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

Wouldn’t mind a netbook

I use a desktop. It’s beginning to show its age. Very cranky and slow to start up. I’m not sure how old it actually is. Four or five years is my guess.

It’s reached the point now that when I start-up, it will not ‘post’ (I think that’s the word??) i.e. it will restart itself shortly after the Windows XP logo shows. This happened since XP service pack 3 was installed. I get round it by hammering the F8 key after the bios (!) msg and that takes me to a little screen saying ‘boot from..’ and I choose HD (rather than USB, disk drive, etc).

At the very least this PC needs a total re-install of XP. It has so many old games, old programs and general crap on it. Doing that is a big pain though and I can’t find the energy to do it just yet. Especially as it takes ages, what with backing up all my stuff, re-installing software, etc, etc. Painful.

I have my eyes on this little netbook. It has 7 hours battery, built in wifi etc, and is very compact.

It’s an Asus EEPC 1000H and you can see it on Can be had for around £303. Also a youtube review here.

I live in a small flat. Do I really need 2x PCs? How useful is wifi in such a small abode (my broadband is wifi enabled and I used it on my dad’s laptop which I bought for him, you may recall)? I don’t have a garden, etc. That said, this is so small and compact (and boots up fast) it would be quite a luxury. Could watch TV and have it on the side. Or blog from bed, heaven forbid! Feels an age since I’ve treated myself. I’m surely tempted. I believe Daphne uses a similar machine and seems happy with it.

Anyone else use a netbook or for that matter a laptop? Prefer it over a desktop? Anything else I should be considering? Before you mention MAC, I doubt I’m prepared to pay the premium that those entail…