Samsung N130 Netbook Reviewajmatson - March 25, 2010
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I could not wait to break the netbook out of the box and start playing with it. To test this netbook, there are a series of benchmarks that I will run that will stress it and find out how it stands up to the rigorous uses on the processor and system as a whole. To put a comparison on how it stands up among other mobile devices, I will also include the scores of a Samsung Notebook and the new HP Mini 311, which is a new netbook with the NVIDIA ION GPU. All items will be run at their stock speeds, voltages, timings, and settings to keep any interference from messing with the scores or outcome.
- Model: Samsung N130 Black
- Processor: Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6GHz
- Motherboard: Intel GMA 945GSE + ICH7M
- Memory: 2GB OCZ DDR2-533 Single Channel
- Hard Drive: 160GB 2.5" 5400RPM
- Samsung Q310-34P (Intel P8400 2.26GHz Dual Core, 3GB DDR2-800, Intel GMX4500, 320GB 4500RPM HDD)
- HP Mini 311 (Ion Based) with HDD upgraded to a Mushkin Io series SSD
- Excel 2007
- HD Tune
- Sandra 2009
With this being a Netbook, your computing resources are limited, so finding the best balance between the hardware and software takes a lot of work. The Samsung N130 comes preloaded with Windows 7 Starter edition, which, while a great operating system, is limited from the full version of Windows 7 - including locking the desktop wallpaper, limiting Aero features, and more. You also have the ability to perform a Windows Anytime Upgrade to another version of Windows 7, by either ordering a key through their website or by entering a valid upgrade key that you have purchased elsewhere. Within a few minutes, the upgrade will be completed and it will restart with the new version of Windows 7 installed. You also have other operating systems you can install, such as Linux if that is your flavor. Below is a screen shot of Ubuntu 9.10 running on the Samsung N130 Netbook. You can install any version you wish, however, be mindful of driver issues as the Realtek card used with the N130 was not automatically recognized by Ubuntu and I had to download and compile a driver for the wireless network to use it on my own.
Now that we have the netbook set up and looked at, we can start the testing of it.