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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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Review of "Samsung NC10"

published 21/02/2009 | Deru
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* Same name over on Dooyoo
Pro Good performance, Good connectivity options, Good webcam, 160GB HDD, Upgradeable
Cons Not very good accessories, Picks up Fingerprints, Weird button under touchpad
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"Samsung's Neat Little Netbook"

After my white Asus Eee PC 1000H got stolen, I decided to replace it with a black Samsung NC10. The Asus and this Samsung are what is known as a netbook. It?s sort of a small, low cost laptop to let you surf the net, while you?re out and about. I bought it off for £322 in December 2009 (had a 5% off coupon) but it?s going for around £310 at the moment in most places.


The NC10 is Samsung's first stab at the netbook market and they?ve done a blinding job of it. I believe it even won an award for it. The NC10 comes in three flavours, those being black, blue and white. I chose the black as it looks prettier. The white one also looks great but I figured that it would start to pick up dirt and go a bit black, especially the keyboard and touchpad. The white version has a matte lid so doesn't pick up fingerprints as easily, which isn't the case with my black version as the lid has a glossy finish.

** Noticed there's also a pink version now.


It comes with a black slip case, and although better than nothing, this thing has no zip, no padding and not even a bit of Velcro to seal the NC10 in. When you close the flap, it just flips right back open again unless you tuck it right in. This, at best protects the NC10 from scratches, nothing else. That aside, it came with the Windows and driver CDs and the charger. Plenty of other things can be bought for it though, as it is basically a small laptop. There are numerous slip cases, laptop bags and USB, Bluetooth accessories that can be used with the device but the included accessories are particularly disappointing. They could have at least included a cloth like the Asus Eee PC (although I do still have the cloth from my Eee PC).


The NC10 has a 1.6GHz Atom processor and 1GB of RAM, which doesn't sound like much but it is very nippy for a low cost notebook. Music and videos play smoothly as they would on a full size laptop. The memory is even upgradable as the 1GB memory can be swapped with a 2GB one for even more performance. Also, 160GB storage for something that was meant to just be for surfing the net is pretty good and would allow for a lot of downloading. I would prefer this over a Linux netbook with a Solid State Drive with limited storage. Battery life seems to last about 5 hours although they quote 7 hours (probably only if you have it with the lowest brightness and leave it idle).

The Samsung NC10 has a 10.2 inch screen with a native resolution of 1024 x 600, which was one of the deciding factors of buying it as any smaller might make viewing web pages more difficult, in particularly with a lower screen resolution. Any lower and I would most likely need to scroll horizontally as well as vertically across a lot websites. In terms of portability, the small size makes carrying it around easy. It does weigh around 1.3Kg with the battery attached, which isn't too heavy but there are lighter machines around. Unfortunately, those are either too small with a shorter batter life or are too expensive.

The sound quality is not much to write home about. It's nowhere near loud enough and only really any good when in a quiet room. This is unlikely when the whole point of owning an NC10 is to use when out and about. Fortunately, it has a headphone output so you can plug in portable speakers or headphones.

The keyboard is advertised as a full size keyboard. I have small hands so find it fine to type with but still not as good as keyboards found on larger laptops. I touch type as well so a good keyboard is quite important. Due to the overall size of the laptop, it may be as good as it can get though. The Ctrl key is on the bottom left unlike other Samsung laptops I?ve come across so that?s good. The keyboard also has a coating of nano silver, which supposedly kills 99.9% of the bacteria, which is good to know. Although the keyboard is fine, the button under the touchpad is a bit annoying. Instead of having two buttons, it one big button but you can press the left side for left click and the right side for right click. As there?s no separator in the middle, I often press the middle by mistake, which does nothing. I would have preferred two buttons there. The touchpad is quite usable though and even has the scrolling function down the right side by sliding your finger down the right.

It also has a built-in webcam (and microphone). These can be used with programs like Skype or MSN. I think the picture quality of the webcam is excellent. With the Asus Eee PC, everything looks a bit yellow, even when there?s sufficient lighting but the camera on the NC10 has really exceeded my expectations, even if it is a feature I don?t use much!


Wireless is built in but only with the 54G standard, which I think is a slight disappointment as they could have put in a Wireless N network card. That would have given it faster speeds (for internal network transfers) as well as longer range so long as the router complies with the standard. I use a Linksys router with Wireless draft N capabilities so would be able to utilise the higher speeds and better range. The wireless does work fine though.

It has Bluetooth, which is an important feature for me. When I?m out and about and there?s no wireless hotspot around (or free hotspots, at least), I would need to use my phone?s Internet connection but browsing a lot of websites and downloading files onto the phone is not very practical as the screen size is too small and a lot of sites don?t work properly on the phone. What I normally do is enable Internet Sharing on my phone and then access the Internet on the laptop via Bluetooth using the phone as a modem. This way, I can access the Internet on the NC10, which is a lot less fiddly than on a phone. Having Bluetooth capabilities also means that I can transfer pictures from my phone, which I can then email, among other things.

It has three USB ports, which, in my opinion is a good number as this allows room for a USB mouse, flash drive and external DVD drive all at the same time. I had a Q35, which is a 12? laptop which only had two USB ports and I often found that I kept having to unplug things before I can plug something else in. Of course, a USB hub would have solved the problem but that?s one more thing to have to carry around.

It also has a card reader which reads SD, SDHC and MMC memory cards. SD memory is the most common type of memory card so it?s good that they included this.



- Good performance
- Upgradeable
- Three USB ports
- 160GB Hard Drive
- Bluetooth
- Stylish design
- Good keyboard
- Built-in web cam (good picture quality)

- Not Wireless Draft N wireless
- Picks up finger prints
- Poor accessories included
- Weird button under touchpad
- Resolution could be higher


Overall, I think the Samsung NC10 is an excellent laptop. I like the look of it, the performance, the keyboard, the connectivity options and even the battery life. I would prefer for it to have Draft N wireless and maybe for it to be a bit lighter but those are minor niggles. One thing I would have liked is a higher resolution, even if the 1024 x 600 is perfectly usable, a higher one would give more flexibility in how well certain content is displayed on the laptop. i.e. movies, graphics, etc. Those things aside, I would highly recommend the NC10 or even the newer Samsung netbook models that supercede the NC10 (i.e. NC20). Buy an external DVD drive and you can even use it as a normal laptop as the performance is very good for the price.

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  • jupiter28 published 12/04/2009
    These netbooks are so dinky :O)
  • lillamarta published 19/03/2009
    Sorry, out of E-s but will re-rate. A really interesting read.
  • Gladiator007 published 04/03/2009
    very detailed review..:)
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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


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


Features: Flat, scroll panel

Type: Keyboard, touchpad


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 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.


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

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s


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


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


Product Type: Netbook, Notebook


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


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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