Product Type: Samsung Netbook
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A good Netbook, but there are issues.
Member Name: salmondantaylor
Advantages: Keyboard, 3 x USB ports, card reader, free with many contracts
Disadvantages: Screen issues, Windows XP
Most netbooks (at the time this was released), had basically the same specs, 1024x600 resolution, 10.something inch screen, Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, small hard drive, wireless network capability, and a reasonable battery.
The NC-10 seems to take all these specs as building blocks, rather than rules. The processor and memory may be standard, but most other things are improved. The 160GB hard drive is large for the size of the device, the wireless A/B/G networking is impressive, despite not being updated to the newer "N" spec. The 10.1" screen is a noticeable improvement over many of it's competitors, Samsung do seem to lead the way in displays (having supplied the many of the displays for Apple mobile products such as the iPhone and iPod touch).
The battery, in my experience, through heavy use (web browsing, music playing, instant messaging and the odd video clip) lasted consistently at least 8 hours. This type of use may not seem heavy, but is typical for a netbook. And for a netbook (when this was released), that was class leading performance.
The main reason I bought (or rather took out a mobile internet contract to get it free) this netbook was because I knew it had similar specifications to the PC that apple designed the bootcamp software to run OSX on an x86 processor. And as such, I was fairly confident I would be able to run a (perhaps not legal) copy of Mac OS X on it, with some help from the OSx86 community. And it passed with flying colours. I installed OSX Leopard on it within days of receiving it, and it had run like a dream ever since. I did however have to switch out the wireless card, to make things easier. But if you are wanting an osx netbook, you can either get a macbook air, or for a fraction of the price, pick up one of these and buy another wireless card.
The only two problems I've noticed with this netbook are as follows; the default OS installed is Windows XP. As with most netbooks at the time, this was standard, but it's fairly cheap to upgrade to Windows 7. Second issue is the screen. Is is a great screen, but after a while it does develop an issue, at certain angles of opening, the screen will only display white. Not too big a problem, as you can simply tilt the screen a little. It is quite annoying sometimes though.
Summary: Was a good choice when it came out, but many better options now exist
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