Samsung N120

30th Jul 2008 | 09:00

Samsung N120

Samsung's next netbook looks to match the pedigree of its predecessor

TechRadar rating:

4.5 stars

A neat redesigned take on the netbook platform, which pushes the low end technology further towards the power and useability of proper full-bore laptops

Like:

Excellent battery; Extra-wide keyboard; HD video compatible; Brilliant sound

Dislike:

Heavy battery pack; Poor viewing angle; Odd keyboard design

Since the great success of its NC10 netbook, Samsung has continued to successfully expand its mini-laptop range, with the N120 also proving itself to be a great portable business tool.

The 10.1-inch panel has a large bezel and integrated speakers. The screen itself features a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution and is surprisingly detailed. Colour and contrast are stunning, although the glossy Super-TFT screen coating causes irritating reflections when working in bright light.

The matt-white chassis looks good, but favours functionality over style. The hard plastics don't show dirt easily and prove durable enough for life on the road.

The full-sized keyboard meets Samsung's very high standards and is fantastic. There are no fashionable cut-out keys, but the traditional tapered variety have been used to great effect. The board is large, firm and provides a comfortable typing experience.

A 160GB hard drive is in place, providing you with all the room you'll need for work files and folders, and also any music, film or photo libraries you may have.

The machine's 418-minute battery life, courtesy of the 6-cell battery, will mean you won't have to carry the charger around with you. The large battery does mean that the machine isn't the lightest netbook around, however, as it weighs in at 1.3kg.

Connectivity is fairly standard, with 802.11g Wi-Fi on offer, alongside 10/100 Ethernet, so a fast connection to the internet, be it wired or wireless, shouldn't be a problem. A 3-in-1 memory card reader means you can easily upload photos or files from a flash drive. A VGA-out port allows you to connect up to an external analogue monitor and three USB ports mean you can connect a variety of peripherals, such as a mouse, to enhance your mobile experience.

We like the Samsung N120 a lot. It's a no-fuss machine that does its job very well. The keyboard is fantastic, as is the battery life, and we have no qualms in recommending it as one of the best machines around.

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