The Bottom Line
- Roomy and Comfortable Keyboard
- Six-Cell Battery That Is Very Compact
- Nice Rubberized Exterior Gives Good Grip
- More Expensive Than Similarly Equipped Netbooks
- Clean, Smooth Lines Disrupted by Large Raised Samsung Logo
- Intel Atom N270 Mobile processor
- 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.3" x 7.3" x 1.1" @ 2.7 lbs.
- Windows XP Home, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Samsung Go N310-13GBK 10.1-inch Netbook Laptop PC
Sep 3 2009 - Picking up the Samsung Go (N310), the unit has a very different feel because of the rubberized textured exterior. This actually provides it with a very non-slip surface that will prevent it from possibly slipping out of one's grip when pulling it out of the bag. It would have been nice to see Samsung go with a little more subdued logo design on the back instead of the company name in raised letters.
One of the best features of the Samsung Go is the keyboard. Samsung uses an isolated key design that spans the full width of the netbook and has a nice layout including full sized shift keys. This makes it extremely comfortable and easy to use. The trackpad and buttons essentially flow into the palm rests with a slight edge. At times the trackpad is too sensitive making accidental clicks when not wanted.
The 10.1-inch display of the Samsung Go is both good and bad. The glass covered display features an LED backlight that provides it with a bright and colorful display that is very attractive. The problem is the glass coating allows for a large number of reflections in certain lighting conditions. The brightness can be turned up to combat this, but it does lower the running time.
The six cell battery of the Samsung Go is very compact and only juts out slightly from the bottom. It does provide it with good battery life but it falls short of some models such as the ASUS 1005HA or the Toshiba NB205. In my video playback test, it was able to run for roughly 5 hours. This would provide roughly 8 hours of typical usage.
The biggest issue for the Samsung Go is the price. At $450, the netbook is just more expensive than similarly equipped models from their competitors. The keyboard and compact size may make up for the extra cost for some, but it really drags down an otherwise above average netbook.