Product Type: Samsung Netbook
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Samsung the netbook King-makers
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Advantages: Highly portable and robust whilst retaining a sense of style
Disadvantages: Memory, storage and lack of CD/DVD drive (as with all netbooks)...
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.
Summary: Probably the best quality, most affordable netbook on the market
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