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Aesthetic: I've had my netbook for several years now and it really has been one of the best items I've ever bought. In my work I travel a lot and wanted something more compact than a laptop so I didn't have to carry a big laptop bag or backpack when I was out and about. Not only does mine completely fit the bill,also as it is white it is more stylish and sleeker than many others I have seen on the market. It came with it's own little soft felt cover and I haven't needed to buy anything else for it since as once it's in the cover it fits easily into a satchel, shoulder bag or little backpack. It's also far more comfortable to have on your lap than a regular sized laptop - it's smaller and doesn't hang of the edges and as the main keyboard is more compact (but the keys are still the same size - I don't know how they managed it!) I find it much easier to rest my palms on the base to type. The only problem is when it comes to using a regular sized laptop or computer - you have to get used to the bigger keyboard again!
Speed and performance: Although it has become slightly slower as I've installed more programmes or saved files, the speed of this netbook is still pretty good. It starts up fairly quickly only taking a few seconds to bring up the login screen and about a minute after that it is ready to connect to the internet or to open files. Performance wise it does everything a bigger laptop might do. Sometimes it can struggle a little with certain website (such as facebook) if you have it in normal mode, but next to the web address bar is an option to view a website in compatability mode. It then will always bring up that site in compatability mode and you can view all websites as you could on a regular laptop.
It doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, but for £15 you can get an external one which will burn CDs and do anything else you need. It can be a bit cumbersome having this on a train to watch DVDs, but as the netbook is so much smaller than a normal one, it really doesn't make too much difference.
For my job, I often have to write daily reports and e-mail them straight off. The netbook has been perfect for this. It is a constant bug bear that most laptops now don't seem to come with Microsoft Office installed (I personally think it is a ruse to get you to fork out for £150s worth of software!), but the Samsung NC10 comes with Open Office already installed when you can read and write documents in Microsoft Word.
Reliability: I've had no real problems with it at all. After about a year the screen stopped working. Samsung were fantastic and arrange for a free pick up, repair and return. After the first return the problem did come back after about a day, but again Samsung came and got it for free and put in a new screen which solved the problem.
Most netbooks (at the time this was released), had basically the same specs, 1024x600 resolution, 10.something inch screen, Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, small hard drive, wireless network capability, and a reasonable battery.
The NC-10 seems to take all these specs as building blocks, rather than rules. The processor and memory may be standard, but most other things are improved. The 160GB hard drive is large for the size of the device, the wireless A/B/G networking is impressive, despite not being updated to the newer "N" spec. The 10.1" screen is a noticeable improvement over many of it's competitors, Samsung do seem to lead the way in displays (having supplied the many of the displays for Apple mobile products such as the iPhone and iPod touch).
The battery, in my experience, through heavy use (web browsing, music playing, instant messaging and the odd video clip) lasted consistently at least 8 hours. This type of use may not seem heavy, but is typical for a netbook. And for a netbook (when this was released), that was class leading performance.
The main reason I bought (or rather took out a mobile internet contract to get it free) this netbook was because I knew it had similar specifications to the PC that apple designed the bootcamp software to run OSX on an x86 processor. And as such, I was fairly confident I would be able to run a (perhaps not legal) copy of Mac OS X on it, with some help from the OSx86 community. And it passed with flying colours. I installed OSX Leopard on it within days of receiving it, and it had run like a dream ever since. I did however have to switch out the wireless card, to make things easier. But if you are wanting an osx netbook, you can either get a macbook air, or for a fraction of the price, pick up one of these and buy another wireless card.
The only two problems I've noticed with this netbook are as follows; the default OS installed is Windows XP. As with most netbooks at the time, this was standard, but it's fairly cheap to upgrade to Windows 7. Second issue is the screen. Is is a great screen, but after a while it does develop an issue, at certain angles of opening, the screen will only display white. Not too big a problem, as you can simply tilt the screen a little. It is quite annoying sometimes though.
My girlfriend and I bought the Samsung NC10 about 2 and a half years ago and in that time we have used it nearly every day. We use it in the house for browsing the internet, listing ebay items etc and we take it on holiday wherever we go.
