Samsung NC110 review

A netbook with a bargain price, huge battery life and superb build

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Samsung nc110

The 10.1-inch screen on the Samsung NC110 isn't a bad thing to look at. The 1024 x 600 resolution is pretty standard for a netbook nowadays. It's a little bit on the grainy side but is reasonably bright and, thanks to its matte finish, there's next to no reflection whatsoever.

The only real gripe that can be levelled at the Samsung NC110 is the lack of adjustability in the screen – it really doesn't go back far enough, so if you're sat on a train with very limited space, you're not going to be able to angle the screen right up to your face.

There's a webcam nestled in the top of the screen too, for capturing live video in chat. You wouldn't expect much from it but it's actually not too bad – the video is smooth and the picture quality, even in low lighting, is quite crisp.

Despite a most basic hardware setup, the Samsung NC110 features a pretty comprehensive range of extras, including three USB ports, a card reader and a VGA port for hooking up to an external monitor. Ok, so there's no HDMI, but it almost feels like there's not a lot of point. After all, the Samsung NC110 struggles with video, let alone anything high definition.

It does, however, come with a decent 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, so you can be sure to make the most of your home's wireless network, providing you're running a compatible Wireless N router.

Annoyingly, the Samsung NC110 comes pre-loaded from the factory with a huge range of software that will really bother some people when it pops up from time to time.

However, separating the wheat from the chaff, some of it – on the Samsung side anyway – is quite handy to have, such as an app that helps you find and connect to Wi-Fi hotspots easily, or quickly turn it off to save battery.

There's also an app to optimise performance, including startup time, and it's all completely free.

You can't help feeling that some – especially newcomers – will feel slightly put off by this, rather than encouraged to use it.


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 Time10.70 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyNC
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelN550
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.50 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
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height33.7 mm
Width259 mm
Depth179.5 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesNC
Product ModelNC110
Product NameNC110 Netbook
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-NC110-AM2UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

If you're looking for great value then you've found it - the Samsung NC110 netbook. Despite being budget-friendly, it comes in a choice of stylish colors and incorporates many advanced features designed to help you stay in touch and squeeze more into your day. As well as simplifying everyday tasks with genuine Windows 7 Starter, its intelligent wireless connectivity means you can automatically use any available network or you can access the Internet practically anywhere through your smartphone. Of course, if you're into the viewing videos or photos you'll be seriously impressed by its ultra sharp and bright screen, which is also anti-reflective so you can enjoy clear images even in direct sunlight. Its narrow bezel also makes it smaller than other netbooks. In fact, because the NC110 weighs just 1.18kg and has an extensive battery life of 10.7 hours you can watch whatever you like, whenever and wherever you like!

Package Contents
  • NC110 Netbook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year