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Samsung N110 review

Alan Lu
22 Jun 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
350
inc VAT

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Specifications

10.1 in 1,024x600 display, 1.3kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

Samsung's N110, like the N120, is a successor to the company's NC10, the winner of our last netbook round-up.

This model is very similar to the N120, but has a slightly smaller keyboard and stereo speakers instead of a 2.1 set. Although not quite as stylish as the N310, the N110 still looks great thanks to its glossy black lid and red trim. It's not available in white like the N120 and NC20, though.

The keys aren't as large as those on the N120 and don't give quite as much feedback, but they're still large and responsive enough for comfortable touch-typing. A standard layout is used, but the tab and cursor keys are a little small. The touchpad is accurate and reasonably large, although the pivoting button is a little small and feels slightly spongy.

Unsurprisingly, the 10in glossy widescreen display looks almost identical to the screens on Samsung's two other 10in netbooks here. Although it's not as dark as the IdeaPad's screen, it looks a little gloomy next to the startlingly bright displays on Acer's Aspire One D250 and Mesh's Neo.

The N110's stereo speakers are reasonably loud, but sound very muddy. Although the N120's 2.1 speakers sound clearer and better balanced, they aren't as loud and still have weak bass so their absence from the N110 isn't a huge loss. A good pair of headphones is essential for enjoying music and video for any extended amount of time.

We were hugely impressed with the N110's extraordinary battery life; it lasted nearly nine- and-a-half hours in our light-usage battery test. This is not only the longest time in this test, but also one of the longest times for any portable computer we've ever seen. It's long enough to last a transatlantic flight with time to spare. The rest of the N110's specification is in line with what we'd expect from a netbook at this price, although the memory card reader supports only SDHC and MMC cards.

Samsung's N110 might seem expensive, but the nine-hour battery life means it's a brilliant choice if you travel a lot.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Memory1.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free1
Maximum memory2GB
Size37x262x184mm
Weight1.3kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle14W
Power consumption active18W

Display

Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,024x600
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory128MB

Storage

Total storage capacity160GB
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slotsnone
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC
Other portsnone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseYes
Operating systemWindows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore optionrestore partition, restore disc
Software includednone
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£350
Detailswww.samsung.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.pcworld.co.uk

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