The Samsung NB30 may have all the usual netbook specs including a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. But this netbook has a few features that make it a bit more durable than a typical netbook, including a free fall sensor that helps protect the hard drive in the event of a fall. The case also features a scratch-resistant design, and the keyboard is spill-resistant.
Samsung sent me a demo unit to review for a few weeks, and you can check out my unboxing and first look video after the break. (Sorry about the poor video quality, the sun was shining so brightly that I had a hard time seeing the LCD on the camera and didn’t notice the window shade cord in front of the camera).
At first glance, the keyboard looks virtually identical to the one of the Samsung N210 I reviewed recently. While it features decent sized keys, I have to say, I found typing on that netbook to be slightly less comfortable than on other 10 inch netbooks — although that’s probably a matter of taste.
I do really like the overall design of the Samsung NB30 though, which manages to come across as both semi-rugged, and still rather attractive.
Nice, I think it looks pretty neat too. The touch screen aspect is interesting too – is that present in this version?
I look forward to reading more 🙂
Nope, I don’t think the touchscreen model is available in the US. I honestly
don’t know why anyone would bother putting a touch display on a netbook that
doesn’t have a swiveling screen anyway.
It’s pretty simple, touch screens are more useful than touch pads. Especially with multi-touch and gesture controls. While swiveling screens are mainly if you want to flip the screen around and use it as a tablet.
I don’t know. It’s probably a matter of opinion, but I find it
extraordinarily uncomfortable to keep moving my hand up to the screen from
the keyboard instead of down to the touchpad. There’s a greater distance to
travel and it just slows me down.
Probably, though personally I would say that’s only if you always use it on a table, the reverse is true if it’s on your lap or you’re holding it with one hand for example. Also you can hunt and peck faster on the screen than having to scroll the mouse from the track pad when using button layout apps, not to mention the visual feed back for multi-touch applications to better see what you are doing.
The small touch pads on some netbooks are especially annoying and probably why there are so many touch screen kits for netbooks on eBay…
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