Hands-On With Samsung’s NC10 Netbook
Since September we have been envious of the other countries of the world, not only because their dollar isn’t as weak as ours, but because they were due to get the nice looking, big keyboard-sporting Samsung NC10 netbook. Ah, but our jealousy ends today. Samsung today announced that it will sell its 10-inch netbook in the U.S. for $499. Though a bit pricier than comparable systems like the Lenovo S10 or the MSI Wind U110, the Samsung netbook comes standard with 1GB of RAM, 1.3-MP Webcam, a whopping 120GB hard drive, and a 6-cell battery. The NC10 will come in both white and navy blue and will run the popular Intel Atom processor and Windows XP operating system. We also spoke to Samsung executive Dave McFarland who said we may see a NC10 with mobile broadband options and a Linux OS eventually. We had a chance to put our hands all over the NC10 a few weeks ago. As you will see in the video below, the netbook sports a seriously spacious keyboard (93 percent the size of a regular keyboard, Samsung says), which we think can rival the MSI WInd’s title of best netbook keyboard yet. As for the overall fit and finish, we were happy with what we saw and felt. Samsung knows how to make a good piece of electronics and now a good netbook. As for performance, in the few minutes we had with the device, it provided the usual Atom and Windows XP responses. We plan to benchmark and run the usual battery and hard drive tests when we get it in our offices. We tried not to cry when Samsung took our NC10 away but we did manage to capture some video and stills of the sweet 10-inch netbook. Our review unit should be arriving any day now so let us know in the comments what you want to know most about little Sammy.