Review: Samsung NC10 Netbook

Having been on my netbook all weekend I decided it was time for a more detailed review. Also took a few more photos and can talk about the accessories I bought for it. This is not a technical review with lots of benchmarking and that kind of thing. It’s just one user’s opinion.


A great, value for money little netbook which is fun to use. Sharp bright screen, decent keyboard, surprisingly good battery life, stylish looks, ‘OK’ sound and decent specs in all other respects. Highly recommended.


  • Very good value for money at £299 in the UK
  • Sturdy construction, good specs
  • Phenomenal battery life
  • Looks good
  • Great keyboard, perfectly easy to type on (said from someone who uses a Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 keyboard normally)


  • Trackpad is on the small side
  • Sound from on-board speakers is tinny (though via headphones is fine)
  • Right shift-key takes some getting used to due to size/location

Coke can included for scale


The 10″ screen is sharp and colourful and I’m perfectly pleased with it. Is very bright. I turned ClearType on pretty much straight away as that improves ALL screen text regardless of what machine you’re using. Am surprised Microsoft don’t enable that as standard. No dead pixels either. The resolution is 1024×600 and the graphics card (built in) supports multiple monitors, rotation of the screen, etc. For someone used to a 21″ Dell wide-screen with 1600x pixels wide, I thought this notebook would prove hard work but it hasn’t at all. The small screen is fine. I’ve also streamed media (BBC iPlayer) and picture clarity is sharp and decent.


Very good. Much better than I thought it would be. I believe it’s full size, too. The only key that takes getting used to is the right hand shift button. I touch-type (and thus don’t need to look at the keyboard as I type) and have had no problems. I also like how the keys feel when you type.


This is on the small side. I’ve never been a fan of trackpads, probably because I’ve never generally speaking been a fan of laptops. I found it fine to use. It’s not the fastest to get around but the same can be said for most trackpads. I’ve upgraded to a Microsoft Wireless Notebook USB 6000 cordless mouse anyway which negates any concerns I may have about ease of use of the trackpad.

Battery Life

It’s too new for me to have fully put this through its paces. I’ve read it can go 7 hours without recharging (including using the wireless). Of course the screen will be dimmer to conserve power but that’s fine. The default setting is almost too bright for me anyway.


I’ve not had a laptop before so I can’t compare it with anything. I stream media all day long and have had no breaks in service. My wifi is next door but the walls are very thick (1930s apartment building). So that’s good. I’ve read in reviews I’d also looked at that the wifi was strong and good at not dropping which appears to be true.


I think it’s sturdily built. I don’t have much to compare it with. Feels solid. USB slots on both sides. Power input on left side (I could have done with it on the back as my new netbook case has rear vent) but that’s just a minor point. Hinges and whatnot feel fine. I have the black model and love it. That said, I’m sure I’d have been happy with the white version too.


The onboard speakers are somewhat tinny, there’s no getting away from that. Perfectly fine for playing digital radio through and also MP3s, but if you’re an audiophile you may be more demanding. That said, the headphone socket delivers good quality audio through headphones and I imagine would do through external speakers too.


Seems decent to me. Office 2003 runs no probs at all. I have masses of pages in Firefox all running fine. I have Avira antivirus running in the background and Comodo firewall too (both are free). It does not appear ‘sluggish’ at all.

I’m using Picasa 3 (which is free) to edit photos including RAW files from my Nikon D50 and they open and edit no problem at all. No noticeable performance slowdowns. Copying large files between folders and from my external hard drive is also very fast.


There is an SD slot for camera memory cards. This is ideal as both my Nikon D50 SLR uses SD as does my Casio point & shoot.


I’ve bought a Microsoft Wireless Netbook 6000 USB mouse which is £20 down from £30 at PC World and Currys at the moment. Works fine and very accurate.

I’ve also bought a Swordfish netbook carry case (a little steep at £22) from PC World but fits the netbook perfect (it’s the 10″ model of the case).


Some photos on the slideshow below. Higher res images on my flickr page.


The netbook I want

I’ve settled, I think, on the Samsung NC10. It’s not out yet, but UK e-tailers indicate it being on sale from the beginning of November.

I’m buying it (why does one need to justify these things!?) partly because:

  • my only other PC (which is a desktop) is having major problems (especially at boot-up) and I worry the end is close. The data is backed up on an external HD, so that’s not a problem.
  • I want to blog and surf with freedom, instead of always being stuck in my ‘study’ (spare room), instead being able to blog and surf from the living room or even from bed (!)
  • I had a significant ‘overtime’ payment from my last employer in my final pay cheque and I want to spend some of it
  • I need to treat myself after the 4 months of hell I went through. The only good thing about that last job was the salary.

I will get it in black.

Review here.

Unboxing video here.



* Intel® AtomTM Processor N270 (1.6GHz)
* 533MHz FSB with 512KB Cache
* Chipset: Intel 945GSE + ICH7M


* 1GB (1 x 1GB) DDR2 667MHz
* Memory Slot 1 x Slot SODIMM

Hard Drive

* 160GB SATA


* Operating System: Genuine Windows® XP Home (SP3)
* Samsung Magic Doctor
* Samsung Update Plus
* Easy Display Manger
* Easy Battery Manager
* Easy Network Manager
* Easy Speed Up Manager
* Adobe Acrobat Reader


* 10.2″ WSVGA (1024 x 600) SuperBright© Gloss LED Display


* Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
* 128MB Integrated Graphics


* HD (High Definition) Audio
* Multimedia Player
* EDS (Enhanced Digital Sound) Effect
* 2 Watts Stereo Speakers (1W x 2)

Input Devices

* 84 Key with Silver Nano technology (Anti-Bacterial Keyboard)
* Touch Pad (Scroll Scope, Flat Type)


* Wired Ethernet LAN (RJ45)
* 10/100
* Wireless LAN
* Atheros® Wifi 802.11b.g
* Bluetooth 2.0+EDR


* 261mm(W)
* 185.5mm (D)
* 30.3mm (H)
* Weight: 1.33kg

Power Supply

* 60 Watt AC Adapter
* 6 Cell Lithium ion Battery


* 1 x VGA
* 1 x Headphone-out
* 1 x Mic In
* 1 x Internal Mic
* 3 x USB 2.0
* 3 in 1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, MMC)


* 1 Year Warranty
* Samsung Recovery Solution III
* McAfee Virus Scan
* BIOS Boot Up Password / HDD Password
* Kensington Lock Port