Samsung NF210-A02UK review

Great battery life and strong usability from this sleek, dual-core netbook

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Good build quality
  • Battery life
  • Portability


  • Standard netbook performance
  • Keyboard a little cramped

Samsung was one of the first manufacturers to embrace netbooks and has released a large number of impressive mini machines. The NF210- A02UK may not offer much innovation, but it's a solid netbook with incredible portability and strong usability.

Regular travellers require a long battery life and this netbook certainly delivers with 519 minutes of life away from the mains. While this can't quite match the Samsung N230's 628-minute battery life, it still beats most modern netbooks.

The chassis is a little chunky towards the rear, with a sloped design that hits 37mm at its thickest point, but it's a compact build that should still slip into bags with ease. At 1.3kg, it's barely noticeable, even when carried around all day.

The sleek white lid masks an all-black interior that looks smart, although there is some flex around the palmrests.

Netbooks can suffer from reduced usability due to their reduced chassis size, but Samsung has included a well sized isolation-style keyboard. The gaps between keys make it great for touch-typing, although the right side of the keyboard is a little cramped, with a tiny Shift key and directional keys. The touchpad is, of course, tiny but also smooth and perfectly sensitive.

Intel's Atom processors – low voltage chips that are energy efficient, but provide basic performance – have been used in netbooks since their inception. This netbook is one of the first to use the new dual-core Atom CPU, and we were keen to see how it compared.

Standard Performance

Sadly, we noticed little improvement over the old versions in our benchmarking tests. Typically for a netbook, you can run basic office tasks and browse the web, but not much more.

The integrated Intel graphics card means limited multimedia power also, so you're restricted to browsing photos and watching video.

A matt finish has been used on the 10.1-inch screen, which eliminates annoying reflections and means you can comfortably work in any lighting conditions. However, images aren't quite as vibrant as we'd like as a result.

Features are as limited as you would expect for such a small machine, with no room for a DVD drive. However, the 250GB of storage is enough to hold a reasonably sized media collection.

Three USB ports let you attach peripherals. 802.11n Wi-Fi allows speedy wireless networking, and there's also built-in Bluetooth.

We were impressed by the portability and usability of the Samsung N230, making this an easy netbook to recommend. It's just a shame the dual-core Atom processor does little to improve performance.

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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
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyNF
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)1.25 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 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height30.9 mm
Width275 mm
Depth187.5 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesNF
Product ModelNF210
Product NameNF210 Netbook
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-NF210-A02UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Whoever said "practical" had to be "boring"? Just one look at the Samsung N210 netbook's ultra-stylish streamline design, with its naturally fluid contours, rounded edges and sophisticated ivory finish, will prove otherwise. Because hidden inside is a powerhouse of practical technology, like the new Intel Atom N550 (Dual Core) processor, latest DDR3 memory and Windows 7, to help you stay connected and get more done on the move. It also boasts an impressive "go anywhere" multimedia capability with an antireflective LED display and enhanced surround sound system. Which is just as well, as its outstanding 10.7 hours of battery life means you really can squeeze more into your day - and do it all in real style.

Package Contents
  • NF210 Netbook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter