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I wanted to buy a Netbook to take to university but I, like many others, do not understand the complicated technical details that are given and eventually settled on the Samsung N220 Plus.
For me there are several simple factors to consider when buying a Netbook or Laptop, even if you are unsure of the complicated specifications:
-Screen - It is a good size, 10.1", and although obviously smaller than that of a laptop, I have found that 99% of internet sites are still the same to use and it gives a clear picture. The display resolution is 1024 x 600 and hence you may have to scroll side to side on some internet sites however as I just said I find most are just the same to use. It can be used either inside or outside the house due to the matt screen unlike my previous laptop which once the screen was out in the sun it became unreadable due to reflections. It is limited to the distance that you can tilt the screen back and some people may find this a hindrance, but I find that the maximum tilt is prefect for me.
-Keyboard - The keys are fairly small, however due to the gaps in-between each key you are unlikely to press the wrong key. The small size feels strange after using an ordinary laptop however you quickly get used to it and once again you typing speed will be back to normal.
-Battery life - At the start I found the battery life of the netbook to be exceptional lasting about 9 hours, however this has reduced to between 4 and 5 hours over the last 6 months.
-Weight - Weighing only 1.2kg it is a light easily portable machine that is also sturdy and feels solid in your hands. Although the battery is probably one of the heavier components it is well integrated into the design.
-Track pad - It is easy to use and navigate the screen with. It is very responsive and the arrow on the screen moves exactly where you want.
-The Look- It looks sleek and stylish with a good curve to the lid and bottom. I chose to go for a red colour gloss and this looks fantastic, making it great looking and a little individual.
-Webcam - This is only 1.3MP and not very high quality however it does its job and works. I rarely use it so the limitations do not impact me, however for those wanting a crystal clear picture the integrated webcam does not provide that.
-Speed - This is great with quick internet access and I am able to open multiple windows at once; several internet windows, Microsoft and windows media player and it continues to run at a good speed. It uses the operating system Intel Atom N450, which is simply the standard for most Netbooks and is therefore normal in this respect however as stated it can cope with multiple processes running at once. It comes loaded with many applications put on by Samsung, most of which are not needed and just take up valuable space. It has a hard drive capacity of 250GB, a reasonable size however I store all my photographs on an external hard drive so that it does not fill up too much and possibly slow down. Even 6 months later with a few thousand songs it runs at a good speed.
-Applications- It has 3 USB ports, two of which are close together so you can plug in an external DVD drive, and a multi-format memory card slot taking the most common SD cards as well as some more obscure cards. There is space for an Ethernet cable to connect to the internet and a VGA output. There are sockets for headphones (3.5mm- normal) and a microphone, however not having been on the receiving end I am not sure how good this is.
-Speakers- Goes up to a good volume but can produce quite a tinny sound; however this is to be expected and is the same for many netbooks and laptops.
Overall a good Netbook for a reasonable price. I am very happy that I purchased this and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a netbook.