Samsung N210 review

  • £309

Samsung adds another netbook to its portfolio with an updated Atom CPU

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Our Verdict

This netbook fulfils the expectations of what a second generation netbook should do, including an impressive user interface and a comfortably usable screen, though at the same time as with all netbooks it is limited in power.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Fantastic battery life
  • Dual-boot configuration
  • Choice of colours
  • Slim, resilient chassis
  • Isolated-style keyboard
  • Matt TFT panel

Against

  • Punctuation keys frustratingly small
  • Limited power - only basic multi-tasking available

Samsung's N210 netbook comes with a stunning battery life and a unique dual-boot configuration. Available in a choice of white or black, the slim 1.4kg chassis employs a stylish combination of glossy and matt plastics, and feels resilient throughout.

The popular isolated-style keyboard design is in evidence here, with all keys well separated and firmly attached.

While punctuation keys on the board's right side are frustratingly small, usability is generally strong, although larger-handed typists may struggle slightly.

Rather than the glossy Super-TFT screen coating used by most netbooks, a matt-finish TFT panel is used here. While it reduces colour vibrancy, it also eliminates reflections, making it easy to view in all lighting conditions.

Battery power

Equally key to mobile users is the fantastic battery life. While Samsung claims as much as 720-minutes of mobility, we got 624-minutes under test conditions, but this is a stunning result nonetheless and will easily keep you working for a full day away from mains power.

While the Windows 7 operating system (OS) is installed, a second, Linux-based OS is also in place. It provides usable and near instant access to the internet, with dedicated apps for Gmail and Twitter access, however it is likely you'll either use it all the time or not at all.

As with all netbooks, limited performance is on offer. However Intel's latest Atom technology has been used and allows power for basic multi-tasking, so you can easily work on two or three simple applications simultaneously – such as word processors and email clients.

While the N210 does little to push the market forward, it effortlessly fulfils expectations of what a second-generation netbook should be capable of. With stunning mobility, an impressive user interface and a comfortably usable screen, it makes it easy to recommend.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3150
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time11 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyN
Processor ModelN450
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.34 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height29.1 mm
Width265 mm
Depth188.9 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesN
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelN210
Product NameN210 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-N210-JA02UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Sometimes you just want things to work. The Samsung N210 with extended battery life delivers up to 11 hours of power for secure connected mobility all day long. This exceptional performance is guaranteed by the energy efficient LED display, optimized processing performance and Samsung's class-leading engineering so with the Samsung N210 you're always ready to go anywhere and do anything.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • N210 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year