Samsung NF110 review

The netbook is a fantastic all-round travel companion with very few flaws

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Our Verdict

A fantastic all-round travel companion with very few flaws to mention

Product features

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

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For

  • Usability
  • Build
  • Battery life

Against

  • Limited performance

We haven't seen a new Samsung netbook in a while, although in the past they've proved to be highly portable and dependable devices. The NF110-A01UK is its latest mini machine, and we were very impressed by the all-round quality on offer.

As with most netbooks, performance is limited and only basic office tasks are possible. We had no trouble fiddling with our spreadsheets or checking emails, but try doing too much at once and the Samsung will struggle.

The integrated graphics are another restriction, good enough only for viewing your photo collection and movies. If you want to actually edit your media or play anything more complex than Solitaire, the Asus Lamborghini VX6 is a much better option with its dedicated graphics.

Where the Samsung truly excels is its portability. At 1.3kg, it's only marginally heavier than the Acer and Lenovo, but the 497 minutes of battery life is highly impressive, beating its nearest rival by almost two hours.

The chassis looks smart, with a dark finish to the lid that masks fingerprints and a neat all-white interior. The build also proves very resilient. We found no flex or weak spots, while the lid is dependably solid to protect the display.

The 10.1-inch screen lacks a glossy Super-TFT finish, which means it is less vibrant when displaying images. However, it is also non-reflective, suiting it to outdoor travel use.

We found the keyboard to be highly usable, with the bevelled keys all firmly mounted and offering a good amount of travel. Large-fingered users might struggle with the tiny directional keys, but we found we had no major problem touch-typing. The touchpad is a little cramped, although smooth and responsive.

The Samsung's features stray beyond the usual VGA and USB ports. A 4-in-1 memory card reader offers flexibility and it features Bluetooth 3.0, which offers faster data transfer with compatible peripherals than the old Bluetooth 2.1 standard. Networking is standard for a netbook, with 802.11n Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet on board.

We also found the speakers to be a little more powerful than what you usually get on a netbook. Sound quality is not amazing however, so you'll ideally want to use a pair of speakers or headphones.

Although the Samsung suffers from the usual stilted performance of netbooks, we were pleased with the usability, firm build and excellent battery life, while the TFT screen is well suited to travel.

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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
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMINo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyNF
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelN455
ColourGlossy 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)1.28 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesNF
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNF110 A01
Product NameNF110 A01 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-NF110-A01DE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

With a sharper and brighter 10.1" LED display, you are able to enjoy brilliant high-definition visuals while surfing the web, watching HD movies in or playing your favourite games on your NF110 netbook.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • NF110 A01 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year