|Screen Size||10.1 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Max Screen Resolution||1024 x 600 pixels|
|Processor||1.6 GHz Atom N270|
|RAM||1 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||160 GB|
|Card Description||Graphics Media Accelerator 950|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||128 MB|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||9.5 hours|
Samsung N110-12PBK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - 6 Cell Battery (9.5 Hours)
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Staying connected 24/7. It's what matters to you. That's why Samsung introduced the new N110 mini notebook. Weighing a mere 2.8 pounds, it's designed to keep you online and on the go. Experience the freedom to surf the Web, shop and chat on IM with the very latest wireless technology. Zip through your online applications with the speedy Intel Atom processor. Store all your favorite videos, music, images and more with 160GB of storage, and enjoy them on a SuperBright 10.2-inch LCD. A larger touch pad area, using the touch pad is now easier and more comfortable. And with up to 9.5 hours of battery life, the N110 brings you all kinds of staying power.
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Significant expert information resources I relied on: laptop magazine, cnet, Samsung, Dell, Hp, Asus. And of course, user reviews.
Hands on pre-purchase decision: With this model, I had none prior to purchase through Amazon. I checked out various competitor models at a couple of Big Box stores, but wasn't sold on any of them, even though the prices were lower. As with a couple of other unrelated purchases, the reviews for them seemed to match what I saw, so I assumed that the reviews for this unit that I hadn't seen must be reasonably accurate, and even more so for the performance test results.
So what have I found out since ordering and using the N110: The short answer is laptop magazine's glowing review and resulting Editor Choice designation is right on.
My own impressions in no particular order:
Internet access: outstanding through a wireless connection or with an ethernet connection.
Screen viewing: Outdoors - it is difficult to read the screen due to the screen's reflections. Indoors - rich and vibrant colors.
Screen images: No problems whatsoever when watching video content from sites such as youtube, mlb, abc. Text based sites such as NyTimes, Washington Post - crisp and legible.
Touch pad: Now past the learning curve, I like it. I am quite familiar with two button pads, and I like the rocker style.
Keyboard: Bigger is better. But you knew that already.
Battery life: I haven't stretch tested it, but 4.5 hours of use left it with around a 50% charge. So claims of it lasting up to 9.5 hours use per charge seem not to be a stretch . At least for the way, I'm using it. This is of course not the same result as the battery drain tests with results of around 7 plus hours.
Fan Noise and Heat: No issues noticed.
Overall system performance: The N110 has handled everything I've thrown at it, but I am not throwing heavy duty computionational tasks like simulations, video decoding or graphic intensive games, nor do I ever expect to on this machine. I am currently running it with the standard 1 gb memory, and although I ordered a memory upgrade at the same time as the N110, I haven't seen a need for the extra memory, yet. On the negative side, if you are planning on using this machine often outdoors in bright light, you will more than likely end up being unhappy with this machine. Otherwise, I think laptop magazine got it right: it is a near perfect netbook.
Another subtle point is that the Samsung has a superior touch pad design. The Asus defines the touch pad area by using raised bumps and I found it difficult to determine where the scrolling edges were. I prefer Samsung's pad which is defined by a recessed outline that I can run my finger along, although it probably could have been recessed a bit more in my opinion. I did like the multi-finger zoom capability of the Asus touch pad, but since I do not own it I can't comment on how useful it would be over time.
I only gave the N110 4/5 stars since it came with a dead pixel (my more refined rating would be 4-1/2 stars if allowed). I figure that if Samsung can manufacture LCD televisions with screen sizes of about 60" without any pixel problems, they sure should be able to make these little 10" screens without bad pixels. Because the pixel is in the far upper left corner of the screen, and because it is not a hot pixel which would be much more distracting, I decided to live with it. Otherwise, the screen is pretty good - good left to right viewing, but lesser so with up and down viewing. The Asus has a similarly good screen, but in both cases they are glossy and I am of the camp that prefers matte screens.
A general note for most of these netbooks with limited screen resolutions of 1024x600 pixels is that some software will not work properly. Unfortunately, I did not find reviews that mentioned this before I purchased my netbook. One use for my netbook is mild photographic editing away from home, but I could not calibrate the screen with the Spyder2Pro since the software overshot the screen and I could not move it to get to the program advancement arrows. Also, I could not run Canon's Digital Photo Professional 3.6.1 as an error message would state that the program will not run for screen sizes less than 1024x768. Finally, some internet pages will not reduce to the small screen resolution and require scrolls along the edges. Higher resolution screens will probably be included with future netbooks.
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