Samsung N120 review

Samsung's N120 triumphed in our recent netbook labs, and it's still one of the best netbooks.

It's also the only netbook we've seen with 2.1 speakers. None of the netbooks here has good enough speakers for enjoying music for hours on end, but the N120's speakers sound better than most. Despite the 'subwoofer' built into the N120's underside, bass is still weak.

Battery life is a highlight, though. It lasted nearly eight-and-a-half hours in our light-usage test. This makes the N120 ideal if you regularly need to work without mains power. The long battery life is only possible with a chunky battery. It makes the N120 a little bulky, but it props the keyboard at an angle that can make typing more comfortable. What's more, at 1.2kg, the N120 is no heavier than its rivals.

The keyboard is pleasant to type on thanks to its large keys. Only the tab, cursor and right shift keys are smaller than we'd expect. The slightly odd layout may trip up frequent users of keyboard shortcuts, as the Windows key is located to the right of the space bar instead of the left. In its usual place is a Fn key that doubles as a contextual menu key. The touchpad is accurate and reasonably large. The buttons have the same pivoting design as Asus' Eee PC 1005HA, but feel more responsive.

Although the screen isn't particularly bright - some colours look a little washed out - it's still easy on the eye. It also tilts back quite far, making it easy to use in small spaces. The matte black case feels sturdy and is also available in white, if you prefer. The SD card is located on the front just to the right of the touchpad, while the ports are all located on the side, instead of on the back as with some netbooks, so they're easy to reach.

If there's one gripe, it's the absence of Draft-N WiFi (there's 802.11a/b/g instead), but overall, Samsung's N120 is an excellent netbook thanks to its long battery life and comfortable keyboard. Best of all, it's reasonably priced. If you just want a netbook for browsing the web and won't be typing long documents, you could save a few pounds by opting for Asus' EeePC 1005 HA instead.

Basic Specifications

Rating

*****

Processor

Intel Atom N270

Processor clock speed

1.6GHz

Memory

1.00GB

Memory slots

1

Memory slots free

0

Maximum memory

2GB

Size

38x273x188mm

Weight

1.2kg

Sound

Realtek High Definition Audio

Pointing device

touchpad

Power consumption standby

1W

Power consumption idle

13W

Power consumption active

18W

Display

Viewable size

10.1 in

Native resolution

1,024x600

Graphics Processor

Intel GMA 950

Graphics/video ports

VGA

Graphics Memory

128MB

Storage

Total storage capacity

160GB

Optical drive model

none

Optical drive type

N/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports

3

Bluetooth

yes

Wired network ports

1x 10/100

Wireless networking support

802.11a/b/g

PC Card slots

none

Modem

No

Supported memory cards

SDHC, MMC

Other ports

none

Miscellaneous

Carrying case

Yes

Operating system

Windows XP Home Edition

Operating system restore option

restore partition, restore disc

Software included

none

Optional extras

none

Buying Information

Warranty

one year collect and return

Price

£330

Details

www.samsung.co.uk

Supplier

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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Ports and Expansion

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Author

December 02,2021

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