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Samsung N130 - Connectivity, Usability, Battery Life & Verdict
Connectivity on the N130 is little different to 99 per cent of netbooks. There are three USB ports, a couple of audio jacks, VGA for video, a Fast Ethernet port and (at the front) a memory card reader. This covers all the basics you really need, though the addition of standby charging on one of the USB ports might have been useful.
Samsung netbooks have traditionally had excellent keyboards and the N130 is no different. Its keys are a comfortable size and have nice crisp actions, making typing a relative breeze. This is supported by a good layout that's enhanced by the cursor keys being slightly withdrawn. If one were being picky it would be nice to have a larger right-Shift key, but it's a minor complaint.
This excellent keyboard is matched to a touchpad that works just fine. It's a reasonable size for a netbook, and its buttons offer good feedback.
As for the screen, it's a fairly nondescript affair. Its 1,024 x 600 native resolution is the same as that found on most netbooks, offering enough real-estate to fit web pages satisfactorily but not much more. Vitally, it has a non-reflective finish, which makes the N130 much easier to use when out and about. Colour production and detail levels aren't outstanding but they are sufficient, and text is extremely sharp and readable.
Speakers on netbooks are rarely much to shout about, but the N130's are particular poor. It doesn't help that they're housed beneath the front edge of the machine, but even so they're very weak and tinny. Anything more taxing than an online video clip is to be avoided.
Far more important to a netbook is its battery life. Though the N130 has a six-cell unit, its 4,000mAh capacity isn't quite as munificent as more expensive models such as the Samsung N210. Still, it can last up to five hours when playing video, which should suffice for the great majority of users.
There's nothing flashy about the Samsung N130, but that's kind of the point. It's everything a netbook needs to be - no more, no less - and is priced accordingly. If that sounds good to you then it's well worth looking at.
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