SAMSUNG’S entrant into the netbook market, the NC10, offers the usual batch of goodness. Packing Windows XP, and the same Atom N270 1.6GHz processor as most netbooks in the range, it’s the 160GB hard drive that helps it stand out in the crowd. 1GB of RAM – expandable to 2GB – helps round off a cracking technical package.
While the tech specs are up there with the best already on the market, pockets of users are proclaiming the impressive performance offered by the NC10 to be the best yet. Even fairly recent gaming titles have been proved to run at a fare old lick.
While it certainly can’t handle the kind of simultaneous processes that your desktop has little problem with, performance-wise the NC10 is up with the very best. It’s more than capable at running the kind of basic tasks you’d expect, even at the same time.
You don’t have to worry about the battery dropping out at inopportune moments, with the six-cell offering here giving well over six hours after each charge.
As any owners of other Samsung products will tell you, build quality is absolutely top notch. Everything slots together perfectly, and feels solid as the proverbial rock. The ten-inch screen is of a high standard, as is the 93 per cent of full size keyboard that manages to be small and slinky, yet feel delightful even during extensive use.
There’s more too. A built in 1.3MP webcam is certainly a handy feature, as are the three USB slots, ethernet port, and headphone jack set on the sides.
As fantastic as the Samsung NC10 sounds it’s not all plus points. The touchpad is a touch on the short side, making internet browsing a little trickier than it could have been.
As far as netbooks currently on the market go, there’s no doubt that the Samsung NC10 is among the best currently on offer. At its competitive price point, and with all it has to offer, anyone after a portable internet and word processing device should give this one a really good look.