Samsung N210 a Netbook with a Classic Flair

Samsung N210 is neither the most flamboyant or glitzy netbook around. It doesn’t offer the most jazzed up computing features either. What it does provide is a classy but sturdy aesthetic to its design with its matte-finish 10.1” non-reflective display. Available in black in white, this elegant piece of delight is just right for those who are not confused about what they want with their netbooks.

Features

• 10.1-Inch 1024 x 600 Display (Non Glossy / matte)

• Intel Atom N450 / 1.66 GHz CPU
• 250 GB SATA Hard Drive
• Intel GMA 3150 Graphics
• 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM – 800 MHz (Upgradeable to 2GB)
• 3 in 1 Card Reader
• 0.3 Megapixel Webcam
• Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
• 802.11b/g/n/ Wi-Fi, Ethernet
• 2.5 x1.6-in Multi-touch Touchpad
• 3x USB 2.0
• 11.2 Hour Battery Life
• 26.5 cm x 18.9 cm x 2.9 cm, 1.34 kg
• Dual boot between Windows 7 Starter Edition (32-Bit) and Linux based OS
• 2.82 lbs or 1.72 kg

Samsung N210 is powered by 1.66 GHz Intel Atom CPU. Although this one is not exactly a leap to the moon in terms of computing, the CPU exhausts less battery. This gives users almost 11.2 hours of battery life; something that a person with an active lifestyle would definitely need. It does offer a modest capacity to perform multi-tasking such as working with a publishing tool simultaneously with an e-mail client.

At first glance, the Samsung N210 seems to be Spartan in its design. But looking closely, the textured little squares in a white background give texture and offer a novel surprise. Like other glossy surfaces, it does attract sticky fingerprints. But because it’s a smooth gloss finish, the smudges are a bit lessened compared to those with a full gloss finish. A chrome rim runs at the edge of the laptop lip–something that breaks the monotony of white plastic giving the N210 a clean professional look.

What really might be the killer for N210 is its TFT matte-finish non-reflective screen. Breaking from the mold of laptops today, Samsung elected to use a non-reflective surface for N210. This is an endearing feature for those who prefer to work outdoors or are constantly working under bright lights. It also boasts of a wider viewing angle. This is perfect for sharing the display with someone else and a sure letdown for those who enjoy their privacy while working.

The new keyboard that makes full use of the laptop’s expanse still has the springy feel. The wider space between the keys is perfect for less typos for those with big hands. Although, the right hand smaller keys will certainly take time to get used to.

The 2.5 x1.6-inch touchpad allows more control over the mouse. However, the mouse bar feels a little constrained for those with big hands. Inevitably, as in the case of most netbooks, you will find yourself more comfortable in using an external mouse.

Another captivating feature of the N210 is its dual-boot option. Not a fan of Windows and its security flaws? The Samsung N210 comes out-of-the-box with HyperSpace, a Linux derivative platform, aside from the pre-installed Windows 7 Starter Edition. Boot-up in HyperSpace and you won’t have to go through the hassle of installing apps for your Internet needs. Samsung also announced that it ships with a trial version of Failsafe, a program that lets you keep track of your computer should it be lost. It also lets you manage security features such as encrypting, managing and retrieving files.

Bottom Line

Available at Best Buy, Samsung N210 sells for $379.99. Still a bit pricey compared to Acer, Asus and HP netbooks which sell almost $30 cheaper than the N210.

With the elusive non-reflective display and the competitive battery life however, N210 redeems itself. Also the killer option to dual-boot to HyperSafe, a Linux platform, will level up your computer security if you frequent unsecure hotspots. Something you wouldn’t need to think about since it already comes pre-installed with Samsung N210.

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