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Samsung N130 Netbook Review

ajmatson    -   March 25, 2010
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The Samsung N130 comes in several colors including white/blue, white/pink, and black. Today, we are looking at the all black one, which has a sleek design that brings fashion as well as power. The Samsung N130 housing has a curved corner design which makes the aesthetics more appealing. The battery, when plugged in, is flush with the netbook and does not protrude like some of the other netbooks on the market, making them bulky. The battery included with the Samsung N130 is a 6 cell, which is designed to work with the power saving software, to give you plenty of power when using your netbook. On the top of the N130 is the Samsung logo and on the bottom are the model and Windows key stickers. There is also the memory port cover which is easily removed by taking out one screw and prying it up. This allows you to change the memory module on the one slot. The Samsung N130 supports a maximum of 2GB DDR2 memory in a single module design, which will run at 533MHz. On the inside, there is an Atom N270 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with a 512MB cache and 533MHz BUS speed and HyperThreading support. The chipset that powers the platform is the Intel 945GSE + ICH7M that also provides the GMA 950 integrated graphics. There is a 160GB hard drive that is large enough for your data or to dual boot if that is your thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the ports on the Samsung N130, there are enough for any situation that you may encounter. On the front of the device, there is the power switch and a3-in-1 media card reader which will support SD, SDHC, and MMC cards, which is perfect for your cameras. Along the left side, there are the audio in and out ports, a USB 2.0 port, which I find is perfect to use with external DVD drives since it keeps it out of the way of an external mouse, a VGA port, and the wired LAN port, which supports up to 100Mbs connections. There is also a wireless LAN chip integrated, which supports 802.11B/G/N connections. There isn't Bluetooth, sadly, which would have been a cheap addition to the unit. Along the right side of the netbook, there are two more USB 2.0 ports, a Kensington lock slot, and the power port.

 

 

 

Opening the Samsung N130 reveals some of the features that make it stand out. While being tiny and compact, it is large enough for even someone like me who has large hands.  I have been able to use this keyboard with little issue because of the 93% keyboard size and certain details such as large sized shift, enter, and backspace keys, as well as the 17.7mm key pitch. There is a scroll pad which has the ability to do multi-touch with supporting applications, such as graphic zooming and a single button which uses a rocker design to separate the left and right clicks. On the left of the touchpad, there is an integrated microphone which works great with the webcam for conferencing and general video chat - such as Yahoo or Skype. There are also five LEDs, which are indicators for the power, HDD activity, wireless LAN, and caps lock. The webcam is a .3MP camera, which is a bit under powered - however, it gets the job done and does it well. There is no software to just take pictures or video with the camera included, however, there are many freeware applications out there that get the job done.

 

 

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Netbook
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Operating Systems
  5. Testing: Cinebench, Excel 2007, & Geekbench
  6. Testing: ScienceMark & HD Tune
  7. Testing: Sandra 2009
  8. Testing: Battery Life & Extras
  9. Conclusion
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