Product Type: Samsung Netbook
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Samsung NC10 netbook - does what it says on the tin, and does it well
Member Name: purpleshoes
Advantages: Nifty, small, quick processes, looks great
Disadvantages: Bulky power cable, difficult to adjust screen res, need a dongle to get online
My Samsung NC10 was bought for me about 18 months ago as a surprise present so I didn't have a chance to do research before getting it.
However, I haven't been disappointed, as it has been really, really great!
Yes, it is a netbook in its truest form; not masses of RAM or memory but it does what it says on the tin, and does it well.
Good points: I love the keyboard and mouse, the keyboard is small, but I touch type and use this keyboard after using a normal keyboard at work all day and adjust with no problems. The scroller functionality (at the side of the mouse pad) is a bit dicky, it seems to not catch easily, but when it does it whizzes down the page far too quickly! I also use this when pressing control to adjust the screen resolution so it being dicky is a bit of a pain, especially when I seem to be adjusting the screen resolution more often than I would on a larger machine to make the most of the NC10's small screen.
I have quite a lot of music and a few films on my machine, as well as tons of photos, and it's not showing signs of filling up the memory anytime soon!
I have the sleeping bag (this probably isn't the technical term) that the machine comes with, which isn't very protective at all, but a friend has a padded affair which she's actually dropped on the pavement and the laptop came out unhurt!
There's no CD drive in the machine, but I've got to say that I really haven't missed this at all.
In terms of speed; programs, photos, music etc do load up quickly and are reliable when playing. I don't find the computer needs much time to think about processes and happily, rarely see the egg timer instead of a cursor!
Not so good points: I would say the machine possibly isn't as light as it could be, but it certainly isn't heavy and the weight doesn't dissuade me from taking it away with me. A bit of a random criticism but I would say the power cable is probably too long and feels bulky for such a little machine.
One major criticism would be that even though it is a netbook (read: main purpose is to go on't internet), I need to have an inconvenient dongle stuck in the side of the machine to get online. I would have thought a bit of extra engineering so that you could just whip a sim card into a special slot, and bang, you're connected to the internet, would have been far preferable.
I think the battery life could be greatly improved, but having said that aforementioned friend's lasts for about 10 hours, so maybe I've done something to mine / got a raw deal. Mine seems to last for about 1.5 hours tops, and it seems to only give me one pop up to say 'quick charge' me before dying about two minutes later, which is a real pain especially seeing as the power cable seems to always be in a different room to me (not the computer's fault!)
All in all, I would recommend the NC10. If my battery life was longer, I'd happily take it with me on all train journeys to work or watch a film, sounds trivial, but the power cable means sometimes I leave the whole caboodle at home.
Just one last point, sometimes when I hibernate my machine and then switch it back on again, all the programs I have/had open don't respond and I usually end up shutting it down and starting it back up again. It's not a massive deal as shutting down and starting back up take very little time to do, it's just a bit of a pain when I forget.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Happy with this netbook, would recommend it all things considered
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