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... nearly 3 years now and this little machine continues to do what it is made to do. wifi adapter does a pretty good job. 3 USB slots really useful. the SD card slot has a protective cover for when it is not used. the sound from the speakers are not powerful, but sufficient if you are in a quiet environment. the screen colour is OK. i like the keyboards. responsive and very functional. you may call it user-friendly. the key pitch is just perfect. the battery power is reasonable although you have to make adjustments to the screen brightness for longer use on battery. poor wifi signal does drain the battery a lot quicker. same thing when using mobile broadband. using the netbook at home with fibreoptic broadband speed has noticeable difference in terms of battery life. the built-in camera is not the best there is but may suffice. the weight of the netbook is a bit heavy for my liking and a bit thick than other netbooks with the same specs but the product feels solid. so far, nothing has come off despite demanding use and handling. the mousepad is fine, can't complain as it is not too sensitive but not overly sticky compared to other laptops i've used. it is run on windows XP which is my preferred operating system for this device. it does get warm quite quickly on your lap. overall, happy to continue using it for as long as it survives the day to day challenges.
I bought this netbook a few years ago and thought I would regret it because I didn't think a netbook would be anything like a laptop. And that just tells you how much I know. I was proved wrong. It is very light-weight and so portable. The processor works lovely and quick, and the screen size is just right. The graphics are brilliant, do not expect anything less. It comes with a long charger flex so you can be across the room with it, which is always handy if you are chasing after kids or pets. I find there are only two downsides to this netbook, which are the battery life and lack of CD drive. I didn't realise it would not have a CD drive but you don't really notice as lots of things can be done without a disc now, but you can always buy a USB disk drive to plug in. The battery life is quite abysmal, even for my standards. If you charge the netbook up, then use it without it being plugged in, you won't get anything longer than 2 hours battery life, so that is the downside. But I'm sure there are settings you can tweak to make it last longer and I'm not the computer literate. This is brilliant for students and busy people or someone who just wants the right little package.
This is a great little machine ! I have owned it for more than a year now and can honestly say for the £200 it was a good purchase. The best feature of this netbook is its battery life i can squeeze 7hrs out of it if i drop all settings to eco mode. The specs of this netbook are nothing dazzling but can keep up with most demanding apps even under multitasking. The build quality is not the best as the keys and mouse pad have started to wear away however for how much i paid its never really bothered me. The screen is clear and bright even in sunlight and the web cam works effectivlty. I have never had any problems other than the obvious, graphical power (dont expect to be playing any games) well maybe solatiare ! and the out dated operating system Windows XP other than that this is a great little machine for day to day web use and work.
I have had this Netbook for one and a half years, I could sum it up in three words - The Headline.
The Netbook I have has 1GB of Ram and a 160GB Hardrive and runs Windows XP, you can also now buy a version of this Netbook that has 2GB of Ram and a 250GB Hardrive running Window's 7 starter; you will want to upgrade Windows 7 starter has alot of limitations such as not supporting these features :
* Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the Windows Basic or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
* Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
* The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
* 64 bit version
* Multi-monitor support.
* DVD playback.
* Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
* Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
* Domain support for business customers.
* XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.
However, this may be perfectly acceptable for some people who just want to use this netbook to quickly browse the web, check emails etc...
For browsing the web, this Netbook is perfect; it is speedy, loads up quickly and has a large keyboard - 92% of a full-size keyboard so you won't have any problems typing.
In my experience with this netbook the battery life has been very good, usually achieving around 5 hours of web-browsing but ofcourse this won't be achieved if you are watching movies/listening to music.
Now not everything about this laptop is good, the build-quality certainly isn't.
This laptop made entirely of plastic and it is not un-common for key's/hinges to become lose and eventually fall-off, the laptop is also quite prone to scratches and finger-prints, particularly the glossy black version.
To conclude, for most people this will be a very capable machine to do most tasks that you will want it to do, however there are now more powerful netbooks on the market offering 10 hours battery life and having the new dual-core intel atom processor and now high-end netbooks do often ship with 2GB ram and a 250GB
hardrive like previously mentioned, this netbook however is easily upgraded to 2GB of ram by simply unscrewing the hatch containing the Ram on the back of the Netbook and swapping the ram over, there are various guides on the Internet to help you do this.
