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Samsung NS310 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £350
inc VAT

A beautifully designed netbook, but battery life isn't great. The NC110 is a better choice for £70 less


10.1 in 1,024×600 display, 1.3kg, 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550, 1.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Starter 32-bit


Despite the limited resolution, image quality is better than the NC110’s screen, partly due to the glossy finish which makes colours more vibrant. Its native contrast is better, as long as you tilt the screen carefully so that you’re looking at it square-on: vertical viewing angles are tight. The backlight is brighter and more even, and colours looked far more natural.

Samsung NS310 keyboard

Samsung hasn’t taken advantage of the entire width of the case for the keyboard, so it felt a bit cramped. The keys have a light action but are smaller than we’d like, and there are some flaws in the layout, notably the left Shift key. It’s half the width it should be, so we kept hitting the adjacent backslash key. The touchpad is small but responsive, and the single see-saw button has a light action. It’s flush with the case however, so your thumb can’t always find it by touch.

Samsung NS310 right ports

Although it has a larger hard disk and a prettier design, the NS310 isn’t as good as the Samsung NC110, which is £70 cheaper. Plus, if you’re considering spending £350 on a netbook, you might be better off with a tablet, such as the Asus Eee pad Transformer. This is far lighter and has a higher screen resolution.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Atom N550
Processor clock speed 1.5GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 31x275x188mm
Weight 1.3kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024×600
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3150
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 64MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £350

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