Samsung N130

Samsung N130

The Samsung N130ís build is slim and durable. No matter how much we carried it around, the Samsung N130ís protective plastic kept it free from scratches or damages.

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Our Rating: 76%

Our Samsung N130 Review

Samsung N130

Design & Screen

With all the new generation netbooks surfacing in the market, it is hard for a certain model to stand out. That, of course, does not apply to the Samsung N130 that caught our eye with its sleek design. The Samsung N130ís build is slim and durable. No matter how much we carried it around, the Samsung N130ís protective plastic kept it free from scratches or damages. The hip design is somewhat toned down with a bulky battery that raises the netbook when placed on a solid surface. We also noticed that the sharp edges of the Samsung N130 were nowhere to be found Ė a great improvement from predecessor models.

The Samsung N130ís is standard at 10.1 inches. However, we were impressed with its 16:9 widescreen feature that makes any movie lover scream. The colour brightness and contrast isnít anything to brag about, but we were able to get great legibility both indoors under artificial light and outdoors under direct sunlight. Viewing images using the Samsung N130ís screen wasnít an experience to remember, but it certainly remains as a solid image in the back of our heads.

The built-in webcam is a bonus for any social networker. However, youíll find it a bit awkward, as it is not centred. Youíll have to put in some extra effort switching your seating arrangement to have your face centred in the middle of the webcam stream.

Samsung N130

Keyboard and Trackpad

As mentioned earlier, the Samsung N130ís keyboard is raised due to the battery positioning. This of course, comes as an advantage to the typing user. The raised keyboard is natural and extra comfortable. The keys are generously spaced and large, enabling the user to type without making any errors. Unlike some Samsung models, the Samsung N130ís keyboard is pleasantly quiet Ė almost mute when typing in an email.

Performance and Battery Life

We canít expect anything but great performance from the Samsung N130. Running on an Intel Atom processor, with generous RAM, and good storage space, the Samsung N130 is great for multitasking and watching films. Our non-official test for performance, is of course, running a DiVx movie, a virus scan, and listening to music simultaneously. The Samsung N130 did not disappoint, as we did not witness any apparent slowing down and crashing.

The Samsung N130 comes with a built-in bundle of games, software, and games. This of course comes at the cost of storage capacity, which isnít a high flyer by any standard. It does its job for an average user with a modest music library or a mid-sized video collection. We wouldíve loved to see more space included with the Samsung N130.

Samsung N130 from back

In terms of battery life, we did not feel the need to recharge our netbook for several hours. We relied on our battery drain test (running at full power with high brightness and some active applications working in the background) for a clear judgment. One handy application is the Samsung Battery Life Extender that helps maximize battery life cycles.

The Samsung N130ís connectivity is commendable with Wi-Fi integration, USB ports, 3-in-1 card reader, and a webcam. We loved Wi-Fi as the Samsung N130 is a portable netbook and such integration will definitely be of use when outdoors.

What We Liked

We liked the Samsung N130ís battery life, performance, and affordable price.

What We Disliked

We disliked the Samsung N130ís bland screen performance and webcam position.

Our Final Verdict

The Samsung N130 performs well in different conditions be it indoor, outdoor, plugged to AC power, or just running on the built-in battery. Though it offers reliability and stability, we thought the Samsung N130 lacks the wow factor that would get anyone to buy it. The price tag is affordable for many, so this will be the tipping factor. Overall, it outmatches many expensive netbooks in the market in terms of battery life and general performance.

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General

Dimensions 26.4 x 18.5 x 2.97 cm

Processor

Processor Intel Atom N270
Processor Speed 1.6 GHz
Processor FSB 533

Memory

RAM 1 GB

Storage

Hard Drive Size 160 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400 rpm

Graphics

Graphics Adaptor Intel GMA 950
Screen Type WSVGA Non-Gloss LED Back Light
Screen Size 10.10 in
Screen Max. Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11bg/n
Ethernet 10/100
Multi Card Slot 3-in-1 SD SDHC MMC

Power

Battery Type 6 Cell
Web Cam 0.3 Mega Pixel
Speakers 1 x 1.5W Mono

Input

Pointing Device Touch Pad

Software

Operating System Windows XP Home

Cost

Typical Cost (£) 250

Samsung N130 Full Specification

General

Dimensions 26.4 x 18.5 x 2.97 cm

Processor

Processor Intel Atom N270
Processor Speed 1.6 GHz
Processor FSB 533

Memory

RAM 1 GB

Storage

Hard Drive Size 160 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400 rpm

Graphics

Graphics Adaptor Intel GMA 950
Screen Type WSVGA Non-Gloss LED Back Light
Screen Size 10.10 in
Screen Max. Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11bg/n
Ethernet 10/100
Multi Card Slot 3-in-1 SD SDHC MMC

Power

Battery Type 6 Cell
Web Cam 0.3 Mega Pixel
Speakers 1 x 1.5W Mono

Input

Pointing Device Touch Pad

Software

Operating System Windows XP Home

Cost

Typical Cost (£) 250

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Samsung N130
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