Samsung N150 Review
The Samsung N150 is an ideal netbook for day-to-day use. First launched in July 2010 it is a popular addition to Samsung's line of portable computers. The latest model is the N150 plus, and the main advantage of the plus vs the standard N150 is a larger hard disk capacity of 250GB (The standard N150 typically has a 160GB hard disk).
As with most netbooks, the N150 is predominantly a plastic construction so it won't handle more than the most gentle of knocks. It has the distinct advantage of having a matt screen which is very good at minimising reflections. More and more netbooks and laptops choose to go with a glossy screen which, although provides excellent colour rendition, also tends to reflect the surrounding environment, particularly in bright light. The keyboard is excellent, well spaced out, nicely bevelled keys and satisfying to type with. One drawback with the N150 however is the size of it's trackpad and buttons. It seems to be noticeably smaller than many other netbook trackpads, which can make it a bit fiddly to use. A far cry from the trackpads of MacBook laptops which are huge in comparison.
Powered by an intel Atom N450 processor, the N150 can handle most tasks adequately however it's not uncommon to see the 'thinking' animation when looking through a web page with lots going on, or when switching between multiple applications. The 1GB of RAM is adequate, as well is the 160GB hard disk, but don't expect to be able to view 1080p video smoothly on a device such as this. The screen resolution is 1024x600, which again is adequate. It's possible to obtain a resolution of 1024x768 when plugging the device into an external display, but no larger than that.
When benchmark tested using the performance tester tool at passmark.com, the N150 achieved a score of 235 - the same score as the alternative Toshiba NB305. When benchmark tested against the more up-to-date Acer Aspire One D255, the N150 lost out to a score of 295. This isn't too surprising as the D255 uses the latest Atom N550 processor. In terms of actual performance however between machines, it's pretty hard to detect any difference.
The N150 is a well rounded netbook with a number of plus points. The only real drawback is the smaller touchpad compared to some other notebooks, even so, it is still perfectly usable. Highly recommended.
- Great screen
- Great keyboard
- Excellent sound