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I've had this Samsung Netbook for nearly 18months via the 3 network. I pay a monthly fee for the netbook and unlimited internet.
I must admit I was a bit concerned when I ordered the netbook because I'd always been used to laptops and so I thought the screen and keyboard would be tiny. However I was pleasantly surprised, the screen is just over 10 inches and the keyboard takes up nearly all of the lower section of the netbook with a generous sized scroll pad. The design of the netbook is basic as it is more focused towards function.
In terms of speed I would say it performs well, there are obviously faster devices you could purchase but for a netbook I feel this handles most tasks well and has no problem in performing multiple requests at once.
The device has a built in web-cam that provides a pretty good image and works well with Skype. The netbook on the whole has been very reliable and *touch wood* in the 18 months I've been using it I've had no problems at all. The device also has 3 USB ports meaning you can easily charge your phone, plug in your iPod and your internet dongle at the same time.
The most impressive thing about the netbook I feel is it's battery life, I've taken the netbook to college and university on several occasions without the charging wire and despite the device stating it only had 3 hours use left I've used it for 5hours + on occasions.
My other half 'stole' this Netbook from me from new and loved it for about 18 months and wouldn't let me near it until it died. No other word to describe it really, Windows was acting up (as ever) so a reboot ensued followed by nothing, dead.
A new Netbook was bought for the GF and the Samsung sat waiting to be landfill.
To cut a long story short, I installed a new Hard Drive (£28) just to see if I could coax it back to life; installed LINUX mint and I now have my own Netbook.
Obviously I can't recommend a Netbook that stopped working just after its warranty had expired and it upsets me that Samsung is making 'toxic landfill' in this day and age.
Other than that, it does what it says on the tin. Running LINUX (32bit) it's super quick, any moaning about speed from other users has to be due to the pre-installed Windows 7. It's small, light and lasts ages on one charge. I dislike the touch-pad intensely, it seems over sensitive and has a knack of moving the cursor during typing. It feels cheap, because it is cheap, but, hard-drive aside, it works.
I bought this netbook as it seemed a good alternative to my heavy laptop. I bought it from Asda and I got a free case with it which I am very happy with.
I needed a computer that I could take to university that was small and lightweight instead of carrying my laptop round. The netbook only comes with Windows 7 starter which is of no use. I tried installing Microsoft Word but whenever I open a word document it continues to open in the starter edition.
It is also very slow. It turns on and off quickly enough but when you are on the internet it is incredibly slow. I expected a lot better quality from Samsung. Another bad thing about this netbook is that it doesn't have a CD or DVD drive and the screen quality is not too good.
The only good thing about this netbook is that the battery life is fantastic. I can sit and use it for hours and the battery only runs down a little bit.
I wouldn't really recommend this netbook because it runs far too slow and it is just not good quality.
Let me just start by saying why i bought this netbook. My old Toshiba laptop broke (apparently there was some vital piece missing from the hard drive!) 1 week after warranty! Anyway, after this occured, i decided i wanted something smaller that i could carry with me to university on a day to day basis. Enter, the Samsung:
So, whats good?
The price was a mere 200 pounds from costco in birmingham. The next nearest netbook of a "well known" brand was an asus at around 250.
The size is very small, think around the size of a I pad when folded shut
The weight, I have not measured it exactly myself, but I beleive somewher eon my model it gives its weight at around 250g without the battery. Let me put it this way, its so light, sometimes I am afraid that i have left it at university!
Power/battery life. This laptop is incredibly efficient, as its so small, and has a very long battery life (easily in excess of 8 hrs when you have it brand new). I have had mine for a year and half now, and I am still getting a "given" battery life of around 6 hours, although to be honest, i tend to leave it to the last minute until i start charging it, and it normally lasts more like 8 hours anyway!.
Durability: I have dropped my laptop a few times, and all the times it has come out nicely (not done intentionally). It feels well made, and the plastics do feel fairly rugged (however they do also feel a little cheap, but then I would prefer them rugged and cheap as opposed to expensive and fragile)
So, what about the cons?
Well, this is a netbook, and a cheap one, so please dont expect to play videos, and games. Processing it at an all time premium! The main problems are to do with simply it not having a great deal of processing power, so turning it on off, etc can take a while to load. Also browsing the internet at times can be really frustrating if you want to load lots of images etc.
This is an ideal netbook if all you want to just take notes, do spreadsheets, fill out word documents, send emails, watch the odd video on youtube.
However I would not recommend it as a "stand alone" laptop, you really should only by this if you already have a "main computer" and want something more flexible in where and when you use it.
Would i buy one again? YES I WOULD, this laptop has faired me well, and meeting all my needs for taking notes in lectures etc perfectly, and as i have another main computer, i have no real need for anything more powerful just now.
After five years my wife's laptop decided to stop charging and kept losing internet connection, so we wanted something small to replace it. All it really gets used for is browsing the internet, playing facebook games and a few spreadsheets / word documents for work. So this netbook was ideal for her needs.
