Samsung N210 Netbook
Aesthetically speaking, the Samsung N210 is not unlike most netbooks on the market, though it does have a bit of nice accents with the carbon-fiber styled finish and silver trim. The white or black version would look handsome in just about any situation. In terms of build quality, Samsung has done a fine job as with most of their devices, and all the critical components offer easy access as well.
The ergonomics of the N210 are likeably, with a comfortable keyboard and multi-touch track pad. With a very impressive build quality like most of Samsungs devices, the N210 has a lot going for it most noticeably the keyboard and multi touch track pad. The right Shift key is undersized but it’s not a deal breaker here.
In terms of performance, the N210 doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, and keeps pace with the competitors that offer the same components and specifications. The boot time of the N210 takes a little longer than I like to see personally but that could be attributed to the 5400 RPM hard drive or the 1GB of RAM available. On that note, these are really the only two areas available for upgrade. I would recommended going with more memory to 2GB in total, as this will help the overall “snappiness” of the system, and it’s an inexpensive and easy upgrade. A more expensive upgrade is a solid state drive rather than the handcuffed hard drive, and while this will boost performance considerably, it is a tough pill to swallow in terms of price. I suppose there’s something to be said about pimping your netbook with an SSD, but that’s what enthusiasts might do, not everyday consumers.
The N210 performed very well when browsing the web, streaming music, writing in MS Word, as well as well as checking e-mails at the same time, and the system didn’t seem to struggle discernibly during use. The battery life was very good, lasting up to ten and a half hours, more than long enough to last the day for normal use. Lastly, Samsung also includes a 1 year warranty, 24/7 phone support.
In the end, the Samsung N210 proved to be a very capable netbook, sporting nice aesthetics, good features, solid build quality, long battery life, and reasonable performance for regular daily use, and gets our recommendation.
Samsung N210 Netbook
Our thanks go to Samsung for providing the N210 for this review.