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Samsung N140 10.1-inch Netbook (Atom N270 1.6 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, BT, Webcam, up to 10 Hour Battery Life, Windows 7 Starter, Black)
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My advice is - do not buy this Netbook with Windows 7. Get it with XP if you must have a N140 - or better still, buy the NC10, its dirt cheap now and does virtually everything that the N140 does. Oh, one last thing - upgrade the RAM to 2GB - it's only 30 quid, takes 30 seconds to install and speeds up the boot up considerably.
I write this review basically to give a quick technical overview for any issues you may be thinking you'll encounter, and to disparage any of the other negative reviews I read on Amazon prior to purchasing myself.
Firstly; the screen DOES tilt back far enough, clearly reviewers on Amazon are for the most part hunchbacked or something as I read so many people complaining about this... I have not once wanted it to tilt back any further than it can; most of the time I don't even use it at max angle, the notion that this is something to complain about or even not purchase the item for is something I fail to be able to fathom.
For the tech savvy, putting Windows 7 on this netbook manually was simple, I just partitioned it with Acronis (any partition editor will do) and installed Windows 7 (via a quick win7>usb stick tutorial), and it found all the drivers itself, then just downloaded all the little helpful Samsung apps for the n140 from their website (enables fn keys etc.).Read more ›
Overall it is a nice machine, fast enough and it covers my need sufficiently well to have been worth the purchase. From the little research I did, it seemes that this netbook is among the best netbooks in its class.
The look is much cleaner in terms of fonts, icons, etc. And Microsoft seems to have gone out of its way to be more deferential to its users in terms of optionality (for instance upgrades). Where I have issue is on Windows 7 and its use (more precisely the lack of My Documents), I need to spend a bit more time with the new directory system. I also have problems with a driver on my Doro 225ipc VOIP phone (but reading the reviews this seems to be a hangover from Vista). The battery time is nearer 8 hours (on normal settings - i.e. WiFi on). Samsung have included a smart mouse pad as well that allows H/V scrolling, page turning, but I'm a bit of a blind cobbler so I can't get these functions to work consistently on the small mouse pad. The function ESC key provides a quick shut down but when restarting Firefox seems to hang. Its a minor quibble in the great scheme of things.
Disclosure: I'm don't use the Samsung for memory heavy image programmes such as Photoshop but I am a professional Excel developer.
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When it was working, I would have gave it a 4 star review due to it being very slow and freezing the image on youtube videos, but letting the audio continue in any browser I used,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Waste of money. So slow I only ever used it a couple times on holiday trips before it got put away and never used as cant even play video as slow even after increasing RAM.Published on 2 Nov. 2014 by Andrew Peter Kelly
I bought this as a luxury item that i didnt really need. It did come very handy though on a 3 week euro roadtrip for keeping data on all my hotels, journeys, tourist attraction,... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2011 by Roger
Excellent netbook with a great battery life. Have uprated RAM to 2GB and it has improved speed of loading.
Keyboard is excellent and easy to use with accuracy. Read more
A really nice laptop with clear screen, very good battery life and a surprisingly easy to use touchpad. Read morePublished on 21 May 2010 by Stuart
I've had my N140 for a few months now. Absolutely perfect given the current Atom chip spec. Here's how I set mine up.
Firstly, bought my N140 with Windows 7 starter. Read more
It is a little bit slow, but I do not complain about it. What really gets on my nerves is that if you are wrong with some keys, you get: undesired windows opening, screen getting... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2010 by Clauser1960
I travel overseas alot, so this is much more convenient than my laptop and the smaller size was not the handicap I thought it might be. The WiFi with Skype was excellent. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2010 by Fred Buckle