The small size and light weight of this laptop mean it is ideal for taking away with you. Popping this in your luggage won't add to your baggage allowance in any significant way and you can even keep it in a small bag and carry it around with you during the day whilst you are away. Personally, I love having access to the internet when on holiday so I can find out all the interesting things to do where you are.
The screen is not the biggest but it is pretty sharp and if the main reason you are buying it is to surf the web, then it's more than adequate. I wouldn't suggest using it for watching films though as while I find it ok, my girlfriend tends to get sore eyes if she watches anything on it for too long.
The startup time is pretty quick, especially from hibernation and the speed of the machine in general doesn't seem to have degraded over the time we have had it. Due to the size of the Samsung NC10, the keyboard is also pretty small. Whilst this may be a bit off-putting to some people, I have had no issues with it and really find it quite easy to use even though I have pretty big hands.
Again with the battery life, the size of the NC10 is deceiving. I have found that the battery lasts for a good 6-7 hours without needing a charge, admittedly with the screen dimming towards the end to save power. The PSU is fittingly small and compact so it is no hassle to take it with you if you are going to using the machine a lot. This is just another thing that makes it the first item in my suitcase.
The operating system our NC10 came with was Windows XP and we took an optional upgrade to increase the RAM from 1GB to 2GB. I think it was worth upgrading here as the performance has been excellent but then I don't really know what it would have been like with just 1GB so it may not make a massive difference. It does only have on slot for memory so you can't add to your existing RAM, you have to replace it with a bigger module.
The only thing that I don't like is that it doesn't have a CD drive but this is only a minor gripe if, like me, you have another computer for that type of thing.
I have had no major problems with the machine but have heard of 2 common issues that may occur with this laptop. Apparently, if the power cable is in the machine and it takes a knock, then it can snap inside the machine. This is pretty difficult to fix and isn't covered by Samsung's warranty. Also, if the screen is closed too hard, then it has a tendency to crack in a certain place. This is also not covered by the warranty as both these problems are considered misuse. As I said, it hasn't happened to me but I thought it handy to be aware of. Basically, treat it like you should treat any piece of electrical equipment, with care.
So, if you are looking for a computer to play the latest games on or to do some work for your graphic design business, then this probably isn't the machine for you. If, on the other hand, you want a small, easy to use laptop for web browsing and e-mailing, this would be a great buy.
I got this item two years ago on a mobile internet contract and have used it daily for 24months and for a fair few hours a day.
To date (touch wood) it has not let me down.
The start up time for this from switched off is about 3 minutes which I was very impressed with as I have had lap tops which take ages to start up. The start up time from hibination is about 30 seconds which is even more impressive. Even after daily internet useage it has not slowed down either.
The key pad is smaller and so takes some getting used to. I nw find it odd going back to my key pad on my Viao as it seems too big. I find that I dont need to move the palms of my hands when typing when using this item apposed to the larger key pads.
I use lots of different programs with this netbook all of which work very well and very effiencently. Downloading is brilliant and quick.
Problems with this item are the screen resolution, it is not so good when watching videos and items like iPhones are better. But if you are happy to not have it HD then it is fine. It is not like you can't watch videos, they are just a bit grainy!
Also there is no CD/DVD drive and so to watch DVD from disc some shuffling round is needed to put it in a different format. But this is not such a problem as Video playing is not its best point. I was dissappointed though that I could not burn music CD to it. They needed to got o y other laptop then passed over via memory stick or Memory card.
Battery life is very good for this item, continuious internet usage will give about 5 hours of battery life, this is still after 24 months too so battery durability is very very good. REcharging the battery s pretty quick too and only in about 2 hours the battery is saying it is full and once again the 5 hours is able. I usually leave it charging over night so that it is fully fully charged.
weightwise this item is good to carry around. I took this on the Hadrian's wall long distance path when I completed it and it sat nicely in my back pack and I did not notice the minimal extra weight. The compact size of this item means you can store it away too and not really notice you have it with you.
Using this with a Dongel for mobile internet means you can have internet any where you want.
I have had my netbook for just over a year now i purchased the Netbook in black and it is sleek and brilliantly finished. It contains all the features of a laptop just in a smaller version.
