» HP Pavilion dm3-1030eg
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» HP Pavilion dv3-2230ea
Core 2 Duo T6600, 13.3", 2.2 kg
» HP Pavilion dm3-1035tx
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6-2173cl
Core i3 350M, 15.6", 2.8 kg
» HP Pavilion dv7-3183cl
Core i5 430M, 17.3", 3.2 kg
» Novatech X16
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 15.6", 2.8 kg
» Mesh Computers Edge17 HD Pro R
Core 2 Duo T9600, 17.0", 2.9 kg
» HP Pavilion dv3-2210eg
Core 2 Duo T6600, 13.3", 2.36 kg
» Dell Inspiron 13z
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 13.3", 2.01 kg
» Nexoc E630
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 15.6", 2.7 kg
» Samsung R470
Core 2 Duo T6500, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote TR85
Core 2 Duo T6500, 15.6", 2.8 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65
Pentium Dual Core T4300, 15.6", 2.66 kg
» Acer Aspire 5738ZG
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 15.6", 2.8 kg
» Acer Aspire 5738G
Core 2 Duo T6400, 15.6", 2.8 kg
» Zoostorm 84-5200
Core 2 Duo P8600, 15.4", 2.75 kg
» HP Pavilion dv3-2050ea
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 13.3", 2.3 kg
» Asus U50VG
Core 2 Duo T6400, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Asus UX50V
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Gateway ID5805g
Core 2 Duo P8700, 15.6", 3 kg
» HP Pavilion dv3-2055ea
Core 2 Duo T6400, 13.3", 2.2 kg
» Zoostorm 83-5200
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 15.4", 2.75 kg
» Acer Aspire 4937G
Core 2 Duo P8700, 14.0", 2.4 kg
» Novatech X15
Core 2 Duo T6400, 15.4", 2.5 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Y650
Core 2 Duo P8700, 16.0", 2.8 kg
» Medion P6613
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 16.0", 3 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-05-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)