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I've received this netbook second hand so I'm not sure how old it is, but it processes as quickly as I had imagined for a small machine like this one! The only problems come when it is treated like a laptop - it gets slow quickly with more than a few pages open and don't even think about installing iTunes or anything like that on it. It works perfectly for everything I wanted it for - the battery life is good (about 5 hours) and it is very light and portable, so good for having in your bag for work or university lectures. There is an integrated Digital Livecam which I cannot really see the use for, but a good extra I suppose. As long as it isn't overloaded then it works about as quickly as a normal laptop, for example just a Word document. If you are looking for a small portable device with the same capabilities as a laptop, this isn't the one, but for a portable, light device to do work on-the-go, I can't fault it.
The first thing that springs to anyone's mind when it comes to buying a laptop is 'will it do the job for me?' or 'is it fast enough?'. Well, this is a Netbook and is different to your normal Notebook and therefore it will never be as good as your bigger laptops.. when it comes to some things. However, for some things, netbooks are better and therefore both have there pro's and con's and should be weighed up before deciding anything.
The Samsung N150 is very basic, yet perfect for most people. It has 1GB ram provided along with an Atom processor. Nowadays, this is basically as low as it gets. However, you shouldn't be mistaken. These processors are perfect for normal usage which includes Internet surfing, watching videos, listening to music etc. It's also 100% perfect for typing or producing documents. In reality, most people use computers and laptops for these functions only and so this is a great option for a cheap item that does basically the same thing as something that cost 2-3 times more.
The size and portability is its main selling point. It fits just about into a handbag or a small briefcase or whatever you want to use. It's also very light and is therefore easier to carry around than a full size heavy 15-17 inch laptop.
The battery life makes it even more portable. It lasts around 4 hours on full charge if you use it on the maximum power settings, bright background etc and listening to music on full volume. If you just use it to type on Word or are just browsing the net, it lasts around 6-7 hours! Absolutely incredible in my opinon! And it doesn;t take that long to charge either, only about 1hr 30. So if you have a long train journey on the way to work every morning (or wherever you spend ages..) then this is a great option.
The screen size is 10.1 inch. It's small but easily visiable and decent quality. However, one slight problem for some may be the fact that the keyboard is obvisouly going to then be smaller than your usual standard Notebook. However, this shouldn't be a problem if your only using the internet etc. If you are typing, some may find it difficult while others may find it ok. I found it slightly weird at first but after 2-3 goes at it it isn't that bad really. It's not designed to be your main office laptop anyway so therefore it shouldn't be bought to do so.
The other features on this are also usefula dn good, especially for the price. There are 3 usb port, bluetooth and wifi built-in. I have tried the bluetooth and it works fine but i dont use it so unfortuantely i can't comment on whether its good all the time. The wi-fi though i use all the time and it picks up signal from my house and even across the road pretty easily. Another feature is the Webcam which is built in just above the screen. It's useful if your into using webcam on MSN or Skype, or even just to take a few snaps with your other half!
The design and looks are pretty slick too. There is a red stripe around the side and front of the laptop which i think looks pretty sexy to be fair ( in a laptop kind of way.. lol). The outside cover is also nice as its shiny, although some may dislike these type as they tend to have alot of fingerprint marks which are significantly visible in the sun.
Just so that you are aware (As i have seen some people asking this.), there is no DVD/CD drive, and you wont get one in any netbook. They are just too small to fit one in and if it had one it would just defeat the point of this being extremly light and portable.
Right, so the advantages are done! Now onto some problems i have found with it (Not many). These problems are simply to do with the software provided. Mine came with Windows 7 starter, and i think most will these days from any shop, but i'm not 100% sure. If you can, try and get windows Xp with it. This is because Windows 7 Starter is what it says it is: Starter. This means its simply the most basic it can be and you can't even change the background!
Another annoying thing with this is that Samsung have bloated all there software onto it. When you first set it up, you will have to spend around half an hour while Samsung software etc gets installed. There are then many software which you will most probably never use which will slow down your netbook. However, you can simply go into Control Panel and uninstall these unwanted items easily but just be aware that this happens.
So, comparing it to a Notebook, this is very basic. Yet most people only use laptops for basic stuff and therefore this is just as good as bigger laptops for that purpose. Obviously you wont be able to play games etc but this is not what its for and at this price it's a steal!
Definately recomend to all users for basic opertations!
I've had a cute red and white N150 for a year now, it's my first little netbook, here's what I think.