The Netbook has great memory in comparison to others and the battery life is brilliant . I would get about 8 hours once fully charged which on average is much better than others . my sister has an acer netbook and she is only able to get 4 hours. Due to this, the battery which you attach is a little bigger and heavier than other netboks but it is worth it.
The memory is also great i have all my photos saved plus Itunes containing lots of downloads and there is still memory left, however i am at the point now where i need to delete some as i am finding the computer a litle slower.
The size is great i can pop it into my bag and take it anywhere which is good for work purposes. the keyboard although smaller than a normal computer is practival and easy to get used to.
There is a brilliant camera and video built in which is a great feature for using skype and talking online to family and friends.
The speakers are great i can listen to my music and also watch Films online on it the sound and picture quality is good. the screen size again in comparison to other Netbooks is good 10"
The computer also has built in bluetooth which i do have to say i have never used. it also is wireless so is easy to connect online.
all and all a great investment i would be lost without it!!
The Samsung NC10 is a fine netbook, it came out when basically every 10 inch netbook was the same, the 1GB RAM (easily upgradable), the same Atom processor and the same resolution and slightly different keyboards and battery life, although nothing significantly different.
At the time however there was an air of style and just something about it that a lot of the other netbooks just didn't have. Boot time is pretty quick and windows XP with a few adjustments runs really well. The keyboard is actually better than most other netbooks from the time but has been beaten by many of the more recent ones with an apple style keyboard. The screen size is not an issue with these netbooks as they are actually much more spacious once you get used to them, especially if you use google chrome (slightly less screen usage than IE) and set the taskbar to auto hide etc. The mouse-pad is good and very responsive however every so often the mouse does have an error and updating drivers and everything doesn't seem to have stopped this from occurring, luckily I know it is simple to get out of this by ctrl, shift, esc and closing the error message but when it happened to my sister she had to reboot as she didn't know what to do.
If you use the netbook as intended then the apparently small by today standards 80gb harddrive is actually more than spacious enough to hold all your programs and even your music collection (if it's as small as mine).
If you want something light and portable then any of the ten inch netbooks are in my opinion a great choice they are light enough to carry around all day and have a battery life to match but at the same time they also are easy to type long documents on (unlike the 9 inch models which I find too small for my chubby hands) and also easy to surf the net and quiet enough to use in large lecture halls without annoying everyone around you, well except that they might be jealous.
Overall I really like this device and feel that anyone wanting a cheap netbook with windows XP would be foolish to at least not check this product out.
Well, I'm writing this review on my NC10 right now!
I got my NC10 free on an 18 month mobile broadband contract. At the time it was the only way we could afford a laptop. There were a choice of devices available and I chose this one simply because I knew how reliable Samsung products are (we also own a Samsung Plasma TV and purchased an R10 HD Camera too). Also that the RAM can be upgraded, unlike so many other devices.
Our main priority was to be able to edit video on the move to prevent working at home. This was achieved combining the R10 and this netbook! It was a little jerky playing back high-resolution HD video, however downscaling the video would soon help!
I now mainly use the NC10 for internet browsing which is really quick and easy to use either with IE, which came installed, or Firefox.
The full size keyboard is a big plus point as is the sleek, curvy edged design and the choice of using an embedded sim for mobile broadband or wifi connection.
The battery doesn't last the longest. The most I've achieved is 90 mins when browsing the internet and using webmail.
It also came with only a 60 day trial version of MS Office, which I was unwilling to pay for, so I've installed Open Office instead. Works just as well and is totally free!
The screen is quite small, but for web browsing, media playback and social networking it's plenty big enough. Photo and video editing are a little trickier and I haven't yet been inclined to try my MMORPG of choice on here.
The 3 USB ports are handy for connecting cameras, mouse, printers, scanners etc and it also comes with a network cable port, headphone socket, mic socket and built in web cam.
Our little NC10 has averted a few disasters in the 18 months we've had it from letting someone check their email whilst away from home, getting someone home (booking flights) and even a Skype call home to Europe for someone else to sort out their money!
You could run a business or get through college with this handy little machine as it'll pretty much do what your PC can do.
