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Even though it is one of the world's lightest netbooks in its 10.2" class, the NC10's innovative design is packed with the technology for maximum mobi...

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published 05/01/2009 | jameweights
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Pro Lots of connectivity - Big keyboard - excellent screen - Good spec
Cons bad sleeve to store netbook - battery life not that long - small touchpad
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"Samsung NC10 Netbook"

I managed to pick up this netbook for £299 which is oustanding value - from play.com.

The netbook is very light and can fit almost anywhere - it is very easy to carry around - you can set up anywhere and very easily connect to the internet where available.

The netbook looks very stylish and everything is laid out well. The keyboard is the biggest i have ever seen on a netbook - its almost full size which is a bonus as I have a lot of typing to do. One disadvantage of this is that the mousepad has been made very small which is a nuisance - you do get used to it but it is not ideal.

The specs for this netbook are impressive I mean a massive 160GB hard drive, a 10.2 inch screen. 1 GB of RAM and a 1.6GHZ intel atom processor. This spec allows the netbook to operate very fastly - the whole 6 months I have had this netbook - it has never froze and I run a lot of demanding programs at once e.g Word and Paintshop.

The 160GB goes a very long way - its common knowlefge that you do not get 160GB as the operating system takes up room and other system priorities. The screen is quite big - it is very bright and generally displays everything really nicely. The only problem with the screen is the resolution - the max is 1024*600 - now this sometimes causes problems especially yahoo mail - I had to revert back to the old style mail as the screen could not display it properly - as detected by yahoo and confirmed by me.

The battey life is the biggest selling point - I mean it is what made me buy the netbook. Now after 6 months of use - I am not impressed with the battery life. I mean if you want the 6 - 8 hours you will need to have everything on the lowest settings and basically not do anything demanding. I have got 8 hours using the batttery manager - i placed everything at the lowest settings and got my 7 and a half hours.

But after a recharge with everything on lowest settings - running some demanding programs - i got 4 and a half hours - now whilst this is still good - its not that impressive. If you switch to max performance the netbook is superb - everything is much faster and more enjoyable but then you will be getting a maximum battery life of 3 hours. Then there is the fact that batteries lose power after a while anyway.

The netbook can also get very hot - whether its charging or not - so dont put it on bare legs :-)

The charger is good and it doesn't take long to charge - especially when you can use the netbook whilst it is charging. The sleeve for storage is losuy and does nothing to protect the netbook - as well as there being no valcro lid to secure the netbook.

The netbook comes with windows XP service pack 3 - it really performs well on this machine - windows XP is very easy to use and compliments the system. Some say these netbooks are only really for the internet - well let me assure you - a lot more can be done on this one.

There is lots of connectivity for this netbook - there are 3 USB ports - a card reader - and an ethernet port - all work well and have very fast transfer rates. I had about 100 songs to write onto a USB stick and it was done in about 5 minutes - that is very quick.

This netbook is outstanding and is the best on the market even if it is slighlty more expensive than some of the others.

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  • catsholiday published 21/09/2009
    Trying to decide which mini notebook to buy so this is very useful - thanks.
  • redeyes22 published 05/01/2009
    great review aggy xx
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Product Information : Samsung NC10

Manufacturer's product description

Even though it is one of the world's lightest netbooks in its 10.2" class, the NC10's innovative design is packed with the technology for maximum mobility and productivity. It also incorporates a range of practical features, like a normal-size, ergonomic notebook PC style keyboard, to simplify life on the move.

Product Details

RAM / Installed Size: 1 GB

Display / Diagonal Size: 10.2, 10.1

Hard Drive / Capacity: 80, 160, 250

Display / Native Resolution: 1024 x 600

Storage / Type: Hard drive

OS Provided / Type: Windows XP Home Edition, Windows 7 Starter

Processor / Type: Intel Atom

Processor / Clock Speed: 1.6, 1.66

Manufacturer: Samsung

Type: Netbook

Weight: 1.24, 1.24000061035156, 1.24 kg, 1.33 kg, 1.3 kg, 1.2 kg

Long Name: NC10-Emi Plus, NC10-Ecko Plus, NC10-anyNet W7BT, NC10-anyNet N270 A7BT, NC10-anyNet N270 B7N59, NC10-anyNet N270 UMTS

Product Type: Netbook, Notebook

Product Description: Samsung NC10 Plus - 10.1" - Atom N450 - Windows 7 Starter - 1 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KA04 - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KA06 - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 HAZ1 - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KA01 - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KA02 - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KB02 - 10.1" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KA03 - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KB05 - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KB03 - 10.1" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, Samsung NC10 KB04 - 10.1" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 26.4 cm x 18.8 cm x 3.5 cm, 26.1 cm x 18.6 cm x 3 cm, 26.1 cm x 18.5 cm x 3 cm

