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Customer Review

on 1 May 2011
This is a great little netbook from Samsung, with the initial impressions being very good. It is of the typical Samsung ilk - it feels solidly built and gives the impression it will last a long time. I am not a fan of all the pre-loaded software, as a more experienced user I prefer to pick and choose my own software. If you are not an experienced user, then you may find it useful.

The big advantage to this netbook is the dual core processor, which is not common on these little netbooks. It does make a difference, as a friend who has the 1.6Ghz Atom on the older version of this was amazed how much quicker this 1.5Ghz dual core was. My main gripe (and the reason I cannot give this 5 stars) is that the manufacturers still use Windows 7 Starter and only fit 1Gb of RAM. Fitting a 2Gb RAM chip makes a huge difference - any experienced user should do this themselves, but novices who are not confident can get someone to do it for them. For just a few quid more Samsung would have a real advantage marketing this as a 2Gb machine.

The mouse pad is easy to use, and despite the keyboard obviously being small, it is fairly easy to get used to. I have large hands and can cope with it, my girlfriend absolutely loves this machine. Remember that these units do not have a DVD drive, so you need to make sure you have a separate stand alone drive if you want to load software from a DVD or CD.

Battery life as commented by other reviewers is not the vaunted 9 or 10 hours, but I have had 7 hours when just using it for word processing, and managed to watch 2 films totalling 4.5hours on a plane flight - not bad when you consider the need for full brightness on the screen and maximum volume to be able to hear over the screaming children and engines (we were sat over the wing!)

If you want a gaming machine, forget it. If you want a small, lightweight and portable word processor that can handle the internet and watching movies, then buy this and upgrade the RAM.

Note - my girlfriend likes this that much she has stolen it from me and I've had to buy another!!!
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