I bought the Samsung NC10 in April 2009 on a whim to tide me over when my IBM T60 crashed. At the time, I had done all my research, with all conclusions pointing towards the NC10 as the gold standard netbook. Now, 1 1/2 years on, I thought I would post a review so that those looking for information on its reliability can have something to go on. Just so everone is aware, the NC10 I am reviewing comes with factory specifications, although I have added an extra GB of RAM.
General: the NC10 is small, stylish and well-constructed. There are, amongst others, 3 USB ports, a VGA port, ethernet port and 2 3.5mm jacks. The power button initially took me some time to find. Its on te right side of the netbook, on the hinge itself. I initially thought it to be a strange place for a power button, but have now gotten ued to it and think it works fine. There is no DVD drive built-in.
Battery life: this is excellent. I can go up to 8hours still witout charging. I have used it every other day for a few hours each day, and almost constantly when I am travelling. The charger is also smaller than most other laptop chargers, and consequently quite easy to carry around.
Performance: the netbook has performed much better than I thought it would. I usually have Outlook, Chrome and Word (sometimes with Windows Media Player as well) running simultaneously, and have never had a problem with lag. The model I bought came bundled with Windows XP. I upgraded it to Windows 7 when that came out, and have found performance to be even better than it was.
Screen: this is not the most dazzling display ever. However it is good enough for the functions a netbook sells itself on - word processing, emailing and browsing on the go. If you want to watch videos a lot, however, I would suggest you go with something else. It doesn't go very bright, and watching movies on the netbook spoils the experience in my opinion. Also - I am not sure how common this problem is, but my screen now does this strange thing where it goes completely white at certain viewing angles. Getting a display to actually come up takes some screen adjustment, which can be annoying as I sometimes have to settle for less-than-ideal viewing angles.
Connectivity: the NC10 has bluetooth and wireless b/g connectivity. The former works fine. The latter, however, is probably slightly dated nowadays, and is a big disadvantage if you're looking to buy this netbook new. There are noticeable differences in WiFi speeds when an b/g/n card is compared to a b/g card.
Keyboard and trackpad: the 95% of full-size keyboard was a major selling point for me. On the whole, it works really well. My only gripe in this area is that the right shift key is much smaller than expected, resulting in a lot of typos when I have hit the wrong key by mistake. I don't use the netbook constantly enough to get used to it all the time, so still find it fairly frustrating. The trackpad is tiny and unbearable to use, so I would definitely suggest a USB mouse if you can afford the space in your bag.
In summary: this does what it says on the tin and more. I woud highly recommend it, although the hardware may be getting slightly dated.
My Samsung NC10 was bought for me about 18 months ago as a surprise present so I didn't have a chance to do research before getting it.
However, I haven't been disappointed, as it has been really, really great!
Yes, it is a netbook in its truest form; not masses of RAM or memory but it does what it says on the tin, and does it well.
Good points: I love the keyboard and mouse, the keyboard is small, but I touch type and use this keyboard after using a normal keyboard at work all day and adjust with no problems. The scroller functionality (at the side of the mouse pad) is a bit dicky, it seems to not catch easily, but when it does it whizzes down the page far too quickly! I also use this when pressing control to adjust the screen resolution so it being dicky is a bit of a pain, especially when I seem to be adjusting the screen resolution more often than I would on a larger machine to make the most of the NC10's small screen.
I have quite a lot of music and a few films on my machine, as well as tons of photos, and it's not showing signs of filling up the memory anytime soon!
I have the sleeping bag (this probably isn't the technical term) that the machine comes with, which isn't very protective at all, but a friend has a padded affair which she's actually dropped on the pavement and the laptop came out unhurt!
There's no CD drive in the machine, but I've got to say that I really haven't missed this at all.
In terms of speed; programs, photos, music etc do load up quickly and are reliable when playing. I don't find the computer needs much time to think about processes and happily, rarely see the egg timer instead of a cursor!
Not so good points: I would say the machine possibly isn't as light as it could be, but it certainly isn't heavy and the weight doesn't dissuade me from taking it away with me. A bit of a random criticism but I would say the power cable is probably too long and feels bulky for such a little machine.
