Product Type: Samsung Netbook
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Fantastic little computer for those who travel
Member Name: Morgadams
Advantages: Size is the main one. It fits so easily into pretty much any bag and is very portable.
Disadvantages: No DVD/CD drive
Aesthetic: I've had my netbook for several years now and it really has been one of the best items I've ever bought. In my work I travel a lot and wanted something more compact than a laptop so I didn't have to carry a big laptop bag or backpack when I was out and about. Not only does mine completely fit the bill,also as it is white it is more stylish and sleeker than many others I have seen on the market. It came with it's own little soft felt cover and I haven't needed to buy anything else for it since as once it's in the cover it fits easily into a satchel, shoulder bag or little backpack. It's also far more comfortable to have on your lap than a regular sized laptop - it's smaller and doesn't hang of the edges and as the main keyboard is more compact (but the keys are still the same size - I don't know how they managed it!) I find it much easier to rest my palms on the base to type. The only problem is when it comes to using a regular sized laptop or computer - you have to get used to the bigger keyboard again!
Speed and performance: Although it has become slightly slower as I've installed more programmes or saved files, the speed of this netbook is still pretty good. It starts up fairly quickly only taking a few seconds to bring up the login screen and about a minute after that it is ready to connect to the internet or to open files. Performance wise it does everything a bigger laptop might do. Sometimes it can struggle a little with certain website (such as facebook) if you have it in normal mode, but next to the web address bar is an option to view a website in compatability mode. It then will always bring up that site in compatability mode and you can view all websites as you could on a regular laptop.
It doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, but for £15 you can get an external one which will burn CDs and do anything else you need. It can be a bit cumbersome having this on a train to watch DVDs, but as the netbook is so much smaller than a normal one, it really doesn't make too much difference.
For my job, I often have to write daily reports and e-mail them straight off. The netbook has been perfect for this. It is a constant bug bear that most laptops now don't seem to come with Microsoft Office installed (I personally think it is a ruse to get you to fork out for £150s worth of software!), but the Samsung NC10 comes with Open Office already installed when you can read and write documents in Microsoft Word.
Reliability: I've had no real problems with it at all. After about a year the screen stopped working. Samsung were fantastic and arrange for a free pick up, repair and return. After the first return the problem did come back after about a day, but again Samsung came and got it for free and put in a new screen which solved the problem.
Summary: A fantastic little computer for those who need to use one outside the home on a daily basis.
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