Samsung – X22 review

well-featured business laptop
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£469 + VAT

Samsung has been steadily building up its range of laptops, from the diminutive Q45 up to a selection of 15.4-inch desktop replacements. One of the latest arrivals to the line-up is the X22 (NP-X22T000/SUK), a model with a 14.1-inch screen that’s primarily aimed at the business user.

If you didn’t know which part of the market the X22 was being aimed at, just one look at it will put you right, as its austere graphite grey finish (which has a strange, slightly rough feel to it) gives the game away. Somehow the design doesn’t put us off, but there is a surprise when you open the lid, as you are met by a brushed aluminium finish which helps increase the feeling of really well made notebook.

Powering the X22 we reviewed was one of Intel’s Core 2 Duo T7250 processors which, clocked at 2GHz with 2MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz FSB, will enable the X22 to make light work of everyday office applications. Backing up the CPU is Intel’s PM965 / ICH8M chipset combination and 1GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory, clocked at 667MHz; that’s fine for the pre-installed Windows XP Pro, but the laptop supports up to 4GB of memory should you want to go further.

Yes, this version of the X22 comes with good old Windows XP installed (you can hear the cheers from here) but if you must have Vista, other X22 versions come with it.

The graphics are powered by an ATI Mobility Radeon HD2400 chipset with 128MB of dedicated memory, so you won’t be doing much games-playing on the X22, but no surprises there.

Output from the HD2400 powers a 14.1-inch screen which has a couple of niggles about it. Firstly, the disappointing resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels, and then the glossy coating, which really does reflect light. That’s, not what you want in an office environment, and it’s a shame because, apart from that, the screen is rather good with decent colour definition and clarity. A 1.3-megapixel camera is installed in the top bezel of the screen.

Built into the left-hand side of the chassis are two stacked USB ports, a LAN port, a VGA port and an HDMI port, all useful additions to a business notebook. There is also a PC Card slot under which is a 5-in-1 card reader. The right-hand side is dominated by the optical drive but there is room for another USB port, two audio ports and the modem socket. In addition to the wired Ethernet and modem you also get 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N wireless networking and Bluetooth.

For storage there is a 160GB, 5,400rpm hard drive and an 8x LightScribe DVD burner to allow you to back-up data quickly and effortlessly.

The keyboard is a fine example of the breed, with keys that are nice and responsive with little if any flex to the backing plate. The whole thing is a joy to use, as is the touchpad which is smooth and responsive without being overly sensitive.

Samsung has compromised battery life against portability with the X22. It weighs in at a tad over 2.2kg, which is pretty impressive for a laptop of this size, but to get down to that weight the designers have used a pretty meagre four-cell, 2,600mAh battery.

This does the X22 no favours when it’s off the mains, managing just a shade under two and a half hours when tested. It might make three hours in real life conditions with all the power-saving settings turned on, but that’s a tall order.

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Verdict
Samsung's X22 joins a very competitive market and its feature set and price point make it a strong contender, but the comprise between weight and battery life does let it down.