One major criticism would be that even though it is a netbook (read: main purpose is to go on't internet), I need to have an inconvenient dongle stuck in the side of the machine to get online. I would have thought a bit of extra engineering so that you could just whip a sim card into a special slot, and bang, you're connected to the internet, would have been far preferable.
I think the battery life could be greatly improved, but having said that aforementioned friend's lasts for about 10 hours, so maybe I've done something to mine / got a raw deal. Mine seems to last for about 1.5 hours tops, and it seems to only give me one pop up to say 'quick charge' me before dying about two minutes later, which is a real pain especially seeing as the power cable seems to always be in a different room to me (not the computer's fault!)
All in all, I would recommend the NC10. If my battery life was longer, I'd happily take it with me on all train journeys to work or watch a film, sounds trivial, but the power cable means sometimes I leave the whole caboodle at home.
Just one last point, sometimes when I hibernate my machine and then switch it back on again, all the programs I have/had open don't respond and I usually end up shutting it down and starting it back up again. It's not a massive deal as shutting down and starting back up take very little time to do, it's just a bit of a pain when I forget.
Thanks for reading!
The Internet has, over the years become an addiction of mine and is the one thing nowadays that I would hate to be without. I have been on line for over 10 years and in my time have worked my through a number of home PC's each one more powerful and responsive than the last and just as technology advances so the on line experience becomes more prevalent in my day to day normal life. I bank on line, pay bills on line and am a member of various websites such as dooyoo and ciao along with fan sites for my favourite television programmes and celebrities. Shopping on line was a revelation to me when I first discovered it and over the years have made many purchases whilst sat at home, Christmas shopping on line means I am not faced with the hustle and bustle of crowded shopping centres and the fluster and hassle which comes with it and overall I fully acknowledge that the Internet has revolutionised my life and to me has been the greatest 'invention' of the 20th Century.
In 2008 when my wife and I bought a static caravan as somewhere to escape the stresses that were surrounding us one of my concerns was that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the things I did on line. Paying bills on line and checking our bank accounts is something I do on a regular basis so I wanted to be able to continue doing this when we were away from home so looked at the different options that would enable me to stay connected when I would not have access to either broadband or my desktop PC.
After a disastrous encounter with a handheld web-browser (The ineffective 'Pocket Surfer' from Datawind) I looked into buying a laptop. Budget restraints and a complete lack of knowledge in this area put me off taking the plunge into buying one outright but a compromise was suggested to me which would offer me a solution to getting on line whilst away from home; a netbook.
Why this Netbook
I was already a Vodafone customer for my mobile phone when on the off-chance I called into one of their stores to ask about the offers they had on Netbooks. Back in August 2008 the NC10 was the new kid on the block as far as Netbooks were concerned and as I was able to obtain one on a contract with Vodafone which essentially meant I was paying for the device at the same time as a monthly usage allowance I signed on the dotted line and ended up the proud owner of a brand new Samsung Netbook.
2 years on and the NC10 is used on a daily basis and is as quick today as it was the first time I switched it on. Although I wouldn't consider myself to be a technophobe I am not technically minded so this review will concentrate on my thoughts on the device as a whole and my opinion on how it operates and performs its intended purpose - getting me on line - rather than being a long list of specs and technical jargon.
What you can expect to receive for your money
First things first then and how it looks. Out of the box the Netbook is essentially a smaller version of any laptop that you could want to buy, mine is black in colour with a glossy piano-black lid and 'compact' would be a good description of it. Its screen measures in at 10.2 inches on its diagonal and the keyboard well set out and instinctively easy to use. It is apparently 93% the size of a standard keyboard and I have no problems in being able to type on it (although I do tend to use the backspace key quite a lot more than I do on a regular keyboard) The keys themselves have just the right amount of 'bounce' when depressed so that you dont have to bang them in to allow you to type but would also be gentle enough for any touch typists to use easily enough.
The function keys are set above the numerical 1-10 keys and the mousepad sits beneath the space bar which does take some time in getting used to if, like me, you are used to using a traditional mouse. There are 2 USB slots on the left hand side of the keyboard which allows you to attach a wired mouse (which I use) or any other additional items (printer etc) and a slot to allow an ethernet cable if you want to hook it up to a wired modem. On the right hand side of the keyboard are ports for headphones and a microphone if desired and a third USB slot as well as the on/off button.
