Samsung N230 review

Stunning mobility and great to use – a perfect choice for the frequent traveller

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Product features

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

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  • Good battery life
  • Storage
  • Features
  • Build quality


  • Basic performance

The netbook market exploded a few years back, and ever since every manufacturer under the sun has done its best to grab a piece of the extremely lucrative pie.

Samsung weren't first on the scene – that honour goes to Asus with their Eee PC machines – but they did release a whole range of highly impressive netbooks, with the NC10 standing out as one of the most usable and portable available at the time.

Since then, very little has changed in netbook world. True the advent of technologies such as nVIdia Ion – which allows the use of a powerful graphics card in a netbook – have debuted, but none have proved game-changing.

The result is that portability and usability are still – as they were at the beginning – the absolute cornerstone of a netbook's existence, and it's here that Samsung has hit the nail firmly on the head with the N230.

Samsung n230 review

We've been incredibly impressed by the N230 during our time with it. At the most fundamental level it succeeds in that the 628-minute battery life is awesome, and it is a very easy machine to use, with a fantastic screen and near-flawless typing experience.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA3150
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyN
Processor ModelN450
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)1.18 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height34 mm
Width264 mm
Depth188 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesN
Product ModelN230
Product NameN230 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-N230-JA02UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Lightweight, stylish netbooks for easy surfing and entertainment. Unrivaled design and a host of advanced features make the Samsung N-Series netbooks a class of their own. Choose from a range of stylish models that'll have you looking good wherever you go. No matter which Samsung N-Series mini notebook catches your eye, you're ensured style beyond comparison and cutting-edge engineering that only Samsung can deliver.

Package Contents
  • N230-11 Netbook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter