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. The display is the deciding factor when deciding whether a laptop is a netbook or a subnotebook, and in this case this criteria is no longer valid. The only criterias left are the price, around 470 Euros, and the basic programs supported by the hardware.
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 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 we tried before.
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 XP-only NC20 currently has one main rival at the same screen size, Dell's Mini 12, which can be bought in Ubuntu Linux or XP versions. The Ubuntu version is a bit cheaper than the XP of course, but the main difference is that the Samsung has a larger hard disk and a better battery - Dell supplies an inferior 3 cell 24WHr unit with the Mini 12.
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
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.
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.