January 29, 2009 at 3:45 am #160893Chris1Member
Just wanted to say a quick thanks to Jez and all the moderators here, I’ve been browsing this forum the past few weeks while agonizing over my personal netbook choice, and the threads and information posted here have been simply wonderful, so thanks.
Anyways, now to ask my questions:
1.) Size of the NC10. One of the main drawing points for me, as a student, is quite simply, size. One of my friends here on campus has an HP Mini 1000, and while I know it is not perfect and I recognize it’s flaws, I can’t help but deny the fact that the machine is simply put…tiny. It’s incredibly small, with a very attractive design. My question is, how does the Sammy compare to the HP in terms of size? Keep in mind I’ve watched pretty much every YouTube video and looked at every pic I can find of the Sammy, but being in the US, (and not near the J&R in NYC), I have no chance of seeing the Sammy up close and personal before I pull the trigger as it were, and $450 is no small bit of kit (student, remember? :P). Anyways, I was wondering if perhaps someone in the community here would be willing to either post some pictures or a brief YouTube video of the Sammy, but from a distance, not up close, or perhaps compare it directly to a 1000, if that’s available. The pictures at a distance, maybe in comparison to a book or notebook (paper) would be wonderful. I appreciate any help in advance. Also, the weight / heft of the notebook – is it portable enough to not add noticeable weight to a backpack? Small satchel?
2.) Screen. Again, having tinkered with my friends 1000 for a while, I really liked it’s screen. It was very sharp, and I really didn’t notice the reflections some claim the glossy screen causes. Is the Samsung’s screen similar? What exactly does a matte screen mean/imply?
3.) A general, albeit personal, question to pose to you as a community. Currently, I’m split between the Sammy and holding out for a Mini 2140, which has been receiving rave reviews so far (I’d be waiting for the HD screen, with the higher resolution). However, waiting for the Mini would be a matter of several weeks, and the Dell Mini 10 (the other netbook I’ve been looking at), which has currently NO pricing or release date, begs the question of “next best thing:” it seems like there will always be one better model just over the horizon to wait for. That being said, do you consider the NC10 to be a mature enough model to have considerable sustainability in terms of model / design / features, or that the current netbook trend can only improve in the short term, and thus, I might be better off waiting for the HD version of the 2140, or the mini 10, or some new offering. I know this is a hard question 😛
Thank you for any help you can provide, and again, thanks to the creator, Jez, and the wonderful community members here.
ChrisJanuary 29, 2009 at 3:52 am #181745Camo YoshiMember
Check out http://www.sizeasy.com and enter in the dimensions of the NC10. 😉
The screen, I believe, is 10″.January 29, 2009 at 9:29 am #181744TCMuffinMember
Cool site Yoshi 🙂January 29, 2009 at 9:35 am #181742jezMember
I’d like to comment on 3.
I had waited for over a year before buying a netbook. I had looked at many models and all seemed to have some pretty big faults. Until the NC10 came along. It is my belief that it is a mature product and should provide everything you need from a UMPC. But then I would believe that because I went and bought one!
But from the point of view of regretting that decision or wishing for something else – I have no doubts at all that it was a good choice. Each time I hear of new features I just think ‘why would I need that’? Because the NC10 already does what I want and does it well.
I am not sitting here wishing the keyboard was different or it was faster and more responsive. I am not sitting here wishing it had x and y addons. It is just right!
I won’t be upgrading until touchscreen tablets are mature and cheap! I just can’t see why I’d need to right now. Or I might buy a new Sammy model down the line to review on this site if I convince enough people to buy through here ;)!
PS, glad you like the forum, thanks for your kind words.January 29, 2009 at 9:56 am #181743adatay92Member
2.) The NC10 has a matte screen. This means it’s not glossy and therefore isn’t prone to reflection as much as a glossy alternative. I find the screen on the NC10 bright and sharp and I much prefer it to netbooks with glossy screens where you have to turn the brightness up to try and counteract the glare!
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