However, where this Netbook falls short is the build quality, and if your a clumsy person (I'm Not! and even mine has lost a hinge) even if your carrying this Netbook in a bag each day to work I would strongly recommend investing in a well-padded, sturdy case for this to travel in.
The list of Windows 7 starter limitations was found in this forum: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/
I bought the N130 as a replacement for my broken laptop. I am a student so price was a large factor.
I opted for a Samsung because of the reliable name but there are a few issues although some positives as well.
The battery life on this notebook is exceptional you can watch 2 films without plugging it in on a medium brightness.
The size and weight even for a netbook is very good and it is very easy to type and use as a laptop. It's also very easy to connect up to bigger screens and use the dual view option using a VGA cabel which on the small screen is very helpful.
The problem I have with it is the constant crashing and freezing and general just frustration of constantly turning it off and on again.
I only paid £220 but the Samsung above my dad has was only £50 more and i would suggest that is definitely the better option.
I's true you do get what you pay for and paying a little bit more is the better option.
As an overview the Samsung N130 is 10.7" x 7.4" x 1.2" and weighs 2.6 pounds.
It is a netbook computer and has a retail cost of around £200.00. It has a small and compact shape with round eges and the battery and the far back of the netbook raises it around a quarter of an inch.
With an Atom N270 processer, the netbook is ideal for surfing the web and emailing but it tends to be a bit on the sluggish side when having to cope with a lot of applications. Due to its size, the keyboard on the netbook is quite small but even myself, as a secretary, adapted very quickly and it is very easy to touch type on.
It also has 1GB of RAM,
a 160GB hard drive,
3x USB 2.0 ports,
3-in-1 card reader,
and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
The 10.1-inch LCD is LED backlit which is non-glossy, and has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution.
I have had my netbook for around 18 months now in a lovely pink colour. It has served me well during this time and it totally perfect for slipping into an overnight bag. I have found the battery life of the netbook to be around 4 hours which is totally adequate for everyday requirements. The battery does seem to get very hot if it is used on the mains for any substantial length of time. I tend to charge mine up for a while and then disconnect the charger units and run it off the battery again which seems to have sorted this problem out.
I have used my netbook extensively, but I did find that the letters tended to wear off after around 8 months of use. This is not a problem for me as I am a touch typist, but for those who are not it could cause a problem!
I would recommend this netbook to anyone who needs a computer for everday activities such as shopping, emailing, surfing and for social networking sites. It is light and compact and very good value for money.
I would not recommend this netbook for anyone wishing to use it for any type of audio activity. The internal speaker system is very very quiet indeed and even when on a maximum setting you can barely hear it.
Do shop around though and look at the comparison sites as you can get a far better deal this way. Try and check on a daily basis of new deals as the prices tend to change very quickly. I also managed to get a further discount by using a discount code at checkout, so this is also well worth looking at.
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Among the many Netbooks and tablets which have flooded the portable computing market over the last couple of years, the Samsung N130 is a modest but effective entry.
The N130 is a light netbook which generally packs 1GB or RAM and a 160GB hard disk drive. Aside from a slot for SD memory cards, there are no external media drives, to further reduce the size and weight of the device, but three USB ports, as well as for a monitor cable or network connection.
With a 10" backlit screen, the N130 has an adequate display for word processing, internet browsing and email, but complex spreadsheets can become difficult to read at this size without much scrolling and confusion. Similarly the 17.7mm key pitch makes the keyboard just large enough for writing articles or emails, but a dedicated copy typist would probably find it a bit awkward sooner or later.
Samsung's N130 netbook essentially has the basic specs of a five year old laptop, offset by its low weight and long battery life (Samsung's claimed 8 hour battery life is wildly optimistic, but 6 hours is achieveable relatively easily). There is more to the story, however. First, the netbook tends to be very competitively priced (you should not expect to pay more than £200 for this model), but also it is often very sensibly shipped with Windows XP installed as the operating system.
