Product Type: Samsung Netbook
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Netbook without the Net!
Samsung N150 Plus
Member Name: knightnx
Samsung N150 Plus
Advantages: Packed with features! Tiny!!
Disadvantages: underpowered, Windows 7 starter
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
Summary: Nice machine, Shame about Windows 7 performance, Switch to XP Pro or consider something more powerfu