I did a lot of research into exactly what it was we wanted. My main 'must have' was a good battery life. I always take the advertised battery life with a pinch of salt, but the netbook tend to need charging every four days or so with generally only 1.5-2 hours use a day. We also have no issues with connecting to the internet.
The netbook came with windows 7 home starter which I believe can be upgraded, but realistically I think it would struggle with the RAM that comes packaged with it (512mb). As a matter of course, I bought additional RAM to install on the netbook (always best to buy when the netbook's new so you know you're buying the right one!). It was easy for me to install although my wife struggled a little.
It's lightweight enough to be carried round in a bag and (having had it for a few months now) we've not really had any issues with the keyboard, touchpad - in fact, it's been quite a consistent performer. As my wife was moving from a laptop to a netbook, I was expecting her to have a few issues adjusting to the smaller keyboard, but she's not had any problems. As I have slightly bigger fingers, it's probably more of an issue for me, but it's still not really a problem.
I believe that this can be bought in a number of different colours - my wife chose this one and (unfortunately for me) she bought it in pink. No matter - I don't take it out of the house anyway! The fact that there isn't a CD drive hasn't proved to be a problem - you can pick them up cheaply enough anyway. The relatively low capacity hard drive is also not a problem (but let's face it - you wouldn't be buying a netbook if you wanted something with a massive hard drive) as we both have external hard drives for storage of photos, music etc.
Overall, my wife's very happy with her netbook and if she's happy, that means she's not nicking the macbook all the time (well, except for the facebook games, which struggle to run on the netbook)
After spending weeks looking for a netbook I ended up with this pretty much out of desperation really. I hurt my wrist and was doing a really awful job of note-taking in lectures, so after faffing around for too long, this was all that was in stock anywhere locally. I picked it up for just under £200 and for that it came with a handy netbook bag and a years antivirus by a company I've never heard of.. but I digress.
Being a bit of a technophobe I had absolutely no idea what I was looking for, and basically just wanted something with a long battery life that I could record my notes on, do a bit of browsing and occasionally play a few games. And this is pretty much what I got. The internet connection can be tediously slow sometimes, its true - but this isnt so much an issue for me, as I tend to use my rather ancient laptop for that anyway if I'm not out and about. The memory isnt fantastic either, but you can always use an external drive for this if you need to (I use a pen drive so its more than adequate).
Although the advertised 11 hour battery life is probably stretching a bit, I found it managed a 9-5 day perfectly well if you were not constantly connected to the internet. It comes with Windows Home Starter, which seems to be pretty much standard for netbooks and which once again met my needs perfectly. This is upgradeable where required - it is already on the machine, you just purchase a keycode to unlock it.
Coming to the actual netbook itsself - well it looks quite good, in matt black with small red Samsung logo on the front. The screen is fine and the keys are well-sized for something so small, although the right-hand shift button seems further over to the right than usual, so capitalising stuff takes some "retraining" if you touch-type like me. The touchpad mouse is quite slippery, although this might just be because its new - and I found the mouse buttons quite stiff too. It is really lightweight, around 1.2kg so probably less effort than carrying a load of paperwork around!
The AC cable has been good and sturdy so far - I dont have a great record with those, usually needing to replace them every few months, so I'm quite impressed. Manuals are good and thorough (all four of them!) and even the external packaging looks good! However I am a bit baffled as to why it comes with some kind of recovery disk when there isnt a CD-ROM drive, but what do I know?
I bought this expecting it to be a high quality and affordable netbook. However, upon opening the packaging I saw that there wwas no netbook inside. After returning to the Oxfam shop I bought it from, I was handed a tiny and unusable netbook. With a dodgey and har to use touchpad, I found myself struggling to even navigate around the system. As I opened my DVD case and removing the disc, I attempted to enter it into the laptop only to find that there was no disc drive. After spending another £25 on an external disc drive, I noticed that the video playback was poor. I feel that this is a poor quality netbook and is most definitely not good value for money.
The Samsung N145 Plus netbook offers all the high-end style you're looking for, but without the high-end price tag. And you don't have to worry about reliability. Most of its components are manufactured directly by Samsung and undergo intensive quality assurance testing. There's no compromise on performance either. You can get going fast using an innovative fast start, while a 10.1" LED anti-reflective screen lets you enjoy the sharpest details and boldest colors even in direct sunlight. It also delivers an extensive battery power. Which is probably just as well, as it's lightweight and ultra durable design and host of advanced communication and data-sharing tools mean you really can just keep on going and going.
|Product Description:||Samsung N145 Plus - 10.1" - Atom N450 - Windows 7 Starter - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD|
|Operating System:||Windows 7 Starter|
|Processor:||Intel Atom N450 / 1.66 GHz / 512 KB Cache|
|Memory:||1 GB DDR2|
|Storage:||160 GB HDD|
|Display:||10.1" LED backlight 1024 x 600 / WSVGA|
|Graphics:||Intel GMA 3150 - 128 MB|
|Networking:||802.11n , 10/100 Ethernet|
|Battery:||6-cell - up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||26.4 cm x 18.8 cm x 3.5 cm|
|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.|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|