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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.

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11 replies on “Samsung NC110 unboxing and first look – video”

  1. At this point does anybody wish to spend close to $300 on an atom ccomputer with those failed specs from 2 years ago? For me the answer is no…give me AMD fusion or INTEL ulv`s.

  2. wow, you get great demo units. Obviously, you don’t return them nor do the manufacturers want their item back. I used to review items for a newspaper and I know, everything given for reviews are most of the time kept by the reporter.

    So why do you give crappy gifts like 2GB thumbdrives in your giveaways?

    1. I don’t know what newspaper you wrote for or what items you were reviewing, but I’ve had to return every computer I’ve reviewed except for a handful of models I have given away to readers including an HP Mini 110, HP Mini 310 and WiiPad tablet.

    2. Wow. Someone complains about free giveaways.
      Seriously, no one is entitled to free giveaways. You should be glad that Brad actually takes the time to review these gadgets and posts his impressions on a blog that he set up so that we, as readers, do not have to do anything or pay anything except for a few clicks on our keyboard.

      Oh and if you don’t like the giveaways then don’t enter. I don’t need it either so I didn’t enter, but I don’t complain about free stuff that I don’t need.

      Keep up the good work.

      1. Thanks tsog. I normally don’t bother to defend myself from this kind of complaint, but I wanted to point out that as common sense would dictate, companies don’t send me free computers to keep.

        I was surprised to learn that less expensive items are usually given away to tech journalists, such as USB disc drives, graphics cards, and the like. Under some situations, I suppose it makes sense to hang onto them for a while for further testing and to compare performance with other devices from other manufacturers. But I can’t help but feel like it influences your opinions and your writing when you have the kind of relationship with a company where they let you keep anything you review. So when I do get anything worth more than, say, a USB flash drive, I make a point of giving it away. In fact, I’m giving away flash drives, because I’ve collected far too many of them with digital press kits and now they’re littering my shelf.

        For what it’s worth, most tech bloggers and journalists that I know don’t get free computers either. They either get companies to loan them demo units, or if they can afford it, they go out and buy the products that they test.

        1. that is very true Brad, one eventually becomes biased. I did. You are indeed on the right track to objective reporting and journalism.

          Btw, if you write for influential publications, they do allow you to keep. After all, its peanuts for them. But honestly, the tech bloggers you know, may not be that honest with you for fear of losing face and pride to you. Most of the time, the company just ask you to keep the unit.

          To big companies, “giving away” a few hundred sets promote goodwill and of course, “good reviews”.

  3. Samsung got vision coming out with matte display. Asus on the other hand, lack any brains, keep coming out with glossy displays which everyone hates

    1. You do know Asus Eee PC’s started with Matte, still offered Matte versions when they started to switch to glossy, and then switched back with the newest model series like the 1015 series was pretty much all Matte except for a few models like the AMD Fusion 1015B?

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