Samsung N130 Netbook Reviewajmatson - March 25, 2010
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I have been using the Samsung N130 for some time now and, while having an aging Atom processor, it still is powerful enough for my every-day usage. I have actually replaced my larger laptop with this netbook when I travel about. The only issues I have had are the flash video playback from internet sites. As everyone knows, the Adobe Flash codec is not yet optimized for netbooks (other than those with Ion Graphics such as the Mini 311), however, other video files play just fine - even at full screen. For productivity, I have been running Photoshop, Office 2007, and Dreamweaver on the Samsung N130 and it keeps asking for more. Since I upgraded to Windows 7 Professional, I have been able to use the full potential of the netbook for my everyday business and leisure tasks. What I used to need several devices to do, such as troubleshooting and fixing networks and servers, I have been able to consolidate using the Samsung N130. The battery life on this is awesome and, when managed right, gets me five to six hours. I plan in the future to install an SSD into the netbook and expect to see better performance and battery life out of it when I do. The only thing I would like to have seen added to this device is integrated Bluetooth, so that users can sync to their phones and transfer files or even use it for a modem connection between their phones and the netbook. The Samsung N130 Black Netbook, at the time of the review, has been seen for as little as $249 at Best Buy, which makes it very competitive given the performance that it does offer with the mobility. If you are looking for a low cost solution, I would highly recommend you look into the Samsung N130 netbook.
- Excellent battery life over five hours
- Decent price to performance ratio
- Inexpensive at under $300
- No integrated bluetooth