Product Type: Samsung Netbook
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The little machine!
Samsung N145 Plus
Member Name: Thebaker50
Samsung N145 Plus
Advantages: Cheap, battery life, durability, weight, size
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.
Summary: Good for a mobile solution