Summary: In a market populated by shrinky-dink netbooks with low-res displays for under 400 bucks, hulking bottom-feeder laptops for $750 with severely compromised mobility, and svelte ultraportables hovering near the daunting two-grand mark, the Samsung NC20 is a revelation. The formula Samsung has settled on for this system works very well indeed; it's just what I've wanted to see since netbooks promised us affordable ultraportability but forced a few too many compromises.
Summary: The Samsung NC20 blurs the line between netbooks and low-cost ultraportables. While the VIA Nano processor isn't as powerful as a mainstream Core 2 Duo CPU, it provides similar if not slightly better performance than Intel's current Atom offerings. And the NC20 offers better performance than the Dell Inspiron Mini 12. When it comes to the U.S.
Excerpt: It's not quite a netbook, not quite an ultralight PC. Whatever it is, Samsung's NC20 is a dazzling feat of engineering: an extremely usable 12-inch laptop with epic battery life, impressive specs and a mystifyingly affordable price tag. The NC20 takes many of its under-the-hood cues from the netbook world, offering comparably restrained specs like 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive and, most eyebrow-raising, a VIA Nano U2250 CPU. Seriously, a VIA?
Summary: Features Available in a choice of white or black, Samsung’s NC20 isn’t all about the VIA’s Nano processor. It offers a few other niceties. For starters it’s armed with a larger-than-usual 12.1-inch glossy display which provides a useful 1280×800-pixel resolution. The screen is brighter and crisper than most and makes Web browsing and casual gaming an absolute joy – gone is the endless scrolling up and down. Elsewhere, it’s very much a standard netbook affair.
Excerpt: Samsung's NC20 is one of only two netbooks here with a 12.1in screen. This means it's a little heavier than the 10in netbooks here at 1.5kg, but it's not that much bigger. The larger display means a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels, which is higher than the 1,024x600 resolution of the 10in netbooks in our round-up. This gives plenty of room for working on large documents or using a couple of programs simultaneously.