Product Type: Samsung Netbook
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The NC20 - A great alternative to full size laptops.
Member Name: kg200679
Advantages: Fast, good quality, reliable and portable
Disadvantages: High gloss screen and questionable camera
When I finally gave up on my Dell Studio laptop, I decided to go for portability and price over looks and speed. After much hunting I discounted the host of standard netbooks available and went for the slightly larger Samsung NC20.
The attraction for me was the larger than average glossy 12.1" screen, and the ability to upgrade the memory from the standard 1gb, together with past good experiences of the marque. Supplied with Windows XP the laptop has a respectable 160gb hard drive, and with 2gb of RAM works perfectly for the sort of standard web and office applications I and most people need. There is also a Via Nano 1.3mhz processor, so it performs very well on all but the most challenging graphics work.
There is a built in video camera which whilst good, lacks clarity if run on battery - I assume the power is diverted from that and the wireless network to lengthen the battery life (though that's just a guess!). As with most netbooks, investing in an external CD/DVD drive is essential if you want to use anything but web based applications, and I suspect the casing, which is a little less than rugged, may not wear well. These factors aside, this is a great product for the money. Battery life is around 6 hours in normal use, and longer if used on a more frugal setting.
I have installed Windows 7 and can honestly say the speed increased substantially, and the driver and software support available from the Samsung website was excellent.
Available in the matt, slightly pearlescent white finish, (which is really very pretty!) or a glass black for a more professional look, the NC20 thin, light and a joy to use.
Summary: Hard to find real fault with this versatile laptop - and pretty too!