IFA 2007: Samsung X22 - Upper-Class Notebook

Be different, think outside the box. This seems to be Samsung’s motto as it attempts to set its X22 apart from its competitors in the upper-class notebook sector with some smart ideas.

This first literally tangible effect of this design approach can be found in the case’s surfaces. The inside is styled with high-quality aluminum, while the outside surfaces are rubberized to protect the X22 from dents and scratches. Although this design choice is unconventional, it looks quite good nonetheless.

Studies have shown that the keyboard tends to aggregate large amounts of bacteria. Samsung wants to reduce this problem by giving the X22’s keyboard an anti-bacterial coating of silver ions.

The search for innovative ideas is also evident in a feature implemented through the function keys. By pressing a certain key, the notebook reduces both the CPU frequency and the fan speed. This “SuperSilent” mode can come in handy to prevent the fans from spinning up noisily when a CPU-hungry process or application such as an image editor is running.

The X22 will be sold with a non-glossy screen, although the floor model at IFA still used a glossy display. It’s possible that a large number of customers had complained about the stylish but highly reflective displays.

Samsung’s Santa-Rosa-based X22

The remaining features are in line with what the well-to-do buyer can expect from a top-of-the-line notebook : an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor (2 GHz, 4 MB L2 cache, FSB 800), a 200 Gigabyte SATA-drive, 2 GB of RAM and an Nvidia Geforce 8400 M GS.

The WLAN module already supports the fast “draft-n” wireless networking standard, although the previous versions 802.11 a/b/g are also implemented.

The notebook also offers HDMI-output, with DVI available via an adapter. (HDMI and DVI always use the same digital image transmission protocol, with HDMI adding digital audio.)

Although an WXGA+ display with a resolution of 1680 will be offered in some countries, the X22 will only be available with the WXGA resolution of 1280 x 720 in Europe and the US.

Weighing 2.8 KG, the X22 is also reasonably light. It will carry a price tag of £1,180 / €1,750 and will be available as of October.

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