Product Type: Samsung Netbook
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It's a Netbook, Not a Notebook
Member Name: delasandro
Advantages: Light, does basic tasks perfect, battery lasts ages, ultra-portable
Disadvantages: Slow for the advanced users
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!
Summary: Does exactly what it's meant to do. You shouldn't expect more for the price it costs.
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