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Samsung N130 review

Andy Vandervell

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  • N130 25.7 cm 10.1" LED Netbook - Atom N270 1.60 GHz - Black (1024 x 600 WSVGA Display - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD - Intel MEDIA ACC. 950 - Webcam - Windows 7 Starter - 9 Hour Battery)

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Well-built
  • Affordable
  • Matt screen

Cons

  • Average specifications
  • Average battery life
  • No video acceleration

Key Features

  • Intel Atom N270, Single Core, 1.6GHz
  • 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD
  • 10.1in, 1,024 x 600 screen
  • Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP
  • Wi-Fi N
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: free/subscription

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Once all the rage, netbooks are now subservient to the latest tech craze: tablets. None has done more to eclipse netbooks than the Apple iPad, but just because people like talking about tablets and the iPad more than they do netbooks, it doesn't mean netbooks don't still have their place. Take the Samsung N130 as an example. This 10.1in netbook has no frills, no tricks or gimmicks on which to sell itself, but it's cheap (currently around £230), well-made and very portable. Exactly like a netbook should be, in fact.

In many respects the N130 is the spiritual successor to Samsung's original netbook, the much-loved NC10. Certainly on a component level there's very little difference. Slotted inside the N130 is an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive, with Wireless-N Wi-Fi on-hand for connecting to wireless networks. Only the hard drive (160GB on the NC10) and the Wi-Fi has been upgraded.

Other elements, such as the 1,024 x 600 resolution screen, are just as we'd normally expect. What's more important is the presence of a decent, 4,000mAh six-cell battery that should ensure the N130 returns good battery life - always an important factor for any netbook, no matter the price.

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Should you prefer Windows XP then you're in luck, as the N130 is still available with it installed. Our version, however, came with Windows 7 Starter Edition. It works just fine, though we've also installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition, which functions okay on the N130 - albeit with a few tweaks required.

All this is wrapped in a chassis that's both elegant and durable. Unlike many of the more recent releases, such as the Acer Aspire One 532h or Asus Eee PC 1005PE, the N130 eschews all varieties of glossy plastic, instead opting for an entirely matt black finish. This might not catch the eye so readily, but the nicely tapered lid and body give the N130 an air of class that belies its bargain basement price.

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Another factor in the N130's favour is excellent build quality. Despite weighing just 1.25kg it feels extremely solid and well put together, with nary a hint of creaking panels or dodgy joins. We have no doubt the N130 could survive a few bumps scrapes provided they're not too grievous.

Simon

June 10, 2010, 2:41 pm

Just a minor point, it would have been nice if you mentioned the 5 hour battery life when watching video within the text of the review.

Ed

June 10, 2010, 2:53 pm

@Simon: You mean aside from in the last paragraph?

Simon

June 10, 2010, 8:15 pm

Apologies!

GoldenGuy

June 10, 2010, 8:15 pm

It's always embarrassing for Mac users when reviews get to netbook connectivity, where you have to step up to a £1000 portable to get SD, and over £2000 for 3 USBs.

PaulW

June 11, 2010, 5:16 pm

Very fair review, as I have one of these. Have increased RAM to 2Gb, updated to Win 7 Ultimate and dual boot Win 7 / Ubuntu Netbook. Can't really find anything to complain about! For £225 when compared to "anything MAC" its a no brainer! Both Win7 & Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook edition run very spritely. Am well chuffed.

totally exasperated

September 22, 2010, 1:30 pm

I've had an N130 for a few months and it's nearly been chucked out of the window several times - it's maddeningly slow, especially on reply when I'm emailing. None of the reviewers here seem to have the same problem - can anyone suggest a solution?

Ed

September 22, 2010, 1:44 pm

@totally exasperated: Netbooks are slow I'm afraid. That said, I'd suggest trying a different email client and see if that's any quicker. You're not running antivirus are you, cause that will kill performance?

Nomad25

October 3, 2010, 7:53 pm

Looks like Samsung have reduced the hard disk capacity since the review down from 250GB to a 160GB (5400 rpm S-ATA) according to their on line brochure and the Amazon listing http://xrl.in/6ggd

gmaatt

October 26, 2010, 5:23 pm

Hi,


I am interested in getting one of these, but I want to be able to watch my dvds on it. If I were to copy my dvd image to the hard drive and view it, would this machine handle the dvd playback (being hard of hearing I need the subs). Also I have read that this machine stuglles when multi tasking, is that so the case?

Phillip Thorne

January 14, 2011, 7:21 am

I bought the N130 160GB model with webcam from Cash Generator (second hand goods shop chain) for £90. I installed a 500GB Samsung hard disk, 2GB PC2 DDR667 800Mhz Samsung RAM, connected a P.C DVD drive to a USB to SATA converter and installed Windows 7 (x86) Home Premium. It runs super fast and the Intel graphics chipset is good enough to use the full function of the Windows 7 themes. Amazingly I can play Modern Warefare Call of Duty on it in medium resolution without any glitching issues!


Just one other point that wasn't mentioned - This has an L.E.D screen as opposed to an L.C.D so the picture is also crisp and vibrant.


One of my better buys, I recommend it!

danielbaker114

August 1, 2011, 4:56 pm

Great little netbook,. suggest buy it

Great value for money

Pete

December 3, 2013, 10:47 am

The Samsung N130 looks like an excellent replacement for the Display Screen PCs / laptops which we use. These are loaded with the Display Screen images ( webpage running WMV files in a frame ) and can be updated remotely if on the LAN. VERY IMPORTANT is the fact that the N130 will output to 1024x768 when connected to a larger display screen. We previously used Acer Revo 3700 nettop PCs, but these have fried themselves as they are constantly left running 24/7. The N130 is slim enough to sit behind a display screen and does not suffer from the overheating issue. A few modifications should have them shutting down overnight and boot on lan int' morning, then auto refresh the current web components.

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