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I bought the Samsung NC10 Plus nearly two years ago, originally for college as it is smaller in size (10.1 inch) to my normal laptop, and claimed to have a long battery life (13 and a half hours), thus I wouldn't need to take my charger into college with me and search out empty plug sockets. Even to this day, on Power Saver Mode, doing basic tasks such as word processing and using an Internet browser, the battery still lasts around 10-11 hours, so it has lasted well, in my opinion.
Appearance-wise, I love the red streak around the edge; it just tops it all off, as a very sleek, professional but 'user-friendly' looking netbook. The mouse is very slightly off centre, which took some getting used to, as I'd put my hand in the wrong place, naturally. Due to the touchpad being flush against the casing, it's difficult to tell whether your hand's on the touchpad or not, especially if you tend to look more at the screen than where your hands are. This is totally minor, and I'm sure it's just me that would have this sort of problem! There are 3 USB ports on the side, so one can easily be used for a wireless mouse, if required.
The keyboard, obviously smaller, is about 80% of a full size, I'd guess, but after a while of using the NC10 Plus, (or any netbook, I guess), this is no longer an issue, unless constantly switching between this and a full-size keyboard. But due to the quality of this netbook generally, I tend to just use the NC10 now, and my laptop has become somewhat obsolete.
I was honestly surprised at how quiet it is whilst running; it's practically silent, as well as being lightweight (1.2kg with battery-pack). It came with Windows 7 Starter already installed, which was a bonus, after the trouble I personally had with Windows Vista. It also came with a trial of Microsoft Office 2007, which proved essential in college.
I've found that it doesn't seem to like some programs and games due to the screen resolution (1024x600), but what can you expect, really? Programs such as AutoCAD, and some full screen games such as World of Warcraft and Minecraft cause some trouble: whilst they will load just fine, it's impossible to see the outer edges of the screen, meaning some options are no longer available unless you know the keyboard shortcuts.
I've recently started having problems with the keyboard; I'm not sure whether this is a fault with the netbook itself or just my own carelessness. I have tried to be careful with it over the years, though it is pretty sturdy (being in a protective case in my bag, being carried about college every day for two years). But a few keys have just stopped working for seemingly no reason. I've tried all the suggestions online (about switching it off, taking the battery out etc), but to no avail. I'm hoping to replace the keyboard soon, as it won't cost too much and the computer still works fine. I'm able to use the onscreen keyboard to press buttons that no longer work..
It claims to be "Fast Booting" - I find that I don't switch it off that often, just shut the lid and put it to sleep (Useful in college to keep things open for a next lesson etc). Once opened, or even loaded up from scratch, it boots almost instantly, but depending on what I had open previously, it can take a short while to respond after booting (especially Internet browser tabs.. It just seems to like to warm up before you can use it properly). This has only been happening in the last few months, so I'm inclined to put it down as natural wear and tear, so to speak.
Otherwise, it's been perfect for me, and I'd recommend it to anyone; students especially, as it's compact, portable, quick, great value (I paid £167 for it, and it came with a year's free subscription to Norton Anti-Virus on disk - Odd addition, as it doesn't have a CD-drive!) and you can take it out for the day to lectures etc, and trust that you won't need the charger until the evening. It has a decent sized hard-drive (250GB) and RAM (1GB), so is practical for college use, too. Other features that students may find useful are the wireless internet capabilities, Bluetooth, and the built-in Digital Live Cam (webcam), for video conferencing etc, all of which seem to work seamlessly.
If you have sight problems, getting used to everything being slightly smaller may cause you some trouble, but with the Accessibility options that come with Windows 7, there is a magnifying glass that can zoom in on anything you struggle to see properly. It would be possible to link it up to an external monitor with a greater resolution, as it does have a VGA port. There is nothing wrong with the internal capabilities that mean it is unable to play games etc., it is simply the size of the screen. There's no HDMI port on the netbook, but again, with 3 USB ports, it's possible to buy an adaptor for HDMI if you were looking for a higher quality image on the external monitor.
All in all, it's a great little computer, and has served me well. I prefer this to my full-size laptop now as it's more portable and just as fast. I'm able to use it for exactly the same things as my laptop, apart from the gaming aspect, which I prefer a bigger screen for anyway.
I have had my net-book for over a year now and have found it a delight to use. In this review i plan to explain the good and bad features (That i have experienced) rather than the a standard 'factory spec' review.
The Net-book is roughly the size of a normal hardback book with the screen being just an inch smaller (10''). I have found this size to be adequate and large enough to surf the web easily.
Next i feel i should mention the weight - in my opinion the same weight as a bag of sugar ( mainly due to the battery pack as without would be even lighter). This was actually quiet suprising as was expecting a much heavier porduct.
Due to past experiences with laptops/net books i was concerned the battery life would be non-existent however once fully charged you are able to surf the web, email, watch films and download music for a full 9+ hours before needing to re-charge - so is a great product if travelling. The only issue i have found is that the charger has to be stored separately and will not fit in to most net-book holdalls but hey with 9 hours of charge who really cares?
The features found on this net-book are excellent - Bluetooth, Digital Web-Camera (built in to the top of screen), 3 USB points and wireless Internet features including WIFI (Ideal if you are on the go!). The net-book also features built in speakers which pack a punch for such a small device. You will also find a point for headphones and fair sized keyboard (17.7mm key pitch) so ideal for typing!
A user guide can be found on the desktop and will guide you through any issues (personally have not had to use this yet) It is also is preloaded with Windows XP.
Software however has been the only issue I have had as not having Microsoft installed can prove a pain if trying to created documents etc however managed to load this easily enough myself with the help of an external drive.
Screen quality is excellent so to is the speed. The pre-installed mouse pad is very responsive and easy enough to use (a normal mouse can be added using the USB).
Overall i feel this netbook is amazing value for money, i would suggest shopping around for a bargain (also when buying online try to find voucher codes to get a better discount). I recently took my netbook on holiday and due to the fab battery life and wifi managed to keep track on my emails and banking with great ease. Buy today you won't regret it!
Depending on where you purchase this netbook from you are likely to very good deal. Compared with other netbooks in the same price range, this one has a longer battery life due to its 6 cell battery (other netbooks offer 3 cell) and a relatively large harddrive of 250gb (compared with many other netbooks in the same price range offering 160gb).
As far as a netbook is concerned, this does everything that you would want it to. It is lightweight and provides wireless access to the internet either at home or on the move. It has an anti-reflective screen which makes it easy to see even in bright sunlight. It also comes with Windows 7 starter and a trial of Office 2010 which would make it ideal for a student to take to university.
It is perfect for travelling as not only is it compact and lightweight, it has a webcam which can be used to make free calls over the internet via skype - perfect for keeping in touch with the family. It also has a long battery life (claimed at 13.5 hours) which means it can be used for long periods when travelling e.g. to watch a film without the worry of trying to find somewhere to plug in in.
Obviously as a netbook it is lacking the disc drive that you would enjoy with a full sized laptop, but this is not really an issue as most programs you might require can be downloaded online or put on a memory stick through one of the three USB ports this netbook offers.
All in all I would recomend considering the Samsung NC10 Plus if you are looking for great value netbook.