Samsung NB30 review
A competent machine that trades snazzy design for a bit more durability
Review Date: 2 Sep 2010
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £250 (£294 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Samsung's NB30 is a durable netbook. While we're not going to claim it's as bullet-proof as genuinely rugged machines, it still grants a little extra protection from drops and bumps, making it especially suitable as a beginner laptop for small children.
The chassis is coated in tough rubber rather than the gloss we usually see on netbooks, so it's able to withstand the occasional knock, and it won't pick up unsightly scuffs and scratches as easily as most. Those shocks and bumps are unlikely to trouble the delicate hard disk either, since it features shock protection to safeguard your data in the event of a fall. It even has a spill-resistant keyboard.
While the NB30's wrist rest and lid don't feel as flex-free as some of its rivals, the thick, solid plastic shell inspires more confidence than most. The keyboard carries on this solid feel with an unyielding base and a pleasant typing action, and the accompanying trackpad is just as impressive, with accurate cursor control and a pair of comfortable buttons.
The 10.1in 1,024 x 600 display is fine, with decent viewing angles and bright colours, and we're pleased to see a matte finish rather than the usual glossy panel. And, while the benchmark score of 0.30 isn't anything out of the ordinary, the light-use battery result of nine hours is superb. It'll easily manage a working day away from the mains.
In all, then, the NB30 is a capable machine packed into a durable chassis. It's more expensive than the competition, but worth the extra if you value durability over looks.
Author: Sasha Muller
We installed 20 of these in one of my schools recently, seems quite rugged, but we'll find out for sure once the kids have had them for a while.
Streams ok over the wireless network, windows 7 seemed to have the edge over XP for responsiveness, but you wouldn't want to use it for anything other than surfing/email/word..
By pinero50 on 8 Sep 2010
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