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.
Excerpt: The best part of this beautiful paragon of plastic and chrome is its keyboard. It’s not exactly standard size, but it’s proportioned to feel as if it were. The trackpad is nice and wide, too. And though small, the NC10 ain’t no minuteman. The battery lasts an incredible 5 hours, tying the Eee PC.
Pros: Striking matte interior with chrome accents. Comes in black, blue, or white. Solid performance: Tied the Wind for second place.
Cons: Single mouse button feels like a clunky, shrunken seesaw. Ships with 1 GB of RAM and holds only one stick, so you’ll have to buy a 2-GB module if you want to upgrade.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Samsung NC10 Manufacturer: Samsung UK Price (as reviewed): £298.00 (inc. VAT) US Price (as reviewed): $469.99 (ex. Tax) The launch of the original Eee PC is a distant memory today and so much has changed since the introduction of Asus' canny little sub-notebook.
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.