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty, 2 years warranty

Localisation: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany

Battery: 6-cell - up to 13.8 hours, 6-cell, 3-cell, 6-cell - up to 7 hours

Networking: 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0 EDR , 10/100 Ethernet

Display: 10.1" LED backlight 1024 x 600 / WSVGA, 10.2" 1024 x 600 / WSVGA, 10.2" LED backlight 1024 x 600 / WSVGA, 10.1" LED backlight 1024 x 600 / WSVGA - matt

Colour: Black, Pink, White, Blue, Noble glossy blue

Graphics: Intel GMA 3150, Intel GMA 950, Intel GMA 950 - 128 MB

Storage: 250 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Memory: 1 GB DDR2

Processor: Intel Atom N450 / 1.66 GHz / 512 KB Cache, Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz / 512 KB Cache

Operating System: Windows 7 Starter, Win XP Home

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Wireless Broadband (WWAN): 3G

Optical Drive: No optical drive

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 1.24 kg, 1.33 kg, 1.3 kg, 1.2 kg

Height: 3.5 cm, 3 cm

Depth: 18.8 cm, 18.6 cm, 18.5 cm

Width: 26.4 cm, 26.1 cm

Processor / Chipset

Chipset: Intel NM10 Express, Mobile Intel 945GSE Express, Intel 945GSE Express

Front Side Bus: 667 MHz, 533 MHz

Cache: L2 - 512 KB

CPU: Intel Atom N450 / 1.66 GHz, Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz

Memory

Slots Qty: 1

Empty Slots:

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Speed: 800 MHz / PC2-6400, 667 MHz / PC2-5300

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Max RAM Supported: 2 GB

RAM: 1 GB ( 1 x 1 GB )

Audio & Video

Resolution (MP): 0.3 Megapixel, 1.3 Megapixel

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio, Enhanced Digital Sound (EDS), High Definition Audio

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Camera: Integrated webcam

Max Allocated RAM Size: 128 MB, 384 MB

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0, Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 3150, Intel GMA 950, Intel GMA 950 - 128 MB

Codec: Realtek ALC272

Total Available Graphics Memory: 384 MB

Input

Features: Flat, scroll panel

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Communications

Wireless: 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0 EDR

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

AC Adapter

Output: 40 Watt , 19 V , 2.1 A

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Memory Card Reader: 4 in 1 ( SD Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card, SDXC Card )

Interfaces: Headphone output ¦ VGA ¦ Microphone input ¦ LAN ¦ 3 x USB 2.0

Slots: 1 x memory ( 0 free )

Software

Software Included: Google Toolbar, Adobe Reader, Samsung Battery Manager, Samsung Update Plus, Samsung Easy Resolution Manager, Samsung Battery Life Extender, SAMSUNG Support Center, Magic Keyboard, Samsung Recovery Solution, Samsung Easy Network Manager, Samsung Easy Display Manager, Samsung Easy Speed Up Manager, CyberLink Youcam, AnyPC, Norton Internet Security 2010 (60 days trial), Samsung Magic Doctor

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Storage

Main Storage: 250 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Display

Features: SuperBright Non-Gloss, Super Bright Gloss, SuperBright, SuperBright, matt

LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight

Widescreen: Yes

Resolution: 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA )

Type: 10.1", 10.2"

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

EPEAT Compliant: EPEAT Silver

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year - pick-up and return, Limited warranty - 1 year, Limited warranty - 2 years, Limited warranty - 2 years - pick-up and return, Limited warranty - 2 years - on-site

Service & Support: 1 year warranty, 2 years warranty

Battery

Technology: 6-cell Lithium Ion, 3-cell Lithium Ion, 6-cell

Capacity: 4400 mAh, 5200 mAh, 2200 mAh

Run Time: Up to 13.8 hours, Up to 7 hours

General

Product Type: Netbook, Notebook

MPN: NP-NC10-JP01UK, NP-NC10-KA04UK, NP-NC10-KA06NL, NP-NC10-HAZ1UK, NP-NC10-KA01UK, NP-NC10-KA02UK, NP-NC10-KB02UK, NP-NC10-KA03UK, NP-NC10-KA06UK, NP-NC10-KB05UK, NP-NC10-KB03UK, NP-NC10-KB04UK, NP-NC10-KA06DE, NP-NC10-KA01DE, NP-NC10-KA0ADE, NP-NC10-JC05DE, NP-NC10-JC01DE

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Power adapter, Carrying case

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), system password, hard drive password

Localization: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany

Colour: Black, Pink, White, Blue, Noble glossy blue

Wireless Broadband (WWAN)

Technology: HSDPA

Generation: 3G

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