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Before I bought my laptop I had this little piece of equipment for awhile as I needed something to use when away from the desk.
The look of the Samsung N150 Plus is lovely, I have absolutely no complaints about that. It's sleek and stylish, feels good and is light to carry around. The screen isn't very big for for general word processing jobs it has good quality. However my big problem with this netbook is the processing quality. It can be extremely slow. It really struggles when trying to do a couple of different tasks, it lags, slows down and sometimes crashes.
On the product description it says that this netbook has a battery life of ten hours. I don't believe that for a second. after browsing the internet for a couple of hours and using a word document for an hour, my warning note came up saying I had better plug into a battery source! I was not impressed.
It's very simple to set up, it takes under an hour to fully set up by following some simple instructions.
At the time I bought the netbook for £200 however after looking around a bit I found you can now buy them for about £100-150 on various marketplaces such as amazon second hand. I would recommend this netbook to anyone who likes to use word processor away from a PC. However I do think that now there are better quality netbooks and laptops around for better value.
This netbook was bought primarily for my mum to store her music and to use for some light internet browsing. Initially it performed well, but the problems started with greater use. The small size and portability meant that the whole family started using it around the house and as such the hard drive was nearing 75% capacity. At this point, turning it on alone takes upwards of 5 minutes, then opening a browser takes another 5. It seems unable to handle the hardware it comes packaged with as when I cleared out a lot of the junk and brought the hard drive capacity to <50% it started working better, although not at the out-of-the-box speed. This seems at first impressions to be amazing value for money but it is slightly deceiving. It is a great buy, but do not buy it with the intention of using all the storage and possibly factor in the cost of an external hard drive.
For a relatively cheap, small netbook the Samsung N150 Plus far did not much surpass my expectations.
It is quite sleek and not too heavy and so is ideal for taking on the train or other transport for work. The keys aren't too small either and the screen is a sufficient size for everything except spreadsheets which can be a little bit of a pain. The built-in camera is better than I expected but the accompanying software is very annoying so I would advise uninstalling it and finding an alternative piece of software. On top of this the background can not be changed due to the operating system - Windows 7 Starter - which means you're left with the boring blue background.
The laptop as a whole could do with a little extra RAM but the 1GB is enough if you are not intending to use it for non-browser based gaming. The chargeable USB port is a great aspect too as you can charge your phone or similar electronics without having the laptop on and you can turn this option off too avoid too much energy expenditure. The netbook has a quite basic set of speakers which are quite quiet and not great to listen to music through.
I would suggest possibly getting a small laptop instead of this which would not be too much heavier either.
My mum wanted a small, portable laptop for browsing the internet, a small amount of word processing and updating her iPod Shuffle through iTunes. I found her this Netbook, which was an attractive proposition due to its price, and the fact it is a Samsung.
For what she uses it for, it performs admirably. Google Chrome opens without too much delay, and standard webpages (Facebook, Gmail) load quickly and without incident. Other programs, such as iTunes and Microsoft Word, open a little slowly, but are fine once up and running.
However, try to do a number of these things at once (i.e. multitasking), and this is where the netbook falls behind.
This would not be so much of a problem, as my mum tends to only use one program at a time (I'm not convinced she knows how to minimise a window!), however Samsung insists on loading the computer with more 'bloatware' (pre-installed software) than I have ever seen on a new computer. A lot of this runs in the background, and tries to install some new update every half hour.
I managed to remove the majority of this, which improved the speed (especially start up time, which is slow at the best of times) considerably.
Aside from this, the laptop is fantastic for its main purpose - browsing the internet.
The battery life is great, screen is not so small that you notice it too much (I normally use a 14" laptop, and can comfortably use this netbook), and it is lovely and light and portable. Even the keyboard, which is obviously smaller than average, is good (spacing between keys is acceptable, and good tactile response from pressing them). The trackpad is multitouch (i.e. you can scroll and zoom in by using two fingers), and easy to use.
Overall, a very good netbook, and a very good price for a computer capable of all most people will need from it.
