Old netbooks don’t ever die. They just end up getting promoted by wireless broadband providers. The latest case in point? WiMAX service provider Clear is offering a Samsung NC10 netbook with an integrated 4G WiMAX modem. The NC10 was released in 2008 and Samsung had largely replaced it with the Samsung N110/N120 series. This month, the company launched its even newer line of netbooks with Intel Atom Pineview processors, making the NC10 seem even more dated.
That said, the NC10 is a nice little 10 inch laptop, and with up to 6 hours of run time on a charge, it was one of the top contender for netbook battery champ of 2008.
The laptop has a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display. 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU. If you sign up for a 2 year plan with Clear, you can pick up the NC10 for $199.99 plus tax.
Clear service runs $45/month with no data caps, although the first six months are just $30/month. That means that over the course of the 2 year contract, this Samsung NC10 would end up costing you about $1190. That’s not cheap, but it’s actually a pretty good deal compared to most of the subsidized, 3G-enabled netbooks out there. Of course, you’re taking a slight gamble in betting that Clear and/or WiMAX will still be around in two years… but what’s the worst that could happen? You get out of your contract early?