I got a chance to check out a pre-production unit of the Samsung NF210 netbook today. This mini-laptop was first announced way back in… well, yesterday. But it won’t hit the streets in the US for another few weeks, and I learned today that it will actually be a Sam’s Club exclusive in the States, where you’ll be able to pick this curvy netbook up for $379.99.

The Samsung NF210 has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, and one of the most unusual designs I’ve seen in a netbook, with a curved body and a recessed keyboard situated between two fins, waves, or whatever you want to call them. While I’m not 100% sold on the overall design, which serves to make the netbook a bit wider than many others in its class, there are a few things I really like about this and other Samsung netbooks.

First, Samsung added a thin lip to the top of the display, which makes it much easier to grab and open the lid when the laptop is closed. Second, the touchpad is perfectly level with the palm rest area around it, but thanks to a bumpy textured surface, you can easily detect the edges of the touch area without looking down at your fingers. Third, the display is matte, which makes it easier to see in direct sunlight.

Probably the most compelling feature of this 10 inch netbook though, is its battery. Samsung is shipping the NF210 with a 6 cell, 8850mAh battery which the company says should provide up to 14 hours of run time. I’ll be putting that claim to the test when I receive a review unit later this month, but it’s a pretty bold claim, even as other netbook makers push their run times past the 10 hour mark.

You can check out more hands-on photos of the Samsung NF210 below. I’ve been told that the color scheme isn’t final. The finished product will have an “espresso” color scheme.

Samsung will also soon launch the NF310 netbook in the US. That model will be physically quite similar to the NF210, but it will have a metallic finish (although it will still have a plastic case). The Samsung NF310 will also have a dual core Intel Atom N550 processor and a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. Final pricing for that model hasn’t been set, but Samsung says it will likely cost $429 or less. Unlike the NF210, the NF310 will be available through a variety of retailers.

Samsung also plans to continue offering the Samsung N150 netbook for customers that don’t feel like visiting Sam’s Club or paying more for snazzy design elements and extra battery life. The Samsung N150 has a MSRP of $349, but it regularly sells for far less than that.

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12 replies on “Hands on with the Samsung NF210”

  1. i bought my notebook last week and it’s a little bet slow

    how do i make faster …. is it something has to do with the resize memory or harddrive …. please help thnx

  2. I’ve got my samsung NF210 just yesterday with a processor of Intel Atom 550.. it’s great for a notebook.. good also for a matte display screen because when lights hits the screen you can still see the display.. I’m glad to have my first netbook with also a 2gb ram.

  3. Just recieved my 2 that I ordered and I am Sooooo happy with the little netbook. Love it!!!!!!

  4. Just thought I would mention that the CANADIAN spec NF210 actually has a dual core ATOM N550… bizarre right? But good luck finding one… they are basically all sold out at Best Buy and it’s Canadian sister Future Shop. Here is the link to the Canadian specs:

    https://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/office/mobile-computing/netbook/NP-NF210-A01CA/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&tab=specification

    Seems like you’re getting hosed down south, because you need the NF310 to get the N550… ahh, but then you also lose battery life with the ‘better’ display. The Canadian spec NF210 still has the 1024 x 600, which probably makes the netbook an extremely great deal (It was able to be had for $279.99 CAD at one point)

    Crazy trying to sort this all out… I really would like a Canadian spec NF210, but I may take an N210 for $299 which comes with a free external writer from NCIX

  5. “two fins, waves, or whatever you want to call them”

    I thought that this was purely aesthetic (and 2D rather than 3D), but your comment about the lip on the display got me thinking. Don’t you think these “fins” are there to facilitate the holding/carrying of the laptop. It would seem to give your thumb a point of contact with which to apply torque when gripping the laptop from either side. This would address what I’ve always seen as an issue with the one-handed holding of laptops/netbooks in the open position. Since you’ve actually touched it, could this be possible?

    1. That might actually help with the grip, but I didn’t get the sense from the
      Samsung reps I met with that there was any functionality in the fins. I
      think it was mostly an aesthetic decision.

    2. That might actually help with the grip, but I didn’t get the sense from the
      Samsung reps I met with that there was any functionality in the fins. I
      think it was mostly an aesthetic decision.

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