There is a webcam built into the Netbook which is set just above the screen and the software is pre-installed onto the device to allow you to use it whenever you desire and the picture clarity is good so long as there is enough light around you. I dont personally use the webcam but its a handy thing to have if you use any of the social networking sites and its inclusion on the Netbook is an added extra so nothing to grumble about really.
There is only 1 major difference between a contract NC10 (which mine is) and one that is a outright purchase from an electrical retailler and that is the amount of batteries which are included. Mine has only 4 batteries rather than the 6 which come as standard on the retail version so this means that instead of the 7.5 hour battery life you can expect to recieve if you buy this outright I only get around 3-4 hours of useage before I have to plug the Netbook back into the mains to recharge. This is the only area where the two devices differ so it may be worth checking which you are likely to recieve if you buy this as the amount of time you will be able to use the device between charges is obviously dependant on how many batteries you actually have.
In reality and when I am at our caravan I tend to leave the Netbook plugged into the mains anyway as the screen tends to be quite dim when on battery-saving mode and I prefer a brighter screen to type on. If I had any complaints or niggles about the NC10 then the brightness of the screen would be the only area that I would have any concerns about as sometimes it is quite difficult to actually see what is infront of you. By keeping it plugged in solves this issue for me but I thought it a concern worth mentioning.
To go all techy for a moment, the NC10 has 1GB of memory installed along with a 1.6GHz processor and its memory can be increased by an additional 2GB if so desired as there is a single slot available to allow the upgrade. This is something that I havent needed to do as I am quite happy in using mine just to get me online to the sites that I use on a daily basis so it isnt used as a storage device for music tracks or photographs although it could be used for this if desired. It has a standard hard drive of 160GB and includes a SD slot which supports MMC and SDHC cards as well as SD ones. All of this doesnt really make *that* much sense to me but thought it approprtiate to mention to the more savvy reader so that they know what to expect memory and processing wise as this is obviously an important factor in making a purchasing decision.
My Netbook has Windows XP as its installed operating system and I have experienced no problems with it whatsoever, connecting to the internet is simple as no dongles or exterior modems are required as the Vodafone simcard acts as an internal modem which picks up on any 3G or GPRS signals which are around and depending on the strength of the signal will determine how reliable it is for holding its connection. This, of course, is dependant where you are in the UK and which network provider you are with so not really a feature of the device itself. I am with Vodafone as already mentioned and my NC10 picks up and holds its signal remarkably well although nowhere near as reliable or as quick as my broadband at home however it would be unreasonable of me to expect this anyway.
I had no unreasonable expectations from my Netbook, I simply wanted something which would get me online and this fulfills that requirement for me. I have never owned a laptop or used one all that much so cant compare or discuss the differences between the two, I would imagine that the NC10 does not have the internal memory or the hard drive capabilities of a traditional laptop but I wouldnt expect it to for the price it costs to purchase and for what it is intended for. It weighs around 1.5 kgs without its batteries, is incredibly portable and has been a reliable item which has never let me down.
I am a self confessed internet addict and the NC10 has allowed me to stay online whilst away from home and has allowed me to continue with my online presence. 2 years of extensive usage later should give an indication of the quality of this device and it comes wholeheartedly recommended by me. As with all technology advancements are always being made but the Samsung NC10 is still available to buy, Amazon offer this for sale from £299.99 which is certainly cheaper than a regular laptop and if you are looking for something which gets you online then this is something to consider.
My rating of 5 stars adds another perfect score to the others that have already been given. You cant really go wrong with the NC10 in my opinion and it is highly recommended by me.
Thanks for reading my review.
After owning a Dell Studio 15 (never again!) I found that it was too heavy to carry around on a daily basis along with all my other bags & marking (as a teacher). It was this reason that I started looking at netbooks and read up on reviews. The NC10 was one of the ones that stood out and I went to see it at a local store.
One of the main reasons I chose this over any other netbooks was the fullsized keys, larger hardrive and longlife battery as well as being 10" rather than 8".
The trackpad is also easy to use and although I bought a Logitech VX Nano I now use this on my main PC and am happy with just the trackpad for Office programme based work.