A whole generation of otherwise totally adequate laptops were too low-spec to run Windows Vista, but such is Microsoft's power in the PC market that they were installed with Vista anyway. It is becoming harder to find the N130 with an XP installation, but it is well worth the effort - the machine boots up and runs like lightning, and compares very favourably with much higher spec machines running Vista or Windows 7, in terms of basic performance and responsiveness.
The netbook is also packed full of nifty features. It has a built-in webcam (or 'Digital Livecam' as it insists on calling the device) built into the lid which can capture still images as well as video. It has various facilities for back up and data recovery. It comes complete with the usual array of Windows software, including pre-installed versions of Microsoft Office, McAfee and various casual games. Experienced computer users will probably remove most of the pre-installed software in favour of freeware or open source equivalents, but the commercial packages which come with the device are high quality and will save novices a lot of time and effort.
Stylishly finished in a rounded white plastic casing (other colours are available), with a responsive trackpad, good range of software, impressive speed and good connectivity. Its built-in wireless adapter is good at picking up even a faint Wi-fi signal, and its good value price makes it an ideal back-up computer for when you are on the move and want to keep up with your work.
It should go without saying that netbooks are not really gaming machines, but the N130 can play video smoothly and is totally adequate to playing most PC casual games. These features do drain the battery very quickly, however, so try and make sure you are connected to a power source if you want to start playing games or browsing YouTube...
I've now been using this machine for almost a year and it still runs as fast as the day I bought it. I've used it to write hundreds of articles, update my CV, browse the Internet, watch my TV debut streamed over Vimeo and to give an impromptu Powerpoint presentation in a Starbucks for the day job. It's so compact and easy to use that even my dear old Mum wants to get one!
I bought this netbook in my last week at uni when my desktop computer broke - possibly the worst time that could possibly happen. I chose this particular model because it was on sale in Argos for less than £200 while many others I was looking at were much higher prices then you had to pay extra for the operating system, but this has everything included. Having said that you do only have a trial version of office and after 30 uses it runs out but open office (www.openoffice.org) offers free office to anyone it is just a lower quality than you originally get.
This computer is very hardy, I wouldn't say indestructible but I have dropped it a good many times and spilt things on it and all sorts but it still works fine. The battery lasts exactly as long as advertised; 4 hours unless your watching a film or working with the back light on high.
My older brother also has this same net book but his is in white, we both have desktop computers as well and I wouldn't recommend getting a netbook unless this is the case. If you are looking for a computer to be your only computer then I would say get a laptop or PC, netbooks are great for computing on the move. That's mostly what I use mine for - to keep me occupied on trains, fabulous for facebook and other browsing BUT:
There is only one speaker and it isn't great the loudest it goes can seem very quiet unless you are surrounded by silence, it isn't a problem if you plug in headphones or external speakers (Or are watching iplayer which is louder than most things.) The sound is occasionally interrupted by an odd 'grinding' noise which is apparently when I have asked it to do too many things at once (Proof that computers are men I think, can't multi-task.)
The keyboard isn't fantastic, it does the job but sometimes if you don't push a button hard enough it just doesn't work and you have to go back to correct all your spellings. This isn't a problem if you are only typing your facebook status but I wouldn't write an essay or something on it unless using an external keyboard.
This isn't a fault of this netbook just an observation of netbooks as a whole; there is no disk drive. It's one of the things which enable the netbook to be so small but it can be frustrating, the cheapest external disk drive is £35 and this can be used for everything from watching DVDs to writing disks.
On the whole this is a great little computer but I would only recommend buying it (Or a net book at all) if it is going to be a second computer for travel etc.)
I bought my son one of these for christmas on the strength of the reviews and also because he was insisting on windows xp instead of windows 7 which narrowed the field a bit. We bought it at the end of October because PC world were doing a trade-in discount for old laptaps at the time, but as mentioned it was a Christmas present so wasn't used until Christmas day.
Within five days my son started complaining of connectivity problems and it got so bad he could only use it when he was sat right next to the router. I should explain that we use mobile broadband as it's the quickest in our area.
