Samsung quietly introduced the Samsung NC110 netbook along with a few other models at CES in January. On paper the netbook doesn’t look all that different from models introduced by Samsung last year. It has a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 single core processor, a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel matte display, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and runs Windows 7 Starter Edition. But the new model features a slightly refined design.
The back of the netbook has a sort of sloped look, with the bottom of the screen bezel resting behind the keyboard. The bezel is also relatively thin — a feature Samsung highlights in the packaging, although it’s not necessarily one of the first things I woudl have noticed.
The island-style keyboard is well laid out and comfortable to use, and the touchpad has a nice finish — although I wouldn’t mind seeing two distinct buttons instead of a single button for left and right clicks below the touchpad.
Samsung is one of the few netbook makers that continues to release new models with matte displays, which improves screen visibility in bright sunlight. I wouldn’t really want to use any netbook without a Pixel Qi or similar display while sitting on a park bench on a sunny day. But when I pointed the Samsung NC110 screen at my bright window, the screen didn’t turn into a mirror.
You can check out my unboxing and first look video after the break. I’ll have more details about this netbook once I’ve had more time to put it through the paces.
The Samsung NC110 is available from J&R for $289.