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Samsung X1 Intel Centrino Notebook
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 25th October, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  

Slim and Mean

Regardless the angle at which one appreciates the engineering that went into the Samsung X1, there's simply no denying that it is a slim and sleek Centrino notebook. Yet, despite all the miniaturization and space saving efforts, feature and functionality were barely compromised. High-speed connection for peripheral expansion are provided by three USB 2.0 ports, a mini FireWire 400 jack and one PCMCIA slot, which is also home to a slim credit card remote control thrown in with each X1. The slim remote controller is used as an infra-red wireless control of Samsung's 'AVStation now' media center.

Apart from saving much space and weight with the use of a tiny 1.8-inch 60GB hard disk drive, Samsung has also extended storage in the form of an integrated top loading Combo drive and a 5-in-1 card reader, thereby reducing the gadget count for owners of the Samsung X1. Along with wireless connections such as Bluetooth, Infrared and WiFi, which are all standard out of the box features, the Samsung X1 would make a great platform for almost all kinds of business and content creation applications.

That being said, it is very unlikely to find IT managers flocking to procure the Samsung X1 in numbers given the lack of hardware security measures such as the increasingly popular Biometric fingerprint scanner and smart card reader. If anything, the slim yet mean Samsung X1 is better poised to replace bulky desktop computers, but definitely not a powerful enough substitute for PC gaming systems because the integrated graphics controller simply does not pack enough punch to push today's demanding games as compared to discrete solutions from ATI and NVIDIA. One of the hottest and latest games, Quake 4, is definitely not possible on the Samsung X1 - just in case you're wondering.

A top loading Combo drive sits in a spot where the keyboard of most notebooks is planted and because of this design, loading optical media is much easier than on notebooks with tray loading optical disc drives.

Top loading optical disc drives are a rare sight in notebooks except for notebooks from Panasonic and now Samsung.

An Infrared receive is cleverly designed into the housing of the LCD panel for optimum line of sight operation via the remote control.

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