Samsung launching trio of mobile computers at Best Buy stores

Samsung is gearing up for an exclusive launch at Best Buy stores nationwide this weekend. Expect to see the new Q430-11 laptop, along with the upgraded R580-11 laptop and N150-11 netbook.

Samsung is gearing up for an exclusive launch at Best Buy stores nationwide this weekend. Expect to see the new Q430-11 laptop, along with the upgraded R580-11 laptop and N150-11 netbook.

The standout machine of the Samsung trio is the new Q430 laptop. On paper, this notebook isn't all that different from the R580 (pictured above), as both have Windows 7 Home Premium OS, a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory, a very basic 0.3-megapixel webcam, HDMI support and a 3W stereo speaker. The R580 even has a few things better than the Q430, like the slightly larger display and the Blu-ray optical drive.

But with a marginally lower weight count, the Q430 packs more power into within that brushed aluminum casing, including a Core i5 CPU and advanced NVIDIA 3D graphics processing.

Given that there are many more specs to go over, here's a breakdown of each one starting with the netbook and going up from there:

N150-11

  • 10.1-inch LED-backlit, WSVGA non-glare display (1,024 x 600 resolution)
  • Intel Atom N450 Processor
  • Windows 7 Starter OS
  • Intel GMA 3150 graphics
  • 1GB of DDR2 667MHz memory
  • 250GB hard drive
  • 3W stereo speaker
  • 0.3-megapixel webcam
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet
  • Island keyboard
  • 9-hour battery life
  • Dimensions: 10.5- x 7.4- x 0.97-inches
  • Weight: 2.73 lbs.

R580-11

  • 15.6-inch LED-backlit glossy HD display (1,366 x 768 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Intel Core i3-350M Processor
  • Windows 7 Home Premium OS
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory
  • 500GB hard drive
  • Blu-ray optical drive
  • 3W Stereo Speaker
  • 0.3-megapixel webcam
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI
  • Island keyboard
  • Dimensions: 13.5- x 9.4- x 1.20-inches
  • Weight: 5.45 lbs.

Q430-11

  • 14.0-inch glossy LED-backlit glass HD display (1,366 x 768 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Intel Core i5-450M processor
  • Windows 7 Home Premium OS
  • 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory
  • 500GB hard drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 310M graphics with 512MB of DDR3 memory
  • DVD dual-layer optical drive
  • 3W Stereo Speaker
  • 0.3-megapixel webcam
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI
  • Dimensions: 13.5- x 9.37- x 1.04-inches
  • Weight: 5.25 lbs.

Pricing starts at $349 for the N150 netbook, then bumps up to $849 and $899 for the R580 and Q430 laptops, respectively. All three of the Samsung computers mentioned here will be available tomorrow at Best Buy. So if you're looking for a very last-minute gift for dad, there's a few more options now.

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