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Samsung N110 - 10.2in Netbook - Samsung N110 - 10.2in Netbook

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell
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Summary

Our Score

9/10

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Connectivity, as you might imagine, is also identical both in composition and arrangement. On the left there's an Ethernet port and two USB ports, while on the right you'll find headphone and microphone jacks, another USB port, the VGA out and a lock slot. There's also the power button, which like before is mounted on the side of the hinge section. On the front, there's the memory card reader, while above the screen is the webcam.

One other thing Samsung has chosen to upgrade is the battery. It didn't especially need it, the six-cell 5,600mAh unit of the NC10 was perfectly good, but we won't complain with the new 5,900mAh capacity battery. In our tests we managed seven hours of general usage and eight hours of video playback, so battery life shouldn't be a problem.

Neither, for that matter, will the keyboard, which hasn't changed from the NC10 - as before it has a more or less perfect layout, while keys are large and easy to type on. Key action isn't particularly deep, but is firm and positive and overall the N110 still has one of the best keyboards found in any netbook.

Indeed, just like the NC10, the N110 is one of the best netbooks you're likely to find. It has all the right ingredients: a good keyboard, excellent battery life and attractive styling. Build quality is also very good, with good quality plastics used throughout, while we didn't detect any issues with heat or noise. Were we to have one single criticism it would have been nice to see the Wi-Fi upgraded to Draft-N, which would have provided a more tangible improvement over the NC10, but it's not a fatal issue.

One sticking point, though, could be price, since we've been quoted an MSRP of £349. Clearly this is a tad on the dear side, though once the N110 hits retail this is likely to go down and it's easy to forget the weak pound continues to confound our concepts of value - things just aren't as cheap as they used to be. Added to this the relatively meagre improvements over the NC10 and the N110 won't have current owners queuing around the block.

Verdict

Despite not adding a great deal over the NC10, the N110 is still an outstanding netbook provided you don't care about mooted extras such as video decoding. Thus, once the NC10 is inevitably discontinued, the N110 is one netbook that should be on most people's lists.

Scores In Detail

Performance
9/10
Value
8/10
Features
8/10
Design
9/10

Our Score

9/10
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Keldon

May 8, 2009, 5:34 am

Its always nice to see a product get updated but does this really add anything to the NC10?





The red stripe instead of the "chrome" is pretty but thats about it!





Is the touchpad button still a rocker style like the NC10? That is the only downside to the original! My NC10 gets more use than my desktop machine or my xps1730 - well when I can pry it from my good ladies hands!

josephcb0

May 8, 2009, 7:38 am

Somehow it looks more 'handsome' than NC10 at first glance :-)





Kinda sad that it's rare to find Samsung netbooks in Malaysia though..

DrDark

May 8, 2009, 2:47 pm

I'm the only one who prefers the chrome, then?

Hazellhoff

May 8, 2009, 3:12 pm

When oh when will you be reviewing the NC20??? This was the form factor that for me would be ideal, and I've been waiting with anticipation to see your opinion!





Or has that boat sailed?

Leonardo

May 8, 2009, 7:29 pm

I hope to see a TR review of the Dell Mini 10 sometime soon, but it can't be easy with the constant roll-out of tempting upgrades that Dell keep on unveiling. It looks like an exciting system for sure.

Hibou

May 8, 2009, 9:33 pm

Apart from an opportunity to increase prices, what is the point of this new machine? And what is the point of reviewing it? I bought a couple of NC10's for my kids, and they are great. If I bought one now, it would be the NC20 - a 12" screen is better than 10" and the trackpad is also bigger. Processing power, memory and Win-XP are perfectly adequate, while battery power and portability are everything on both.





The N120 (not N110) is at Amazon.uk at £359, almost as much as the NC20 at £374, while the original NC10 is only £302. The choice is still between the NC10 and the NC20, and the N110 (N120?) is irrelevant despite the red trim :-)





Oh, and I am an Australian too; "up-weight" isn't Australian and "run rate" is simply a cricketing term, perhaps less familiar in England :-)

Hibou

May 8, 2009, 10:03 pm

Hmm. Apparently the N120 is the same 10" screen model but in a bigger NC20 chassis to accommodate a slightly bigger keyboard. But why not pay an extra £15 for the NC20 and get the bigger screen as well? Samsung marketing are crazy, even if the basic product is good.

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