Regarding the way it looks, I have to say it is adorable, it is indeed a very nice looking netbook and has received many compliments. It is tiny, smaller than a magazine in length, and so it fits nicely in my medium sized handbag. It's very lightweight, which is handy, especially if you are like me and require to carry all your books (including netbook) on an hour's walk all the way to campus and carry everything all the way back. In fact this netbook is lighter than just one textbook. The small keyboard and screen took some getting used to, but you can always connect the netbook up to another monitor and keyboard if you are having difficulties with it back at home.
Providing you only have a small number of programs running, it works at a reasonable speed. However by small number I generally only mean if you have one or two programs running. In fact I've found this netbook very slow, and as the year has progressed it has become increasingly disappointing. For instance it crashes a lot, and I have lost a lot of work before because of it's occasional sudden need to shutdown without warning.
Additionally over time I've found the small screen to be irritating for my eyes, but this is to be expected with a netbook. Also, if you do get a netbook, make sure it isn't the only laptop you own, there's plenty missing in addition to the big screen and keyboard, for instance somewhere to play your CDs and DVDs. However this is all to be expected with a netbook.
The battery life is fair, originally it had around 6 hours of battery life, nowadays it's reduced to about 4 hours on the optimized performance mode, it's not brilliant but it's not too awful either.
Providing you need a laptop that is small, light and fairly basic, the Samsung N150 is perfect for the job, and one of the cheapest whilst being cosmetically pleasing. However don't expect to get through many things too quickly on it! Also take note - the webcam is incredibly low quality, so don't expect to get too far with video calling on this netbook! Though N150 can be somewhat infuriating, it has served me well in taking my notes during lectures and not breaking my back on my journeys to campus.
My fiancée's old Sony laptop having given up the ghost, we set about finding a replacement for her. After some discussion, and trying out a few things instore, we came to the conclusion that she could probably achieve everything she wanted to day to day on a smaller, and trendier, netbook - something that would fit in her handbag to carry back and forth - and would have the battery life to last through a day.
We were then left to chose between the myriad of netbooks available and, of course, the apple iPad. The iPad, whilst fantastic for certain things (notably the maps!), we felt just wasn't as good for text entry - and as word processing was one of our key requirements (as was easy compatibility) we decided to pass and compare the various netbooks available instead. After much research, several demos and a fair bit of toing and froing, we ended up getting the Samsung N150. It was the most attractive netbook we'd seen and the spec, for the money, seemed extremely good. We paid around £260 at the time, although it's now available for a little less.
Out of the box, the machine is immediately impressive - a tasteful blend of matt and gloss black, with a nice matt red stripe around the outside. It feels sturdy to the touch, although a little plastic-y, if you're being critical. Picking it up, it has definite weight to it - not enough to really bother you, but it's definitely not super-light. As well as the machine, you also get a power supply, which is also compact, making it easy for travelling with.
Turning the machine on, I was immediately impressed by the screen. While not huge (being 10 inches) it's bright and has remarkably good colour reproduction. It also has a very good viewing angle. Windows 7 seems to work really smoothly on the machine and performance is very good. A definite downside, however, is the amount of pre-installed software (or "bloatware") the machine is shipped with - it took around 2 hours to un-install it all. Once off, the performance of the machine is even better - and startup times much improved.
The machine has all of the connectivity options you would expect - ethernet, wifi and USB are all present and correct - and the keyboard has a really nice action to it - not too "clicky". The trackpad, also, works really well, never glitchy or jerky, it just does the job.
The real strength of the N150, however, is how it works over time - it just works really well - it starts up in next to no time, does everything we've asked of it - office applications, internet, videos, some light gaming - and the battery holds charge remarkably well - doing simple office tasks, you can easily do a day's work without needing to charge.
My fiancée loves the machine and couldn't find fault with it, for me, however, there are still a couple of "could do bettter"s...you don't get quite enough "screen real estate" at standard resolution - a lot of the screen is covered by the ribbons in Office applications - not leaving much space for your actual documents. Also, I find the key layout a little fiddly, finding "home" and "end" particularly. I think, however, these are issues that will be an issue on any netbook, nothing against the N150 itself.
Overall, though, it's a fantastic little netbook that just works, really well.
Having just started a university degree I felt it was time to replace my old Acer bulky laptop which would overheat even at switch on. Not wanting to spend much but still wanting it to look fashionable I chose the Samsung N150 and many reviews were not helpful, however I decided to take the plunge and hope for the best.
Upon excitingly setting it up I was amazed at how light it is (and the fabulous glamorous pink colour) I was lead through an installation guide which was helpful even to an advanced computer user like myself. If you are looking for something speedy then this is for you. It comes with a built in microphone and webcam and also features a Samsung movie player which is faster and clearer quality than your bog standard Windows Media Player.
