The Bottom Line
- Anti-Glare Screen
- Above Average Build Quality
- Thin Profile
- Smaller Sized Hard Drive
- SD Cards Stick Out
- More Expensive Than Many Similarly Equipped Models
- Intel Atom N450 Single Core Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
- Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.4" x 7.4" x 1.1" @ 2.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Starter
Guide Review - Samsung N150 10.1-inch Netbook PC
Aug 27 2010 - Samsung's N150 netbook is designed to be the most affordable of their models. It is geared more towards consumers than their other models. This means it lacks some of the more advanced features such as an anti-slip texture of the more expensive N310 model. Even without this, the N150 has one of the better overall better build qualities found on the market and this might explain its slightly more expensive $330 price tag.
The Samsung N150 is powered by the same Intel Atom N450 mobile processor that is so prevalent through the netbook market. There isn't really any major performance increases over previous generation of Atom processors as it was much more focused on power efficiency. It will work just fine for basic productivity, media streaming and internet applications but multitasking is definitely not something to consider without upgrading the memory from the 1GB limited by the OS license.
Most Windows 7 Starter based netbooks have moved to the larger 250GB hard drive allowed by its license but Samsung has decided to keep the N150 with a smaller 160GB to try and keep costs down. This is disappointing because the base price of the netbook ends up being similar to what many companies are offering with 250GB drives. Another disappointing aspect of the storage is that the media card slot does not allow an SD card to fully slide into the slot leaving it sticking out the side which is a major annoyance.
While the storage features may be somewhat annoying, the display is one of the best overall features. Most companies have been using glossy coatings on their netbook displays because they let more color and brightness come from the display. The downside is that they are very difficult to use outdoors. Samsung has elected to use a display featuring an anti-glare coating that allows it to be used outdoors or in difficult indoor lighting. It uses the typical Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics that lack the performance for streaming HD video or any sort of 3D gaming.
Powering the Samsung N150 is a six-cell battery pack with a 4400mA rating. This is smaller than the large packs in some of the class leading netbooks for running time but it does have a more compact and flush design that gives it a very slim profile and lighter weight. In my video streaming playback tests, the system was able to run for roughly four and three quarter hours. This should translate to about six hours or more typical usage and is quite decent.
The keyboard and trackpad design of the N150 retains much of the same layout and design of Samsung's previous designs. The isolated key design is comfortable to work with and they keyboard layout is quite good. It would be nice to see a bit more spacing between the keys but it works. The trackpad is a bit smaller than many other companies but it is responsive and has two separate buttons unlike many new integrated designs.