The Samsung N150 is the cheapest 10 inch netbook the company has released so far this year. But the company hasn’t been shy about sprucing things up with a few custom models, like a kid-friendly version, a colorful Corby edition, and an Adidas-themed model. Now Samsung is introducing the Samsung N150 Plus, a model that will be sold exclusively through Best Buy stores in the US.
Laptop Magazine has reviewed the new model, and spells out the features that set the N150 Plus apart from the original Samsung N150, including:
- A higher capacity 250GB hard drive
- A new power management utility to prolong battery life
- A new lid design
- Microsoft 2010 Starter Edition comes pre-installed
Laptop Mag reports that the battery lasted for 7 hours and 12 minutes, which is just 13 minutes longer than the battery life they got from a standard Samsung N150. But that’s probably because the new power management utility kicks in most when the computer is in sleep, rather than when you’re using it. You should be able to leave the computer in sleep mode for longer while losing less power. At least that’s the idea.
Probably the main reason to spring for the $372 Samsung N150 Plus instead of the original N150 which sells for about $40 to $50 less is that the N150 Plus comes with Office 2010 Starter. But the Starter Edition only comes with Word and Excel. If you want PowerPoint or more advanced features, you’re going to need to shell out $150 or so to upgrade. You could also use Office Web Apps online for free, or install OpenOffice.org or another free office suite if you’re not too concerned with making sure your office software is 100% compatible with docs created using Microsoft Office.