Being a gadget lover I thought it would be handy to get something small that I could take anywhere and use on long public transport / plane journeys
without doing any research on netbooks
I bought one of these last christmas off the shelf from a Currys Superstore,
The Specs for such a small netbook are quite impressive even if they are standard now days, For the £250 I paid this is what I got
Atom N450 / 1.66 GHz - RAM 2GB - HDD 250 GB - Builtin Webcam + Microphone - WLAN : 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth - Win 7 Starter + Office 2010 - 10.1" Widescreen TFT 1024 x 600 WSVGA, USBs + SD Card Socket
I have to admit, out of the box unmodified, even with 2Gb ram the system under windows 7 responds poorly, surfing anything with the built in windows explorer is dire! Thank the lord for google chrome, which actually lets you surf the web as intended on a netbook. Windows 7 Starter itself is an extremely cut down version of MS flagship OS, under the EULA its considered illegal to have your windows desktop anything other than the windows logo, which i find extremely odd and microsoft have made sure to take out the option of changing or putting on your own wallpaper? theres apps out there that allow you to change the wallpaper but things like this make no sense to me, you can change the wallpaper on pretty much any device today why not on a netbook you own? good one microsoft!
The machine itself is well made as you would expect from Samsung and comes in a variety of colours, the Atom processor under windows 7 leaves alot to be desired. For the money is it worth it? If you shop around you can probably pick this little machine up for £150 and If you happen to have a spare copy + license for windows XP ! install it, Under Win XP pro this is a great netbook. But if you are unsure how to do it, download and install drivers etc maybe this isnt the netbook for you. General rule on laptops is, the smaller they are the more expensive they become however netbooks are designed to be offer a similiar experience just at a much lower cost, low cost = inferior / cheaper / lower power components (with the exception of Sony netbooks which seem to cost as much as most laptops). Either go for a slightly larger but infinitely better Laptop or Perhaps invest in an IPAD.
I still have the N150, its running at its max under win Xp, but I had to replace it with an IPAD. Which like most apple products is instantly usuable out of the box (after itunes activation ofcourse)
Nice machine, Shame about Windows 7 performance, Switch to XP Pro or consider something more powerful if you want to use windows 7
I recently got the Samsung N150P in pink/white as an early birthday present and I am SO happy with it - I don't know how I ever managed without it! I had been after a netbook for ages, as I am always browsing the web and the laptop I was using was so big and heavy. Plus my husband and I were always bickering over it, so a little netbook for myself seemed like the perfect answer.
As always I did lots of research on various netbooks, and quickly decided on a Samsung as the brand generally gets great reviews for them. It was so difficult to decide which model to choose, as they all seem so similar and you have to really scrutinise all the info and specs which gave me a bit of a headache to be honest! I'm not a computer nerd and have a fairly limited knowledge in that department - hence why I find reviews so helpful. In the end, the thing that made me go for the N150P was the dual core Atom N550 processor - as I'd read that they are so much better/faster than the single core version. Indeed, this little beauty is incredibly fast - just as good if not better than the laptop, and with 3-4 times better battery life! Even before uninstalling all the unnecessary programs that come included I found it fast enough. I have read several reviews saying it's worth upgrading the RAM from 1 to 2GB - but I haven't felt the need to do so just yet, in terms of making things work more effectively. Maybe it's needed more on the single core version?
Everything about this netbook regarding looks and build screams class and quality. It's a very sturdy feeling machine, without being heavy. My pink version is mostly white (all the inside and keyboard is matte white) with a bright pink trim around the sides and glossy pink lid. I believe all the N150P's have glossy lids except the white and blue, which have matte lids. The pink is not quite the "hot pink" I was expecting - more a bright candy/coral pink, but still pretty and girly nevertheless.
