Summary: Samsung's N210 is an excellent netbook and sits right up there with the best of them. With a great feature set, excellent battery life and just good all round, well thought out design this is the netbook for anybody that needs one, the only things I could find to grumble about were so small to hardly be worth mentioning so I have no hesitation in suggesting this to family and friends and likewise no hestitation in awarding the N210 with both our editors choice and best...
Pros: Snappy to use Great feature set for a netbook Long 10hr battery life (in use)
Conclusion: We were quite fond of the Samsung N210 and were impressed with its performance and features. There’s plenty that puts this netbook ahead of most of its competition but it’s not quite the best – mainly due to its slightly high price. Don’t get us wrong, though; this is still a good value bit of kit, it’s just that if it was £30-£40 cheaper, it would be an excellent value piece of kit. Watch out for a price drop soon…………….
Samsung N230 review and comparison with N210 and N220
18 August 2010
Excerpt: I haven’t had the chance to play with many Samsung netbooks lately, mainly because most of them aren’t available in stores in my country. They are not that popular in the States from pretty much the same reason and it seems Samsung decided to focus on the Western European market, where they bring their latest products. As a result, in Germany, France or UK, Samsung mini laptops dominate best-sellers lists.
Excerpt: By now, if you’re buying a netbook, you know what you’re getting: All the models of a given generation are the same on the inside. So with the internals out of the decision tree, how do you choose which of dozens of near-identical netbooks is worthy of your purchase? Sure, the old standby differentiator of battery life still applies. But how about aesthetics? Can you actually choose a netbook based on design? We think so.
Pros: Great design; bright screen; good touch pad.
Cons: Bloated Win7 Starter install; no Bluetooth; middling battery life.
Conclusion: All-in-all, I think the Samsung N210 is a great little netbook. It's packed with features and offers excellent battery life. And according to Samsaung, it's ultra-stylish design offers a unique and sophisticated crystal finish, while its refined, distinctive pattern enhances its uncommonly cool appearance. Well, it sounds great but I think they're trying to follow Asus and Sony with its styling.
Summary: We found it difficult to get excited by a netbook that barely matches earlier models in performance and feels cheaper in overall build quality to boot. It looks more plasticky than a Samsung NC10 or N110, has discernibly no more performance than them (in part, to be fair, because itâ€™s slowed down by Microsoftâ€™s newer OS), and we measured no leap forward in battery life than the Samsung N140 we last tested. It also weighs over 100g more than an N140.
Summary: The Samsung N210 features an attractive design, a decent touchpad and good, but not great battery life. While I’m not a huge fan of the keyboard, I did find the laptop to be about as snappy and responsive as any Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail-based netbook I’ve used.
The only real problem I see is that at $379, the Samsung N210 is a little pricey. Acer, Asus, MSI, and other netbook makers are offering models with nearly identical specifications for as much as $50 cheaper.
Summary: The Samsung N210 offers solid overall performance, close to 7 hours of battery life, and an attractive design. We also like the matte screen and loud speakers. However, this machine faces stiff competition from the ASUS Eee PC 1001P, which costs $80 less and lasts nearly 90 minutes longer on a charge. And the $399 Toshiba mini NB305 offers a better touchpad/mouse button combo and longer endurance for not much more money. The N210 is good, but it's not the best.
Pros: Attractive multi-layered finish, Excellent keyboard, Matte display usable in sunlight, Nearly 7 hours of battery life, Good speakers
Cons: Tiny mouse bar, Poor Wi-Fi range, Bottom gets hot