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Samsung NC20... An Honest Review,
This review is from: Samsung NC20 12.1-inch Mini-Laptop (VIA Nano U2250 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Windows XP Home, White) (Electronics)
I had been looking into purchasing a netbook for quite some time, I had seen a few around but was looking for one that wasn't too expensive with a nice resolution. This laptop is just that. It offers a 1280 x 800 resolution and on a 12" screen this looks very neat and small. When I first opened the box I was excited but then found out that I had a dead pixel on my screen. I contacted Amazon and they sent a replacement the next day and paid for me to send the one with the dead pixel back. I can't fault their service at all. The new one arrived and it's perfect! Just what I wanted! It's very light, the screen is glossy and the laptop has a very smart feel about it. I have installed Microsoft Office 2003 and I haven't had any slow performance so far. I have even installed Adobe Fireworks, Photoshop & Dreamweaver CS3 (was told this wouldn't work on this laptop) and it works fine!! Opens a little slower than used to but it works fine all the same! The keyboard layout is nice but I have noticed two problems, the smaller shift key is on the right hand side of the keyboard and if your typing and used to other laptops you may find yourself pressing the wrong key if you use right shift to use capitals. Another thing I have noticed is that the "\" key is on the right hand side apposed to the left. Not a big problem but may take some getting used to! Other than that I have no problems with the keyboard. Battery life is pretty good as a whole, all depends what your doing on it but I have had around 5 hours or more on a full charge while using it occasionally to browse and chat on Windows Live Messenger. The laptop came with a little cover for it but I would advise buying a case. The laptop doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, which isn't a big problem. I managed to install my programs over my network but you may want to purchase an external drive for around £20-£30 if you do need it. The laptop has Bluetooth, I haven't had a laptop which had this before, and it works pretty well. I have paired my mobile phone with it and I am able to browse through my phone media using Windows Explorer. I am also able to send pictures, videos and music from my phone to the laptop via Bluetooth and they appear in My Documents. So this is a pretty nice feature to have. Windows XP SP3 comes pre installed and runs very smooth. Takes around 20-30 seconds to load up onto the desktop. If your thinking of getting a portable laptop, or maybe even a laptop for the home for basic useage, i.e. documents, browsing, downloading etc then this is the laptop for you! I can't fault it at all!!
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Initial post: 29 Mar 2009 14:44:46 BDT
J. Reed says:
Would be interested to know if the Wifi op
erates ok in different locations. Have heard the NC10 was problamatic in this respect.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2009 02:25:21 BDT
As far as i have seen so far, the wifi seems fine, haven't had any issues with it, have had mine now for coming up to two weeks and im very glad i bought one
In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2009 12:41:41 BDT
how do you find the glossy screen?
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2009 13:51:58 BDT
the glossy screen is fine, to be honest... i still have the plastic covering it to keep dust and things off the screen, im fussy like that :)
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2009 14:04:20 BDT
M. Lane says:
Hi there, does the NC20 have a webcam?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2009 17:47:48 BDT
M. Lane says:
Also, is it easy to upgrade to Windows Vista?
Posted on 30 Jun 2009 14:47:18 BDT
Yes, the NC20 has a camera, which is pretty good quality for web cam chats :) Also M. Lane, im not sure if upgrading to Vista would be overkill, not saying it couldn't be done, but Windows XP Home on this machine is perfect!
Posted on 2 Aug 2009 12:31:42 BDT
Mr. C. J. Blunden says:
Hi- 4 months in are you still happy with your N20?
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2009 23:10:11 BDT
Yes, I am happy I purchased this little netbook. I have been pleasantly surprised that it has put up with some pretty intense multi tasking. I have Microsoft Office 2003 running brilliantly, instead of using Internet Explorer I downloaded Google Chrome which functions great as I did fear that IE7/8 would be a nightmare. I'm even able to play some of my old PC games with relatively medium to high details on.
When you first buy this laptop, it will ask you to create a partition for backups. I split it 50/50 at the beginning but after I while I wish I didn't do so. If you have an external drive I would use that instead. At the moment, I use the Samsung Recovery Solution III (pre installed) to backup data about once a week, usually Sunday evening. I back up to a little Western Digital Passport drive which is 250GB and cost me about £40 brand new off eBay. Takes a while longer to do a complete back up than if you were backing up to a different partition but that's only to be expected.
Another thing you need to consider is that it only comes with a trial period of McAfee from what I remember. Think it lasts 3 months...
Some users have mentioned problems with wireless, I don't seem to have this issue...
I haven't taken the protective cover off the screen yet, its getting a bit run down but I don't want to risk anything damaging the screen on such a lovely looking laptop.
I have survived without needing a DVD/CD drive, I didn't think I would be able to, but it's pretty easy. Just use my USB pen a lot more which isn't a bad thing either.
Microsoft Windows XP was definitely the best option for this laptop. I would think that anything more would decrease performance
Overall, still really happy with it, if your thinking about buying one, go for it, good for mobile computing, and home computing.
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