Base price: $359
You have to give Samsung credit for its netbook effort: for its 2010 model, the company has not only added the Intel Atom N450 processor (which every maker now has) its also significantly touched up its design.
It has a stylish, substantial feel to its build, and its marginally larger body gives (sort of) the illusion of a full laptops size in a netbooks small shape. The touchpad is generously sized and the two mouse buttons have a reputation for working smoothly and hassle-free. Theres a tad more real estate beneath the keyboard to help you position your wrists for touch-typing.
One sweet touch, given how small any netbooks screen is: the Samsung N210 has stand-alone Up and Down buttons, which really helps navigation. And the most essential function keys, like Tab and Shift, are as big as they are on a regular laptop. The keyboard, too, benefits from a spacious layout.
The Samsung N210s matte screen which cuts down on screen glare, and is rare in netbooks is easy on the eyes. If hours (and hours) of screen time tire out your eyes, this model may be your choice. (Of course the colors appear slightly muted, but thats a necessary trade off.) The 10.1-inch display has the standard 1,024 x 600-pixel default resolution if youre hoping for Hi Def, keep shopping.
The all white body (perhaps its a poor mans Macbook?) is complemented by a slender silver border that traces the inner edge of the keyboard tray. The netbooks cover is topped with a clear plastic cover, adding a modernistic look. Overall some thought went into this units appearance, meaning its appropriate to use at home or in a professional situation.
The machines specs are the standard 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1 GB RAM, 250GB, Webcam, 3-in-1 media reader, 3 USB ports, and Windows Starter OS. It lacks Bluetooth. Samsung claims up to 7 hours from the 6-cell lithium battery.
Bottom line: A well designed netbook that focuses on the hardwares user interface. Not the cheapest unit on the market, but a good one.
The Samsung n210 netbook (photo courtesy Samsung)