Since I have had the netbook I've found it works quickly, stores more than enough work and is light enough to carry around for long periods and without the need to have the charger with you to keep it alive.
I did encounter one problem where the battery stopped charging, this was after 11 months. Samsung customer care was brilliant and they collected and repaired it within a few days and due to this fact alone I now have bought many more Samsung products.
Programmes that I have run on NC10: Office 2003, Adobe Photoshop.
I've suggested this to many people who have been looking for a laptop/netbook and they have also been very happy with it. Well Done Samsung!
I bought 3 of these for various family members just over a year ago and we all have been very impressed. There are newer more expensive models out there but they dont add a lot over this one. It has everything I need: very portable, nice HDD size (160gb), built in wireless, bluetooth connectivity to my phone and if I treat the battery right then it lasts around 5 hours.
You have a choice of four colours - all black, blue with a black keyboard, all white and pink. The pink is the same as the white except the lid is pink. This was apparently done as a limited edition valentines day edition in 2009 so is a little hard to find these days.
You will find all your sockets around the sides of the laptop: left has 2 usbs slots, a network port and slot for the power cable. The right side has the power button, vga socket, another usb socket and a point each for headphones and microphone. The front of the laptop just has the power lights and on the underside the speakers. This can mean that when you have the laptop on your lap you muffle the speakers a bit. They are not overloud either so for me this is the biggest downside although you should not let that put you off. You will find something called 'Enhanced Sound' in the system tray that allows you to increase the volume....however it does it at the expense of sound quality and to be honest music and films really do sound dreadful when you have it turned on.
The back of the laptop houses the battery - be very careful when you purchase one of these as they come with different batteries and not all companies tell you which battery it comes with. I bought my laptop for £280 from Amazon last year and thought I could save £30 by buying one for my dad from another site. Little did I realise that while mine came with a 5hr battery the one I bought for my dad only lasted 1hr30. It is about £60 to buy the 5hr battery so it's not a cheap mistake to make! The longer lasting battery does make the netbook heavier than other brands but it is not enough to make it a problem.
On the underside you can slot in the memory. The cover is a nightmare to get off and it feels like you are going to break it but eventually it will come away to reveal the 1gb memory card. I found that this was not good enough as the laptops performance when I tried to multitask was sluggish. I spent £25 to buy a 2gb card and have been very happy with it.
Opening up the laptop you will notice that the keyboard is much larger than standard notebooks. I am told it is 90% of the size of a standard keyboard and I do find it easy to type on. I especially love the pg up and pg dn buttons in the bottom right next to the cursor keys. You soon get used to them being there and will wonder why every keyboard is not like that!
There is no mouse joystick in the centre of the keyboard rather you have a mouse pad with a scroll bar going up and down the right hand side of it. While this may be a good idea, in practice I find it irritating. I will often send the page scrolling rapidly out of control when I accidentally brush against it.
The screen is of good quality - perfect for watching films if you don't mind the small screen but it is a touch small for using with excel. You find you cant get many cells on the page at any one time so you spend all your time scrolling left and right and up and down (I suppose this is going to be the same with any 10 inch netbook though)
Just above the screen you will find the webcam. This is of decent quality although the colours are not the sharpest. Where it does fall down though is with the sound. I have used 3 of these netbooks and every one is the same. The other person can hear you just fine but then without warning they will not be able to hear you for around 30 seconds. They start to hear you again and then 5 minutes later the sound goes again.
This comes with Windows XP home edition which I was very happy with as it is the operating system I am most familiar with. The samsung software that comes with it is good, although I have no idea what all the updates they give me are - seems to download lots of updates to the network card without making a blind bit of difference! You will find all kinds of goodies in the Samsung windows shortcut: a battery manager that allows you to configure the battery for performance or for long life time,. a recovery tool, network manager etc etc. It's best to have a play around with these at the start, set your laptop up as you want it and then leave it alone
I am absolutely delighted with my Nc10 and cannot sing its praises enought. I take it everywhere with me and it has never let me down. I have not had one system crash in all the time I have owned it and despite some bashing around in suitcases and on the floor of my car it still looks as good as new.
