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PostSubject: Samsung N150 Netbook - A critique.   Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:05 pm

Asus may have kick-started the netbook revolution having a Eee PC, but Samsung has emerged among the dominant players in sales thanks to a wide range of devices that offer style, comfort and superb construction. The N150 netbook, in that case, has a lot to meet.

The keyboard marks a departure with the usual Samsung offering - in place of shiny, flat keys, the N150抯 buttons have rounded edges including a matte finish - however quality is still higher. The keys feel sensitive and welcoming and, even if there抯 not quite all the travel as we抎 for example, we抎 be comfortable making use of the N150 for long keying in sessions.



We were able to get up to date quickly, too, in part as a consequence of sensible layout: the double-height profit key and normal-sized living space bar, shift and control buttons are usually in their usual locations, and the standard keys are of a good volume. Our only qualm is a delete key, which can be smaller than we抎 just like.

Not much, really. A N150's innards are exciting and original, but a chassis isn't particularly ground-breaking. The glossy black lid and also its particular off-centre Samsung logo will be pleasant enough -- provided one doesn't mind having to tidy fingerprint smudges off regularly -- along with the anodised red stripe across the sides adds charm.

Samsung N150 operation

Additionally, the pre-installed software can lessen the pace of the system抯 performance, which may become frustrating. As it only provides a 1. 66GHz Intel Atom N450 PC and 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, multitasking isn抰 among the list of netbook抯 strong points; it performs at it is best when performing just one single task. In our general performance tests, the N150抯 outcome were solid.

The N150 is certainly exclusive to PC Planet. It's well priced, but as compared to earlier Samsung netbooks in addition to our current Best Invest in, the Toshiba NB305, a battery life is very poor. The screen is likewise disappointing, and despite an effective keyboard, the touchpad is certainly too small. The Toshiba NB305 features over 10 hours' battery life including a much clearer screen, defining it as a better buy.

Connections include three well-spaced USB sockets (one to the left, two on all the right), Ethernet, VGA socket for use which includes a bigger monitor, and headsets and mic jacks. Ladies 3-in-1 memory card target audience.

The graphics performance of your N150 is dependant in the integrated graphics controller during the Intel Atom N450 PC and it抯 not swiftly. You won抰 be capable to play anything but the best of games on the actual Samsung N150 (games who don抰 use complex layouts for example), and even Flash-based video game titles may run sluggishly in it.

Either way, the 1024x600 resolution of your screen isn抰 high enough to come up with most games anyway. There is a Samsung tool called Easy Resolution which they can use to bump up any resolution to 1024x768 (you can do a similar thing from the Intel Exhibit Driver properties), but the idea makes the screen appearance squished. Standard definition Xvid-encoded video clips will play smoothly, but anything over standard definition will put excessively stress on the program.

Below that is an extremely large (considering how large the netbook) trackpad using a button bar directly down the page it. The trackpad itself is user-friendly and uncomplicated, sensitive enough to allow fluid motion surrounding the screen and even multi-touch guidance for scrolling, zooming and rotating to your website through commands.

While the performance within the Samsung N150 is typical for the netbook, its design aspires being a little more than run-of-the-mill. In general, the design is very well executed, but it still looks a bit of tacky in places. Specially, the screen could check better. It has some sort of matte finish, which we love while it means lights won抰 get reflected off it, but together there is a glossy strip that frames the actual screen and becomes distracting in the event the light reflects off it again. Another quibble relates into the unnecessary label that visits 慏igital Livecam? next into the webcam.

Get past the good and bad points of the design, that is certainly fairly typical, and you're allowed start using the computer for what it was eventually intended.
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