I had read reviews on various netbooks - I had read varying views about netbooks and notebooks.
Some good, some bad - as expected. I wanted an easily portable machine for viewing documents and running basic document preparation programs - wordprocessing, spreadsheets and some DTP.
Eventually I decided upon this Samsung N145.
It arrived very promptly (beating the memory upgrade I ordered at the same time).
Out of the box, quick charge and switch on. The process to complete the setup was straight forward. Then I plugged in my mobile broadband dongle - again installation was straight forward and I was on the Internet.
My initial thoughts were "this is a bit slow". Web pages were sometimes rather hesitant to load. After a while I realised this was due to Windows 7 updating itself. Once the updates were done all was well.
I have used the N145 for about a month now and am happy with it. The only real downpoint is it's speakers. At first I noticed the sound was very choppy. This was cured by disabling the 'SRS Premium Sound Panel'. This program attempts to improve the sound but seems to destroy it instead - probably too much drain on the processor. With this disabled the sound was 'OK' - tinny, but at least playing properly - a bit like the 'trannie' of the sixties, rather nostalgic! However, use headphones - then the sound is fine - this is a transportable Netbook afterall! On battery power the sound will occasionally falter.
If you want to play the latest games or play HD videos buy a PC or fast laptop! However Youtube videos and many games run very happily on this machine - just remember it is a 1.6GHz processor.
I downloaded a little program to enable me to change the wallpaper on Windows 7 Starter. Now it is MY netbook.
As I mentioned earlier I upgraded the memory to 2GB. There was a noticeable improvement over the standard 1GB.
So all in all it does what it says it would - this is not a games machine or 'hi-fi' system. If you accept it's limitations you may be as happy as I am with it's operation - and portablility.