When my old dinosaur of a desk top computer finally gave up the ghost I was secretly pleased as it meant that I could treat myself to a nice new shiny laptop.
Having a browse round the shops nothing really caught my eye and they all looked a bit intimidating to be honest. Computers have never really been my thing and all I really use them for is the internet, facebook, photos and music so I wasn't sure that I really needed 4gb RAM and a 360GB Hard drive. That's when I really starting looking into buying a netbook instead. The idea of being able to sit on the couch and have it on my knee really appealed to me.
I finally decided on the Samsung Nc10 in pink after reading countless reviews as most people seemed positive about it and the colour looked gorgeous. I think i paid around £250 for it which I didn't think was too bad a price to pay.
When it arrived and I unboxed it I was absolutely thrilled to bits with how it looked, the pictures really didn't do it justice. It is a softer metallic pink instead of some of the hot pink ones I had seen. Much more my colour.
It is really small and light and has a ten inch screen so is perfect for those who are looking for mobility.
I had to attach the battery to the laptop then set it up by configuring the setting which was simple as the NC10 guided me through the whole process.
I had got wireless internet installed especially for my new purchase and the NC10 found my connection and connected with no problems so I was now all set up. It was quite a thrill for me to be able to sit in any room of the house and access the internet.
I had read a lot about needing to upgrade the memory to 2gb but I find the 1gb is more than adequate for my needs and it actually performs better than my old desk top. Web are displayed really nicely and fit well on the 10 screen.
I have now even started to download some movies to watch in bed and these also look great on the screen, really crisp and clear.
I have downloaded Microsoft office for work and it runs perfect and the only thing that I seem to have a problem with is iplayer. When I try to play a video with it, it starts and stops so I don't think there is enough juice in the NC10 for it.
Youtube works much better but there does seem to be a noticeable lag and sometimes the videos take absolutely ages to load.
I thought I might have had trouble with trying to type on the keyboard but I really haven't noticed much of a difference and the keyboard is nearly full size anyway. The only difference is that there are no number keys on the right hand side and a few of the buttons are slightly placed differently.
The track pad is another matter though and can be really annoying and unresponsive at times so I really recommend buying an external mouse.
The battery life is fantastic and can last a good 5 or so hours on full performance before needing a recharge.
The NC10 runs windows XP which took a little bit of getting used to but i love it now and it is so much more user friendly and less complicated than other editions.
Another thing the NC10 has is that it is supposed to remain bacteria free as Samsung have added nano technology whatever that is so it remains free of germs. This is probably a good thing as the keyboard does seem to get dirty very easily.
For me and my needs I have been very happy with my NC10 but I think for anyone wanting to do more than just surf the web and use some media applications then it will probably not be powerful enough and they will need to invest in a proper laptop.
This is possibly one of the best buys I have ever made, I bought it to surf the internet and write essays around the house but it has ended up replacing my main computer, the only tasks it can't handle are high end gaming! The battery life is brilliant, the keyboard is almost full size and easy to use, it has all the ports you need, the RAM is easily and cheaply upgradable to 2GB (which I would highly advise) and you can now buy kits for around £60 to turn the screen into a touch screen, what more could you want! It is small enough to fit in a schoolbag or work bag, around the size of a large book, and only weighs a little over a kilo, which makes all the difference even if you are just using it around the house, wherever I go, my NC10 goes! It is surprisingly fast and very reliable and as I said, that combined with the great battery life means you will have a great laptop you can rely on in any situation.
I've had my Samsung NC10 for just over a year now, having treated myself to a present as my wife had ruled out a laptop for the main household PC (as she claims she can't type on a laptop keyboard). Guess who now uses it more than half the time? Around the house and even in the garden it's great to be able to have a small and very portable PC that boots up very quickly - I have managed to avoid putting on too much processor hungry software - to look at items on the internet and check email. It's also so portable that it can be easily taken away on holiday and we've done this - for those of us who run our own businesses and can't afford to be out of contact these days when customers expect an immediate response and may go elsewhere if they don't get it - it's a godsend - so much easier to check and respond to emails rather than relying on an iPhone or Blackberry. I went for the white NC10 as it was to my eye more pleasing - still happy with the choice - it's not got dirty or yellowed.