The only drawbacks of this netbook is obviously with all netbook's it does not feature a disc drive (just pointing this out for the novice's that may be reading this) There is also the stickers which are easily peel off (this is a minor if not at all a flaw for the normal person however having the boredom I do, I easily peeled them off by catching them when typing with my acrylic nails) The final flaw is that the keys are rather small for a normal person however I have not found this a problem as I have small finger tips.
I bought this netbook in april to replace my faithful but enormous laptop that had been going since 2002. I wanted something small but mighty, with an affordable price tag and a sleek design, something I certainly found with the N150.
I spent a good amount of time researching different netbooks and time and time again this one came up tops. I will break down my review into a few categories;
The techie bits -
The RAM is standard size from a netbook so I can't really comment.
The Atom N450 processor is pretty good, when browsing the internet and word processing the speed is very good and I have no complaints. After a few different programs running at the same time it gets a bit slow, but nothing more than you would expect from such a small machine.
The 10.1 inch screen is a good size - most netbooks tend to be around 7 inches so the bigger screen is a serious advantage. Text can be read comfortably but if it is a problem, then two fingers on the mousepad will quickly zoom in for you.
The battery life is a little short of it's claims - I was told instore it would be up to 9 hours yet i've gotten an average of 6 - 7 hours per full charge. This isn't unreasonable however and a lot better than many netbooks.
I picked this netbook partly because of it's sleek, glossy design. The casing is beautifully shiny and so far scratch resistant. The screen is matte, so it doesn't reflect if you want to sit in the garden with it on a sunny day! The keyboard is perfect as it is 90% of a standard keyboard size and easy to use. It is available in black, dark blue or red.
The netbook has windows 7 starter edition which is very simple and I have had no problems with it. I didn't need the instructions to set it up as there were very easy to follow on screen instructions. The webcam is great quality, there is very good wi-fi range, and it has many additional features such as bluetooth, video filming and an SD card slot.
Everything you could want for a very affordable price, a beautiful machine!
I recently purchased this in the pink option, which is quite new to the market. I brought this to replace my laptop, which I brought just before the netbooks became popular. I have wanted a netbook for quite a while now, but am not the type of person who upgrades all the time.
I saw this in a catalogue and when I got a code come through for 10% off and a buy now pay next year deal I decided to go for it.
I'm not as good as some people with technology. I know how to use most things, but am not very good with all the jargon that comes with technology, so if this review seems a bit basic to techies, then I apologise.
My netbook arrived about two weeks ago. I was really excited and was keen to try out the new windows 7. When it arrived it was very simple to set up and all I had to do was to follow the on screen instructions and didn't even need to look at any manuals etc.
Setup did take about an hour to install everything, but I had expected that. It came with a small amount of charge, but I did need to plug it in after about half an hour.
My main reason for changing my laptop for a netbook was that I wanted something more portable and a longer battery life. The n150 is really light and easy to carry. It is small and compact enough to fit in most medium to large handbags and weighs around 1.2Kg, which is great for me. The screen size is just slightly over 10 inches, meaning that although it is compact, it is just the right screen size to see what you're doing on the screen. The key board is 90% the size of the usual keyboard and I find it very comfortable to use. The keys have a soft feel if you are touch typing and the mouse works well, although I prefer to use an wireless optical mouse.
I only have one problem with this netbook and that is the battery life. I check the description several times before buying this model and every single time it stated that the battery would last up to 8 hours when fully charged. I have been using it most days for almost two weeks now and the longest the battery ever lasts is almost 6 hours. This is still good as my old laptop only lasted 2 hours at a push, it just annoys me when they that it lasts longer than it actually does. I have tried using different energy settings, but even on power saver or balanced mode it still only just gets to 6 hours before I need to plug it into the charger.
I have confess that I don't really use my netbook to it's full capacity, I only really use it for odd word document from time to time and for browsing the internet. Other than that I don't really use the other features so can't really comment on them.
I haven't actually used the webcam to connect with anyone, but we have mucked about with it a bit at home. It's very good quality and gives a really clear picture. You can add lot's of different effects and you can also record a video as well.
I was a little disappointed with the sound on the netbook. It's not as loud as I would have liked and not as clear as my laptop, but it's not a major problem.
Starting up and closing down this netbook is very quick and takes nowhere near as long to start and close as my old laptop. The programmes are also a lot quicker to start as well.
Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and I got it at a good price. I had a look around and the average price for this netbook is £250. I managed to get mine for £220 and don't have to pay for it untill May next year, on the down side I did have to wait about 3 weeks for it be delivered.