Samsung N210 - 10.1in Netbook - Samsung N210

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell
Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price £279.41

So the instant-on OS is only a limited success, but Samsung comes up trumps again with the N210's keyboard. It has opted for an isolation keyboard here, which not only looks good but is fantastic to type on. Keys are a shade smaller than the likes of the Acer Aspire One 532h, but they're large enough to be comfortable and offer up faultless precision and feedback. Allied to an excellent layout, it's a recipe for success. Our only gripe is that the front edge of machine feels a tad sharp, which can be a problem depending on where your wrists fall.

In comparison, the touchpad is merely okay. It's not the smallest or largest we've seen on a netbook, but it's about large enough to be comfortable and its buttons perfectly usable. It also sports multi-touch support, although it's not that useful on a netbook.

To our great surprise the speakers on the N210 aren't too bad, either. While bass is barely noticeable, the two speakers - which are housed just below the front edge - reach impressive volumes and with decent clarity, particularly for dialogue.

All of which is nice, but battery life is the one thing we're really after and Samsung duly obliges with a generous six-cell, 5,900mAh (66 Watt-hour) battery. We managed over eight hours of video playback with wireless disabled, putting the N210 near the top of the new crop of netbooks in the market.

As we've mentioned in our other recent netbook reviews, though, the N210 still has to contend with previous generation netbooks - including the NC10 - that are still on sale for around £50 less. Models like the excellent Toshiba NB200 still offer near identical performance and features for less, which makes it difficult to recommend these new machines outright. However, of the ones we've looked at so far, the N210 is definitely the best.

Verdict

Samsung continues to make all the right moves with its netbooks. While previous generation models still trump the N210 for value, among the new models it's one of the most polished and complete.

Scores In Detail

Battery Life
9/10
Design
9/10
Features
8/10
Performance
7/10
Value
8/10

Our Score

8/10
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Ben

March 23, 2010, 11:25 pm

Does House come with it or do I have to buy that separately?

JW Clapham

May 17, 2010, 11:51 pm

I bought the slightly higher spec n220, and unless I have a dud one I warn any potential buyers that even after upgrading the memory to 2 , the machine can't cope with i-player or even Skype video calls.. for me the latter is a serious oversight, its a great shame as otherwise its good. J

cliche

June 11, 2010, 6:32 am

Thanks for the heads up JW. I see that cutting corners will just make me frustrated. I might as well spend a few hundred pounds more on a machine I can use.

Gareth

July 6, 2010, 1:33 am

@JW Clapham: can't cope with iPlayer and Skype? You're kidding, right? How can a machine which touts ability to play back 720p HD Video not cope with iPlayer?





@Andy the reviewer: What's the integrated webcam like? Tech spec on Amazon says it's only 0.3MP - sounds a bit substandard...

Ben Beckwith

August 4, 2010, 2:21 am

Does anyone know the differences between the n200, 220 and 230? On the Samsung website, the specs are pretty identical except perhaps for bluetooth 3.0.

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