I LOVE the chiclet keyboard with the gap around each key, it feels really lovely to type on and isn't too "clicky" - you don't hit the other keys as easily as on standard keys because of this design, which is very useful on a smaller sized keyboard. I can type just as quickly and easily on this as I can on a full sized keyboard. I also find the mouse trackpad very good (far better than the larger one on my Acer laptop) - although I tend to use a mouse for longer browsing sessions purely for more comfort, and because I want to avoid finger marks on the trackpad as much as possible lol!
There are three USB ports which are really useful (my bigger laptop only had two right next to each other), a 4-in-1 card reader and the standard ethernet port, charging port etc. It also has a reasonable webcam and bluetooth 3.0.
The sound quality is much better than I was expecting - although I do have to have the volume almost full to get a reasonable sound from it. However, if you use headphones, the volume doesn't need to be so high and it all sounds a lot better through headphones in my opinion.
Start up is very very quick - I can normally get online within 30 seconds of switching it on. The power "button" is actually a slider rather than a proper button, which is the one thing I'm not so keen on - a button would have looked much nicer I think.
The 6 cell battery gives me around 7.5 hours once fully charged which I think is amazing - although nowhere near the over-optimistic 13.5 hours Samsung claim! I was lucky to get 1.5-2 hours on my laptop though so it's a huge step up for me - plus it's so much nicer being free of wires.
The N150P comes with Windows 7 Starter - and a lot of other reviews are very critical of this, but I haven't encountered any problems so far (like sluggishness). Sure, you can't change the wallpaper but how many hours a day do you look at your laptop/netbooks wallpaper?? It seems to have everything else anyone would need. The only thing I did to increase speeds was installing Google Chrome, which I would do on any computer as I find it so much better than other browsers. I do think it's worth going for the N550 dual core processor version though as I think (from reviews) it's slightly faster to begin with.
I can't say much more about the workings/technical jargon etc. as I am not enough of an expert. All I would say is that if you are looking for a fabulous little netbook for browsing the web, doing coursework/typing and uploading photos etc. then this comes highly recommended! This isn't a gaming computer and obviously has no disc drive (although you can easily add an external one), so if that's what you are needing you shouldn't be looking at netbooks.
I bought mine from gogodigital.co.uk for £214.99 which I think is a total bargain, and it had free next day delivery with an hourly slot so I knew exactly when it was coming. Fantastic service from gogodigital and I would recommend them also.
I have owned my Samsung N150 Plus for several months now and have to say that I have been very impressed thus far. It has good speed for both offline and online applications, considering that it is a netbook, and is one of the best on the market. At just over 10 inches it is a very small computer, and perfect for carrying into work or lectures. I am a student and currently own a Dell XPS 420 desktop. I needed a small secondary computer for use in lectures and seminars, and the Samsung N150 is perfect for this. In fact I am using mine to write this as we speak.
The pros are that it is small and lightweight, meaning it is great for travel and commuting. It is also reasonably fast with internet browsing and word processing. The price of around £250, depending on where it is bought, is also very good. Build quality is also great, and is much better than several more expensive netbooks and even laptops. It also starts up quickly, and awakes from sleep faster than any laptop I have owned.
The cons are, as with all netbooks, that it can lag with video streaming online. However, generally I can watch online tv, etc, with no problems ensuring that all other applications are closed. It also has no CD/DVD drive, but again this is very common for netbooks.
All in all, the Samsung N150 plus is a great little computer, however it is a secondary or travel computer and not suitable as your sole computer.
At first I was a little skeptical about the use of a Netbook but after having the Samsung N150P for just a little over 3 weeks I can say im very impressed. It took a while for the system to load in for the first time but once your in the system works well. Yes it isnt quite as fast as a laptop but if you wanted laptop speeds etc you should buy a laptop. I bought the Netbook to use for my business as it is very lightweight to carry around and can easily store all my documents etc aswell as being able to access the internet either using a dongle or via wifi. It has also a built in bluetooth adaptor which is good for effortless file transfers. There was a lot of preloaded software which I found wasnt no help to me so I deleted the files and the Netbook came into its own with a quicker response. Overall the Netbook has come in very handy for my business and it looks really cool