Samsung N130 review

Can this 10.1" netbook swim in an already drowning netbook market?

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Our Verdict

A refreshing offering to the netbook gods, this machine avoids the extensive feature count for a simple approach to highly portable computing

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600

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For

  • Cheap
  • Good battery life
  • Portability
  • Nice build

Against

  • Screen isn't very bright
  • Protruding battery

With its already comprehensive netbook range, Samsung's N130 enters an over-saturated market.

Thankfully, great usability, a long battery life and low price help it to stand out from the crowd.

Weighing 1.2kg, the smart chassis is slim and resilient. Matt-black plastics protect it from scuffs and scratches. The design lacks the flair of Samsung's N310, but suits home and business use.

The sleek design is flawed slightly by the bulky 6-cell battery that protrudes from the base of the chassis. It lets you work for as much as 294 minutes when on the move, however, and raises the keyboard forward to a more natural typing position.

Usability is excellent. All the keys are large with tapered edges, making them easy to access. They also move with a quiet and firm motion when typing.

10.1 inch screen

The 10.1-inch screen features a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, so movies are shown to their best potential. Brightness and contrast are poor, however, and while the matt finish eliminates reflections, it also results in fairly flat images.

An integrated webcam is fitted above the screen, although the camera is slightly offset to the right-hand side, so your face does not naturally sit centrally when typing. This can be a bit off-putting.

At this low price, it's nice to see that a one-year trial version of Microsoft Office software is included. Providing you with plenty of time to save up for the full version, it allows you to stay productive in the meantime, at no extra cost.

Storage is average but capable, with a 160GB hard drive and a 3-in-1 card reader in place. Three USB ports let you connect peripherals, while 802.11n Wi-Fi provides high-speed wireless connectivity.

While the N130 has no truly standout features, its great usability and battery life at such a low price mean that it betters many of its more expensive rivals. In a market where low prices are key and yet increasingly rare, this makes it a true breath of fresh air.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGraphics Media Accelerator 950
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyN
Processor ModelN270
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows XP Home
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.30 kg
Cache512 KB
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEPEAT Gold
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset Model945GSE Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 128 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height30 mm
Width263 mm
Depth186 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesN
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelN130
Product NameN130 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-N130-KA03UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

You want a netbook that delivers all the features you need at home but that's portable enough to take with you on-the-go and at a price you can afford. No problem. The N130 Netbook sports a stylish design with crave-worthy specs such as a battery that lasts long enough for you to upload photos, surf online and chat with friends.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • N130 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed533 MHz