Summary: The Samsung NC20 is a good Netbook that is comfortable, light and has a good battery life – the three fundamental qualities that many of us seek. Its Via Nano processor can totally stand against Intel’s 1.6Ghz single-core Atom and its hard disk is even faster than many (more expensive) laptops that...
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.
Excerpt: Our hands-down favorite computer of the year is in a category all its own. With its 12.1-inch screen, 3.3-pound fighting weight, outstanding battery life, and exceptional performance, the Samsung NC20 might seem like a new entrant in the ultralight notebook market.
Pros: Slaps the netbook market upside the head with the holy trinity of notebook virtues: performance, portability, and play time (nearly four hours on a charge). VIA Nano processor runs circles around Intel Atom found in most netbooks. Full complement of features, including 1.3-megapixel webcam, SD ca...
Cons: LCD is on the dim side. Looks won’t incite envy in the executive lounge — can’t we have cheap and sexy?
Excerpt: The NC20’s excellent keyboard, larger screen, and long battery life make it the perfect notebook for long stints of heavy typing. Single-application performance ranges from good to excellent, though multitaskers will want to stick with an Atom–based netbook.
Pros: Excellent keyboard, Higher screen resolution than typical netbooks, Good performance, Large touch pad, Very good battery life
Cons: Subpar multitasking, Can't keep up with HD video playback
Conclusion: Can you remember the first netbook which started this hype? Right! The EEE PC with a 7 inch(!) display. The Samsung NC20 lying before us now has a 12 inch display and is still called a netbook, or a mini notebook.
Pros: Good design, Good case sturdiness, The guarantee can be extended to up to 48 months, User-friendly, comfortable to use input devices, Low heat and sound emissions, Good battery life, Basically: The idea of a cheap, but still high quality notebook for basic programs.
Cons: Glare-type display makes outdoor use hard., A UMTS version is not available yet., We definitely did not miss the Intel Atom CPU. The chip from VIA could perform well enough too.
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.
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.