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8. Samsung NF210-A02UK - £275


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, offering 519 minutes away from the mains. While this can't quite match the Samsung N230's 628-minute battery life, it still beats a number of modern netbooks.

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 is a little cramped.

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.

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.

Read our full Samsung NF210-A02UK review