Samsung NB30 review

This netbook is a rugged customer, making it perfect for the kids

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Our Verdict

A brilliant netbook with all the trimmings. This is one for people on the road or children likely to drop it

Product features

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

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  • Very light machine
  • Build quality
  • Ideal for children
  • Freefall sensor
  • Resistant to spilt liquids
  • No shiny super-TFT screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Webcam
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sleep n' Charge USB port


  • Not very stylish
  • Limited in processing power

Samsung's netbook range has always impressed us, and the NB30, boasting semi-ruggedised features, is no different. It's ideal if you're looking to buy a machine for your child or simply want greater protection for your data.

The netbook features a hard drive with a freefall sensor. This detects when the machine has been dropped and docks the drive heads in a bid to minimise the damage to your data. This could prove very useful in the hurly-burly of a classroom environment.

The netbook is also resistant to spilt liquids and features a smart scratch resistant skin which not only protects the machine's components, but also means it doesn't suffer from the scratches and scuffs shinier machines quickly collect.

The 10.1-inch screen has a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution which is sharp and bright, and there's no shiny Super-TFT screen coating causing irritating reflections in bright light.

Excellent build

Build quality is excellent and, at 1.3kg, it's a very light machine, making it suitable for small children to carry to and from school and between classrooms.

The keyboard uses a design common to Acer laptops, whereby each key stands above the chassis. It provides one of the most intuitive typing experiences around.

Intel's new Atom N450 chip provides the NB30's processing power, and you'll find enough performance for running office applications with ease.

A benefit of Intel's latest processor is the extended battery life it provides. Samsung claims to have achieved an impressive 11 hours of battery from one charge, and during benchmarking we managed just less than ten hours.

Other features include a webcam for video chatting on the internet, Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi and even a USB port which can charge your peripherals even when the netbook is switched off.

We like what the NB30 has to offer. The semi-rugged features are still relatively rare on a netbook, and will prove to be a real selling point for many.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3150
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time14 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
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)1.26 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
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height39 mm
Width264 mm
Depth188.9 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesN
Product ModelNB30
Product NameNB30 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-NB30-JT02UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Productivity on the move on the can be pretty challenging, but the Samsung NB30 won't let you down. Its robust and stylish design features a unique S pattern and scratch-resistant casing to reduce the risk of marks and scratching. An innovative Hard Disk Drive (HDD) free fall sensor also protects your valuable data by automatically parking the HDD if you accidentally drop your netbook, while a seal around the system helps to prevent potential damage if liquid is accidentally spilled on its surface.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • NB30 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year