So we looked at our receipt and found that PC world would take the netbook back within 28 days from purchase, which of course was no good as we bought the netbook at the end of October. We decided to ring the helpline, reasoning that if we explained the circumstances they might make an exception. They wouldn't.
We were given the number for Samsung who insisted that we follow their process for a software update. My husband told them we'd already done this but they insisted we do it again.
When it was established that it was more likely to be a hardware problem they said they would either send a courier or a jiffy bag for us to send the netbook for repair.
We weren't happy with this arrangement and decided to educate ourselves further on our consumer rights.
Long story short we took the netbook back to PC world and spoke to the manager and quietly but firmly told him we weren't prepared to accept a repair on a few days old netbook, and having quoted some of the consumer laws we had educated ourselves with we were immediately offered a new or alternative netbook. Result!
If you bought your netbook within the last six months take it back to the store. It is their responsibility to prove that the fault wasn't there when they sold it to you. So don't let them fob you off.
Samsung have a good reputation when it comes to netbooks, and it was partly on the strength of that reputation that I chose to purchase the n130. I am pleased to say that I have thus far found no reason to regret that decision.
First of all, the aesthetics. This is a very nice looking netbook. It has a matt black finish that doesn't pick up fingerprints like the more shiny pieces of hardware out there. It also has nice rounded corners making it pleasing to the touch. If you look at it edge-on, the battery does protrude slightly, but this has the effect of tilting the keyboard forward, making it easier to type (for me at least).
Functionally speaking, the keyboard itself is a good size and I don't find it any more difficult to type on than a regular keyboard. The touchpad is also of a suitable size. If I were to be exactingly critical, I would say that it would be nice to have more of a difference in texture between the touchpad and the surrounding plastic. It would also be nice to have markings indicating which bits of the pad are dedicated to scrolling rather than moving the mouse. These are very minor complaints however.
When you turn it on, the speed is perfectly acceptable. Obviously it's not going to be able to run high end games or anything similarly demanding, but the Intel Atom processor and the 1GB of RAM are sufficient for performing tasks such as word processing and browsing the web, though I have noticed that it can sometimes be rather jolty when streaming online videos. The onboard speakers are nothing special, so if you want good audio quality, buy a decent set of headphones.
It can get a bit warm whilst running, but it's not going to burn a hole through your legs like some laptops. In terms of noise, this machine is virtually silent. I have to actually put my ear against it in order to hear it running. In terms of battery life I regularly get five to six hours of operation when using the power management software and not doing anything taxing (checking emails, reading documents etc). This figure obviously drops when I start doing anything more intense.
All in all this is a great little machine that will serve you well if all you want to do is surf the web and work on word documents and spreadsheets, (which is all you can really ask from a netbook).
I did not personally own one of these, but my brother did which i sneakily used quite a lot, and i have also used it at my college who have a load of them. However i have now decided to pay my brother half, to share it with him as it is very handy!
The Samsung Notebook is very easy to take around with you because of its size, so easily fits into most bags that you may like to carry it around in, excluding handbags and small food bags!
It also handles easily, so you can find what you want easily whilst also placing it anywhere such as a table, your lap or desk. Unfortunately it overheats very easily so is extremely hot after around an hour, making it hard to keep on your lap. This overheating is also probably a big cause in why the battery life is so poor, as so much energy is lost through heat. This means you only get a few hours of surfing time before you have to plug the charger/adapter in, which also becomes very hot and unhandable.
However aside from the over heating and poor battery life, it works pretty quickly once it starts going and the screen is easy to see even though the size of it is not too big.
Therefore if you are looking for a small laptop to take around with you, not requiring too much memory and only for short use, then this is very ideal. However, if you intend to use it quite regularly then i wouldn't recommend it.
Now retailing at under £200, the N130 shows why tablet PCs (and indeed the IPod) still have some way to go before netbooks are dead in the water.
Moulded plastic casing available in a range of colours (black, light and dark blue, red) and a matt finish. Solid, rather than elegant the N130 nevertheless exudes a sense of style - you won't be ashamed of it, while it also offers the level of robustness necessary for you to chuck it in your (hand/man)bag on a daily basis.
