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Price: Approximately £300
Size: 10.1 inches
Weight: 1.23 kg
Battery Life: over 5 Hours
Processor Speed: 1.6 GHz
Hard Drive: 160 GB
RAM: 1GB DDR2
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The Samsung N310 small laptop has been designed by award winning designer Nato Fukasawa to have a smooth and rounded design like that of a pebble and in many respects he’s done exactly that. You won’t find any edges to the N310, which goes completely against the design laid out in the previous Samsung NC10.
It’s not only the shape that’s different, for as soon as you open the lid you’ll find the netbook has a two-tone effect- our review unit having a blue outer shell with a black liner.
The 10.1-inch screen has a frameless design and looks amazing. It has a native resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels but a neat Samsung app allows you to change it on the fly to 1024 x 768 pixels – perfect for watching movies in 16:9 aspect ratio.
The keyboard has been given an overhaul as well as uses Samsung’s latest design, as seen on the likes of the Samsung X360 laptop, where the keys are forced through the body of the device. This helps add space and rigidity to the keys. It’s an amazing keyboard for the size, which is almost full-size, and incredibly easy to use.
When it comes to specification, you’ll find the N310 small laptop is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from a netbook. So you’ll find Windows XP ticking away quite nicely on the Intel Atom N270 processor. There is a single SODIMM of memory that Samsung has made easily accessible so can easily be upgraded to 2GB at some later date. The 160GB hard drive is also standard of this type of machine.
Extra features come in the form of 802.11n wireless LAN, while Bluetooth also makes a welcome appearance. There are the now customary three USB ports, as well as VGA-out and Ethernet, the latter of which has a protective cover as if suggesting you won’t use it that much.
- Product Description: Samsung N310 Intel Atom N280 Processor 1.6 GHZ 10.1″
- Screen: 10.1″ LED WSVGA Gloss
- CPU: Intel ATOM Processor N280 (1.66GHz, 667MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache)
- Chipset: Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
- Graphics: Intel® GMA 950
- OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Memory: 1GB DDR2
- Storage: 160GB (5,400rpm SATA)
- Webcam: 1.3 Mega pixels web camera
- LAN: 10/100Mbps LAN
- Wireless: 802.11bg/n*
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
- I/O Ports: USB2.0 x 3, Ethernet LAN, Internal Mic
- Battery: 6 cells Li-ion Battery Standard
- Dimensions: 262.0mm x 184.5mm x 28.0mm
- Weight: 1.23kg
- Battery Life: over 5 hours battery life
- Colors: Black, Orange, Blue, Mint Blue
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