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Samsung N220 review

Samsung's new netbook is all about the battery life

Our Verdict

Great features and usability combined with excellent battery life make this a strong netbook contender

Product features

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

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For

  • Superb battery life
  • Well built
  • Good features

Samsung has released a large number of netbooks to critical acclaim and we're often impressed by the quality on offer, although some models have been hampered by a disappointing battery life. The N220 succeeds in addressing this issue and the result is a highly usable and portable machine.

The design is stylish and features very little Samsung branding – a massive reduction from the branding that covered some previous models. A thick layer of plastic covers the lid and helps to protect the netbook, although it does manage to quickly attract dirt and fingerprints.

Inside, the palm-rest flexes a little under pressure, but nothing significant. The isolated-key style keyboard stretches the width of the chassis and is perfect for touch-typing, although it's easy to accidentally hit the Page Up and Page Down buttons when using the arrow keys.

The touchpad is a little small, but this makes it hard to knock by accident when typing and the glide action is smooth. A narrow bar beneath the pad acts as the mouse buttons and this works well, although it isn't as firm as we'd have liked.

Portablility is this netbook's true strength. While the dimensions and weight are similar to the other machines, the 575-minute battery life beats just about every netbook around. With this kind of longevity, you can easily work all day on a single charge.

The screen is another highlight, with images appearing bright and vibrant, thanks to the inclusion of LED backlighting. The netbook can comfortably be used in bright conditions, due to the anti-glare TFT display, which minimises reflections and suits outdoor use.

HyperSpace

Samsung has included HyperSpace 'instant-on' software. By pressing F6 as the machine boots up, the user can select to load the simplified HyperSpace interface instead of the Windows 7 operating system for fast access to the internet. However, netbooks usually boot to Windows in well under a minute, which greatly reduces the need for such an option.

Speedy 802.11n Wi-Fi and standard 10/100 Ethernet provide network connectivity, while Bluetooth is also included for sharing files with devices such as mobile phones. Three USB ports and a VGA port, as well as a 3-in-1 card reader, round off the features.

The Samsung N220 is a well built and stylish machine with a truly amazing battery life. Combined with the bright screen and strong usability, this is an all-round excellent netbook that we highly recommend.

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
ColourGreen, Black
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)1.32 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
Height27.5 mm
Width264 mm
Depth188.9 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesN
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelN220
Product NameN220 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-N220-JMD2UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Sometimes you just want things to work. The Samsung N220 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 N220 you're always ready to go anywhere and do anything.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • N220 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year