Comes with all of the standard features to be expected of a netbook: an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive, with Wireless-N Wi-Fi on-hand for connecting to wireless networks and a 1,024 x 600 resolution screen. Some older models are available with Windows XP, newer models come with Windows 7 which may take a bit of adjusting to. MS Office isn't included but Open source software of the likes of Open Office offers similar functionality. Headphone inlets, a touch pad mouse and 2 x USB ports and the standard features of computers are not missed off; the only thing that's lacking is a CD/DVD drive.
All in all the spec is quite adequate for most users daily use for word processing, email and internet. My main computer is a Mac and I bought this specifically to manage a database on with quite a lot of data (Mac for Office lacks MS Access) which it deals with well as long as I don't have too many other programmes in use.
Battery life has been an ongoing issue with many netbooks, with the paring down leading to a concomitant loss of umph! Whilst I'd never managed to get the 4,000mAH six-cell battery to meet its apparent 6 hour long performance, several hours can generally be managed. As already mentioned, this netbook appears relatively robust. Well, I've dropped mine a couple of times and it's still functioning...
Don't expect this to be the computer for you if you enjoy gaming, similarly they're not great if you want to be able to watch DVDs/listen to CDs (though portable disk drives can be purchased relatively cheaply these days).... but the same can be said for any netbook.
Using my work laptop for writing Dooyoo reviews,Facebook and sorting personal e mails was a luxury I knew could not last. When I resigned from my post, I also resigned myself to handing back my well-used laptop. What could replace that gaping ICT hole in my life?
The Samsung N130 came recommended by Martin Lewis of Moneysavingexpert.com. It was bought for £220 in November '09 from the Samsung website. I filled in the Samsung form on the Samsung web and received £20 cashback - eventually.
It seems that the model can now be bought for £200 on Amazon now.
The netbook is a nifty little black number which is reasonably light. It has the Samsung logo on the front ad looks tasteful. A sliding switch on the front edge enables the netbook to be opened. The screen is well-sized with just a 2cm black border framing it. It is clear and easy to look at with good definition (10.x L.E.D display) The keyboard (17.7mm key patch)is clearly marked and easy to use. Over 8 months of daily use and there are no keyboard problems.
Using the netbook
The netbook has a 1GB capability and this seems plenty to me. I use the netbook with a portable hard drive to store photos and stuff so I don't clog the netbook up. I store lots of text documents etc on it though.
It comes with the usual package of Windows XP but does not have Microsoft Office on it. I wish it had done. However, Word compatible programmes can be downloaded and used.
The battery life is good and can be extended by adjusting the battery life by a few simple clicks. I took the netbook on holiday abroad and it lasted a decent amount of time before I had to recharge. However, on a day-to-day basis, I remove the battery and just use the lead and plug. Otherwise the life of the netbook would probably be around 2 years. I hope to get several more out of it.
The netbook comes with no case - so it is important to buy one if you intend to cart the netbook about. I bought a £4.99 one from WH Smiths which gives it enough padding to give it some protection. I took it on an aircraft in hand luggage with no problems; it was light, neat and slimline.
Netbooks differ from laptops in that they have no dvd capability. This is possibly the bit I miss the most. This netbook also has a bit of a rubbish sound quality. It has one mono speaker at the left hand side and the laptop can only really be listened to in a very quiet environment. I suggest buying a pair of headphones; this improves the listening experience no end.
The embedded webcam is only of a very basic quality, although it is fine for Skype and it is quite fun to fiddle with the camera package an make some distorted photo pictures.
The biggest issue of this laptop is the way it seems to randomly change my screen picture/text size. In all of the 8 months I have been using it, I have not worked out why this happens. I can be just lightly using the mouse pad to direct the cursor and then suddenly my screen size might go down to 10% - and then I have to readjust. It's a bit of a pain in the but. I think it is just a little too sensitive. I have to be careful with my cursor to minimize these changes.
I like Samsung products (I also have the flat screened TV). I think they are of a good quality. The netbook is no exception to this. It gets used daily by both myself and my daughter and is sometimes used in places where it can get quite hot (such as placed on the duvet) but the fans seem to keep it reasonably cool. It has had a few knocks but has not malfunctioned
Yes, the gaping ITC hole in my life has been filled and I have moved on with my Samsung N130!
