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Samsung X420 Notebook review

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Overall rating 9/10
Design:
9
Features:
9
Performance:
8.5
Value:
8.5
Mobility:
9
THE GOOD
Sleek yet robust design
Extensive battery life
HDMI Port
THE BAD
Odd touchpad keys placement


For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only

If you loved the shiny black looks of the Samsung X460 that we previously reviewed, then the latest model in the X series should get you all hot and interested real quick. Samsung was kind enough to pop us a prototype model that we managed to spend some time with. Our thoughts? It's certainly a different and interesting design change compared to the sleek X460. Instead of the sharp edges, the X420 goes for sexier curves that are nice to look and feel.

The internals too differ from the X460. Instead of your usual notebook processor, the X420 actually uses the new Intel Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processor that's running an Intel Core Solo SU3500 processor, which means to say it's probably faster than your usual Intel Atom netbook, but still slower than your usual full-fledged high speed notebook dual-core processors. Retail units of the X420 will sport a much faster processor so that means there's plenty you can do with this notebook, and it does offer ample battery life as a feature.

While we weren't allowed to benchmark the unit due to its prototype nature, we could feel the machine running fine on Windows 7. Yes, that's right, the X420 will come loaded with Windows 7, so this probably puts its launch date somewhere in mid to end October, but we'll have to wait and see. Samsung's keeping a pretty tight lid on the information despite our best efforts to pry it out from them.

What we do know is that the retail version available in Singapore will feature a glossy build instead, and that the processor will probably be bumped to a faster, higher end model (possibly the Intel SU7300). That's really all we could get out of them, but it should be sufficient information to last you till we get their formal announcement on the actual specs and retail version sometime soon. Expect a full review too, when we get our hands on a retail-ready unit.

For now though, here are some pictures of the prototype unit and a table of specs of information that we know. Enjoy!