Samsung N150-11

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Samsung released a handful of netbooks last year and one relevant example is this N150-11 that had a retail price of $349 which was just about the same as other netbooks that came with a retail fixed configuration. In a sea of glossy black bricks, this model from Samsung adopts a different look as it mixes black and burgundy, while the lid is quite similar to the sunburst finish found on many guitars. The interior is not as interesting as it is wearing a regular matte black finish.

The netbook is powered by an Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.60 GHz and packs 1GB of DDR2 @ 800 Mhz. For storage it carries a 250GB hard drive that spins at 5,400 rpm while in the graphics area it has an integrated Intel GMA 3150. Running on the Windows 7 Starter OS, the N150-11 from Samsung measures 10.4 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches and it tips the scales at 2.6 pounds (3.2 pounds including the AC adapter).

Samsung N150-11 (Source: notebooks.com)

Samsung N150-11 (Source: notebooks.com)

Let’s talk about the keyboard and mention that it has wide, flat-topped keys which have been packed tightly together. This is a different approach compared to most netbooks that adopt an island-style configuration. The size of the keys is decent but due to the limited space available between them, you will most likely push the wrong buttons the first times you will start using the keyboard.

As far as the touchpad is concerned, it is big enough for a netbook but it still isn’t as wide as the one Asus fitted in its Eee PC 1018 model. The mouse buttons could have been a little bit better but for the money you’re paying these will suffice.

Samsung N150-11 (Source: netbooked.net)

Samsung N150-11 (Source: netbooked.net)

Moving on to the 10.1-inch screen, it has the standard 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution and has a matte finish which is something that you won’t find that often among netbooks. Regarding ports and connectivity, you get VGA out, headphone & microphone jacks, three USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi, along with stereo speakers.

Performance-wise, it manages to be a little bit faster than the competition, even though it has the same Atom N450, 1GB of RAM, Windows 7 Starter configuration as most netbooks that came out in 2010 did.

The most important drawback of the Samsung N150-11 would have to be its battery life which will last for less than 5 hours during a video playback test. This is extremely low since the vast majority of netbooks powered by an Intel Atom processor are able to survive for at least 6 hours. The battery of this Samsung is quite large as it sticks out significantly from the bottom of the netbook’s chassis.