Samsung X10 Plus slimline notebook
Samsung tackles Sony, Toshiba on style
As far as performance goes the Samsung X10 Plus turned in some pretty good results. Under Mobile Mark the X10 Plus managed a battery life of just under three and a half hours. Although this isn't the best battery life I've seen, when you consider that the Samsung also turned in a Mobile Mark Performance Score of 201, it's clear that the X10 Plus wasn't throttling back too much to achieve maximum battery life. Therefore, you could probably tailor your power saving options and achieve better batery life at the expense of a bit of performance.
Firing up SYSmark 2001 showed that the X10 Plus could hold its own with other slim and light notebooks, turning in a score of 184 overall. The PCMark score was also reasonable at 3487 and you could probably even play the odd game on the X10 Plus, assuming it wasn't too new and you didn't want to turn any effects on.
The final piece in the puzzle is the price, and the X10 Plus isn't the cheapest thin and light notebook out there. At around £1625 the X10 Plus is sitting in the premium slim and light notebook sector, but to be fair, that's exactly where it should be. Having used this notebook for a while now, I can say that it feels every bit as solid as something from Sony or Fujitsu-Siemens. When compared to the Sony VAIO VGN-S1VP and the Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7010, the X10 Plus offers a better feature set at a lower price point, and although the Sony had a more stylish look and feel, the Samsung is far quieter in operation.
I can't deny that I like the X10 Plus, and I've enjoyed having it as my travelling companion for the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the lack of Bluetooth and slightly disappointing screen resolution take some of the shine off. Even without the Bluetooth, if Samsung could squeeze a 1400 x 1050 panel in this chassis, it would have a real winner on its hands.
The Samsung X10 Plus is a great thin and light notebook, with a strong feature set and good ergonomics. The fingerprint scanner is a nice touch and it's easy to set up and use. The price is a little on the steep side, and it could do with more desktop real estate, but Samsung has proved that it can compete with the likes of Sony and Fujitsu-Siemens in the slim, light and stylish notebook market.
|Samsung X10 Plus|
|Price||£1625 inc. VAT|
|More info||The Samsung UK website|
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