The Samsung N120 has one of the largest keyboards you’ll find on a netbook with a 10 inch display. It’s nearly the same size as a full sized laptop keyboard. But in order to accommodate the keyboard, Samsung made the N120 a bit wider than most netbooks as well. But that doesn’t necessarily make the N120 the biggest, heaviest netbook around.
In fact, it’s almost exactly the same size as the Asus Eee PC 1000H, which I’ve been happily carrying in my backpack for the past half year or so. To give you an idea of how the netbooks compare, I shot a few photos of the two laptops side by side. While the N120 is a bit wider, it’s a bit thinner than the Eee PC 1000H and it looks even smaller when you open it up, since the screen folds down behind the keyboard to save some vertical space.
The Samsung N120 also weighs less than the Eee PC 1000H. The Asus netbook weighs 3.2 pounds, while the Samsung N120 weighs just 2.8 pounds. Both laptops have 6 cell batteries.
Both laptops also have fairly sizable screen bezels around a 10 inch display, but the Samsung N120 uses that space to house the speakers. The netbook isn’t necessarily louder than the Asus Eee PC 1000H, which has speakers on the bottom of the laptop. But the sound is a bit cleaner, and there’s even a 1.5W subwoofer on the bottom of the Samsung netbook to provide a bit of a bass boost. I’ll see if I can’t figure out a good way to demonstrate the sound differences in another post.
You can see more photos of the two netbooks side by side after the break.
can you boot from an external hard drive or usb?
i know its a silly question but the hp mini 2140 (the hd version) could only boot from its sd slot or usb cdrom and only if it was <= 2gig. hp tech support said it was a built in limit.
how far back can you fold its screen? the hp mini doesnt fold back far enough at some angles and thats really annoying.
It goes back pretty far. I’d say to the point where it makes a roughly 45
degree angle. I’ll try to remember to upload a photo with the screen folded
back when I get a chance.
After complaining about blubber books, I probably will buy later today a fat Asus Eee PC 1000HE. Any last-minute suggestions about an alternative? The reason for my sudden decision: my full-sized desktop died on Sunday, and my ancient 12-inch Powerbook has now become my desktop. With the Asus or some other netbook, I hope to get by with the small displays. Whether this will work (three book contracts), I don’t know but shall give it a try. In practice, I don’t do much travel beyond a few local libraries and archives, so. 3.2 lbs. should work (and it should be better for serious word processing than some lighter netbooks).
i prefer the asus device, cause i dont like the glossy display it is not useable when you outside. the ssd on jkk website is amazing, waiting for more esp. for a 1.8 incher. 🙂
Ya gotta hurry over to JKK mobile and check out the awsome RunCore SSD video and numbers there. UMPCportal also reporting on these lightning quick SSDs.
Tell em to test a LINUX boot and run in the videos too! Something heavy like the new KDE uses a lot of resources. OR something quick like crunchbang for testing.
how are the noise levels?
I gave away an Eee PC1000HE because the fan was way, way too loud. I now use a N120, and it’s completely silent. Probably my favourite machine ever — and I’ve owned a *lot* of laptops.
Noise? I own the n120 and I somtimes forget its on because its so quiet…
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