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Samsung N110 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £350
inc VAT


10.1 in 1,024×600 display, 1.3kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

Samsung’s N110, like the N120, is a successor to the company’s NC10, the winner of our last netbook round-up.

This model is very similar to the N120, but has a slightly smaller keyboard and stereo speakers instead of a 2.1 set. Although not quite as stylish as the N310, the N110 still looks great thanks to its glossy black lid and red trim. It’s not available in white like the N120 and NC20, though.

The keys aren’t as large as those on the N120 and don’t give quite as much feedback, but they’re still large and responsive enough for comfortable touch-typing. A standard layout is used, but the tab and cursor keys are a little small. The touchpad is accurate and reasonably large, although the pivoting button is a little small and feels slightly spongy.

Unsurprisingly, the 10in glossy widescreen display looks almost identical to the screens on Samsung’s two other 10in netbooks here. Although it’s not as dark as the IdeaPad’s screen, it looks a little gloomy next to the startlingly bright displays on Acer’s Aspire One D250 and Mesh’s Neo.

The N110’s stereo speakers are reasonably loud, but sound very muddy. Although the N120’s 2.1 speakers sound clearer and better balanced, they aren’t as loud and still have weak bass so their absence from the N110 isn’t a huge loss. A good pair of headphones is essential for enjoying music and video for any extended amount of time.

We were hugely impressed with the N110’s extraordinary battery life; it lasted nearly nine- and-a-half hours in our light-usage battery test. This is not only the longest time in this test, but also one of the longest times for any portable computer we’ve ever seen. It’s long enough to last a transatlantic flight with time to spare. The rest of the N110’s specification is in line with what we’d expect from a netbook at this price, although the memory card reader supports only SDHC and MMC cards.

Samsung’s N110 might seem expensive, but the nine-hour battery life means it’s a brilliant choice if you travel a lot.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Atom N270
Processor clock speed 1.6GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 1
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 37x262x184mm
Weight 1.3kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 14W
Power consumption active 18W


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024×600
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 160GB
Optical drive model none
Optical drive type N/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g
PC Card slots none
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC
Other ports none


Carrying case Yes
Operating system Windows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore option restore partition, restore disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £350

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