November 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm #159651limesmoothMember
OK, so after much anticipation (by me), I finally laid my hands on a white version on Thursday – so here are my thoughts so far. Should perhaps preface this by saying I am a reasonably competent user and have owned MANY PCs (and even an Apple Mac or two) in my time, going right back to the ZX Spectrum 48k I got for Christmas 1982 (thanks Dad). I currently have a desktop which was built for me (used more and more infrequently), an Asus eee PC7014G, a Dell XPS M1330 and an ageing IBM Thinkpad R31 (still a great machine).
I loved the concept of the 701, even though I recognise that it inevitably represents a compromise between ultra portability, cost and spec. I still enjoy using it, but as I need to work on a PC all day every day, the small screen and poor keyboard were an issue. I was just about to trade up to an eee1000 and went into Currys to have a look at the netbooks, when I saw the NC10 for the first time, Just messing around with it, I knew it was going to be the benchmark for netbooks – luckily all reviewers seemed to agree with me.
Anyway, I have had 3 days solid use out of the NC10 and am still quite astonished at the quality of what Samsung produced at this price.
Display – matte, so easily adjustable, viewable even on the lowest settings for brightness, screen size is very comfortable even when working in Excel/Access.
Keyboard – the best in the netbook market, the asus boards always feel like the keys are about to drop off but this is solid, with a decent amount of key travel and properly placed keys
Trackpad – much better than I expected, given the size, The matte finish works for me and the vertical scroll is better than on my M1330 (which was triple the price). Installed the multi touch functions and they are excellent. The rocker bar is much better than the rattly one you get on the 701 and another example of good design and that quality feel.
OS and Software – ah, XP…how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I might give Windows 7 a bash over the weekend if I get chance but XP is still very useable and responsive. Have installed Office 2003, some Serif packages, Google Chrome, TVU Player, VLC Media, iTunes. It handles everything I throw at it. Watching videos and streaming is fine. I Player no problem.
Slight quibbles – speakers ok but not amazing, lack of the 3g slot.
It has worked with every single external device I have hooked it up to and is superb when plugged into the spare HP 19″ monitor for iplayer and movie watching.November 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm #172165BritmanMember
A wise choice my friend.
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