Price: Approximately £220
Size: 10.1 inches
Weight: 1.25 kg
Battery Life: Up to 6 Hours
Processor Speed: 1.6 GHz
Hard Drive: 160 GB
RAM: 1GB DDR2
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We’re big fans of the Samsung range of netbooks, as the Samsung NC10 and its follow-up, the Samsung N110, truly define what a netbook could and should be. So, can this latest version, the Samsung N130, really live up to expectations? Check out our review of the Samsung N130 and find out for yourself…
The first thing you notice about the Samsung N130 is that is has a more rounded design than previous models, so you won’t find any sharp edges just a smooth edge that feels good to the touch. This styling isn’t only on the outer case but also on the inside.
This styling makes the Samsung N130 feel solid to the touch and while we don’t think it as robust as the Samsung N140, for example, it’s a good value offering.
There isn’t a great deal that’s unique about the Samsung N130. It uses the now standard 10.1-inch screen with a clear 1024 x 600-pixel display. Samsung has used a matt finish to the screen, which helps keep the price down and reduces glare when using it out and about. However, we did find that it had a reduced brightness range compared to other netbooks.
The screen size allows for a typical 93 per cent full-size keyboard that we found a pleasure to use. Sure, it takes a little getting accustomed to but the keys have a good degree of travel and the overall quality is high.
When it comes to spec, you’ll find the standard Intel Atom N270 in place, along with 1024MB of memory and 160GB hard drive. Three USB ports, VGA-out, Ethernet and SD memory card reader make up the connections on the sides.
You won’t find Bluetooth onboard but Wi-Fi is present. Samsung is pitching this device as an entry-level model, so it’s a cheaper netbook than other Samsung’s in the range.
When it comes to battery life, we found the Samsung N130 could muster just over four hours, which is less than we expect from a high-end netbook but for this budget offering, it’s more than acceptable.
- Product Description: Samsung N130 Intel ATOM Processor N270
- Screen: LCD 10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600), Non-Gloss, LED Back Light
- CPU: Intel ATOM Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz, 512KB)
- Chipset: Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
- Graphics: Intel® GMA 950
- OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Memory: 1GB DDR2
- Storage: 160GB (5,400rpm SATA)
- Webcam: Integrated web camera
- LAN: 10/100Mbps LAN
- Wireless: 802.11bg/n*
- I/O Ports: USB2.0 x 3, Ethernet LAN, Internal Mic
- Battery: 6 cells Li-ion Battery Standard
- Dimensions: 263.8mm x 185.5mm x 28.5mm
- Weight: 1.25kg
- Battery Life: up to 6 hours battery life
- Colors: White, Black, Pink
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