I received this netbook as a present from my father last christmas, since then it has ceased to astonish me on how much of a quality piece of kit it is. The netbook packs a tidy 1.6Ghz atom processor with 1gb of ram, which even though it seems small it still makes it super quick for web browsing or usual computer processes. I'd highly recommend this netbook for social networking as it has a built in mic and cam, making it perfect for webchats with your friends or family. The 160gb hard drive is just right, not ridiculously oversized but just enough to store your favourite songs or the latest podcasts. Aswell as the other features, the screen is great all around. The netbook hosts a brilliant battery life of around six hours, which is brilliant considering its size. With an array of sophisticated wireless communications and data sharing technology the N130 really has everything that you need for life on the move - at a price you can afford.
I've had this netbook for about half a year now. Thought I may aswell post a review here. I'll break this review down into categories :)
-Performance and battery life.
With CoreAVC installed the N130 is *borderline* capable of decoding 720P HD - it really depends on the bit-rate and codec you're using though. I've generally found that 540p WMV-HD @ 3Mbps, <3GB DVD movie Handbrake encodes and typical XviDs all decode fine.
360p Youtube videos decode smoothly. 480p can be a little choppy depending on the browser you use, power-saving features and how much you have running. Adblock or an equivalent is a *must* -- any flash ads outside the video or ads overlaid to the video will cause jumpiness.
I generally avoid the power-saving features as they slow down the CPU to save battery - and - I usually get 4-5 hours of light-browsing, IMing and listening to music (foobar/trillian/firefox). Its possible to get 7~ hours out of the netbook if you're just word-processing.
More intensive tasks like running games (Age of Empires 2 for example) pull typical running time down to about 3 hours.
Be aware that if you're using Windows 7 its important to turn transparency off (as well as shadows, window/etc fading). I'm not talking about the using the ugly basic theme. Its also important to turn off file and folder thumbnailing. With these changes Windows 7 is remarkably snappy.
Notable programs I'm using are Foobar (starts in <1 second), Trillian Astra (uses 4-11MB memory), uTorrent and Firefox (5s~ boot).
The start time for Windows 7 from the OS selection screen to the desktop is a respectable 30~ seconds. The netbook also takes roughly 8 seconds from powering on to leave the BIOS.
-Screen, form-factor and hardware
I was somewhat apprehensive about a 10.1" screen but it seems most websites fit the screen fine. Its worth optimizing firefox if you use it - use the hide menubar plugin, hide the status bar, bookmarks bar (use the address bar's as-you-type bookmark/history search functionality) and select 'small icons' for the navigation bar.
Video looks superb on the 16:9 screen, sitting close compensates the screen-size. Colours are good and as for the screen brightness - it's bright enough to hurt the back of your eyes in low-light and *just* bright enough to make sunny mid-day use possible.
The actual size of the netbook is really nice. Its slim, feels pretty solid and a lot more portable than a laptop. As a long-time user of desktop keyboards I adjusted pretty quick - the keyboard itself isn't actually much smaller than that of a laptops' because of it's edge-to-edge design.
The small top row of keys (F1, etc.) are oddly not as responsive as they should be. Also, the omission of a keyboard nipple-mouse is disappointing.
The VGA webcam and built-in mic are a nice extra for anyone who wants to make low quality porn. There's a built-in mono speaker which is worse than the usual laptop speakers, but sufficient for spoken-word and generic youtube viewing.
The onboard sound itself is absolutely fine and sounds pretty decent through my Sennheiser headphones. Wireless speeds are good (taking full advantage of my 15Mbit connection), albeit the wireless can be temperamental with my router it seems.
Noise-wise the N130 is barely audible, even on full-load.
For £215 (w/cashback) this netbook is an absolute bargain. Haven't seen a spec this cheap. Its great for anyone looking for something portable on a budget.
However if you're planning to do anything more intensive like play newish videogames or edit video your money will be better invested in a custom-built desktop... or you might want to consider paying double for a full-sized 'gaming' laptop.