Summary: Netbook oldie. We take a look at the Samsung NC10 Ecko Plus, a tried and tested machine with older Intel hardware and a black case. Its performance is not the best by any means, but its current entry-level price is appealing.
Pros: Robust case and good workmanship, Powered USB port, Excellent keyboard, Matt display suitable for outdoors, Long battery life with standard battery, Low entry-level price, The case being almost completely matt, the good keyboard and the matt screen finish.
Cons: Keys too small in places, Narrow palm rest and small touchpad, Low screen contrast, Low processor performance, Not much included with delivery, A somewhat better screen contrast.
Conclusion: At first, the Samsung NC10 netbook might seem a bit expensive. Most of the extra money probably pays for the 6-cell battery, and 6.5 hours of battery life is definitely worth it. To compare, an MSI Wind with a 6-cell battery costs you at least $50 more, and still won’t run for as long. The netbook also has a bigger keyboard than most others out there, leaving netbook keyboard critics little to complain about.
Pros: Simple yet professional design, Big, tactile keyboard, Great display, Amazing battery life, Remarkably good webcam, 3 USBs, Solid Wi-fi, Cool multi-touch functionality
Cons: Annoyingly small trackpad, Longish load times for XP, No 3G, Costs $450
Excerpt: When Samsung recently unveiled its line of portable computers for the US market the most exciting system of the bunch was the NC10 netbook. The Q310 and others may be solid products but what caught everyone’s eye was the sub-$500 netbook. It didn’t seem drastically different from any of the competition but it sported a nice design and solid battery life so it immediately grabbed a top spot among the 10-inch netbooks.
Summary: The MSI Wind U100 is arguably the pick of current netbooks, inspiring rebadged versions under such names as Advent and Medion. Samsung must have looked at MSI's successful design when it made its own Samsung NC10 netbook, for it is very much a me-too Wind.
Summary: Until now, no other netbook has been able to match the 10-inch MSI Wind's endurance, strong performance, and spacious keyboard. Samsung's NC10 is the only product that provides comparable--and even improved--features for a lower price. Its comfortable, well-positioned keyboard, speedy and spacious hard drive, and more than6 hours of endurance make the $499 Samsung NC10 the most well-rounded 10-inch netbook on the market.
Excerpt: My Samsung NC10 has been neglected for a few weeks, I bought it to use as a dedicated linux computer for programming and tinkering with open source consoles. However recently I’ve had a bit of an old-school gaming itch and have been grabbing fistfulls of CDs from my loft to see what I can get working, and how well suited to the NC10s (or netbooks in general) constraints each game is. It’s time for a bit of netbook gaming!