With the popularity of netbook computers on the rise, Samsung has thrown its hat into the ring with the 10-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel, Samsung NC10. This sleek machine offers improved usability over other models and is a more comfortable design to help users transition to a smaller PC model.
Samsung NC10 Technical Specification
In terms of physical design, the full dimensions of the Samsung NC10 are 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches and it weighs less than 3 pounds. The netbook is commended for its keyboard, which is larger in size than most comparable netbook models and measures to 93% the size of a standard model. However, the larger keyboard does mean a somewhat smaller touchpad compared to other netbooks. Still, the touchpad has a responsive mouse click button and room for a dedicated scroll bar. Of course, a regular USB mouse can always be added in one of the netbook’s three USB ports. There is also a three-in-one memory card reader slot, audio input and output jacks, a VGA port, an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam and microphone, and, naturally, an Ethernet jack. Finally, the Samsung NC10’s sleek, professional casing design is available in either glossy white or navy blue.
Internally, the Samsung NC10 operates on a 1.6GHZ Intel Atom processor. It also has 1GB of RAM and a 120GB, 5,400 rpm hard drive, which has the option of upgrading to a 160GB model. Additionally, like many other netbooks, the Samsung NC10 runs on the Windows XP operating system. It also has a six-cell battery with a lifespan of 6+ hours. Sound quality on the netbook is also pretty remarkable for the small size, and reviewers note the Samsung NC10 has a loud, crisp, balanced audio output. However, this netbook, like many others, has only limited graphics capabilities. It operates with an integrated Intel 945GSE chip that uses 64MB of shared memory. While this is not enough to play intense 3-D games, the Samsung NC10 can provide quality video viewing. Finally, like all major netbooks, the Samsung NC10 has a 802.11b/g Wi-Fi card that provides a strong web connection.
The NC10 is one of the best Netbooks on the Market
Currently, the Samsung NC10’s top competitors are the Asus Eee PC 1000H, MSI Wind, and Lenovo Ideapad S10. However, many critics seem to see the Samsung model as the top choice for most users. It has a more comfortable keyboard, longer battery life, and stronger sound output than many other netbooks. Plus, it is available at quite a reasonable price, with the average cost being under $500.