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Samsung NF210 review

Verdict

Good looks, but it's pricey for a netbook, and you'll hardly notice the new dual-core processor

Review Date: 26 Oct 2010

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £297 (£349 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
3 stars out of 6

Features & Design
3 stars out of 6

Value for Money
3 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

After a couple of years of hogging all the attention, netbooks have all but dropped out of the limelight. With Intel's latest dual-core Atom processor in tow, and a curvaceous new design, Samsung's NF210 wants to rekindle the flame and reclaim its place atop the PC Pro A List.

Shy and retiring aren't words that you'd associate with the NF210. Swooping curves and rounded edges abound, and this combines with a startling gloss-white finish, and silver trim stretching around the edges of the lid and chassis. Peer inside and you'll find a faux-aluminium wristrest jostling for attention with acres of matte black, enlivened further by a handful of grey pinpricks dotted around the glossy-black bezel. It sounds awful, but, in the flesh, it's one of the very few netbooks that actually look good.

Samsung NF210 rear

It's apt that such a novel design delivers the first glimpse of Intel's much-touted dual-core Atom processor. Intel's Atom N550 finally brings the hope that, finally, the netbook might break free from the shackles of mediocre performance.

The truth, however, is that it merely rattles the chains. Our benchmarks saw the NF210 deliver an underwhelming score of 0.35, just a couple of per cent quicker than its single-core predecessors. Not surprisingly, it was video encoding and multitasking that saw the biggest boost in performance, but it could have been so much better. The N550 has only 1GB of RAM, which is definitely a limiting factor.

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User comments

First Dual Core Netbook? Really?

The Lenovo X100e has been out for some time and it has a dual core processor.

By Manuel on 26 Oct 2010

Yawn.... zzzzzzz

By pauld1024 on 26 Oct 2010

When is a netbook not a netbook

@Manuel

Due to the unique way the netbook industry is subsidised by Microsoft and Intel (!), the X100e doesnt get classed as a netbook as its screen is too big.

By Fraz_pro on 27 Oct 2010

Unfortunately that's seems correct, netbook is just something with an Atom and measly 1024x600 resolution. If someone manages to cram in a better cpu and/or higher resolution for similar price, it suddenly becomes classed as ultraportable.

By Lomskij on 27 Oct 2010

Large screen netbook...

My beloved Samsung NC20 has a very usable 12.1 inch 1280x800 screen, but is stil classed as a netbook. Other than video, it only struggles with installing HP printer drivers. :-)

By seagull on 27 Oct 2010

Mmm, Samsung classes the NC20 as notebook actually. Only devices with 10" screens are classed as netbooks on the Samsung website.

By Lomskij on 27 Oct 2010

The sticker that Samsung attached says: 12.1" Large Screen Netbook.

By seagull on 27 Oct 2010

Which would you rather have, a netbook or an ultraportable?

For example;
For Sale, Ulraportable X100e notebook £400

Or....

For Sale, x100e netbook

By dajfiel on 2 Nov 2010

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