The past couple of years have seen technology evolve in leaps and bounds, and netbooks have certainly seen their fair share of changes. Samsung Philippines, never one to be left behind, releases another contender in the already flooded category with the N150. It has all the bells and whistles expected of it and of course, its own set of pros and cons.
This 10.1-inch little nettie hits the mark when it comes to portability and aesthetics. Clad in basic black and with a smaller profile compared to other models, it proves that the classic, understated look always works best. It has a solid feel and definitely looks as though it can take the bumps and knocks that come with a mobile lifestyle.
The keyboard is a disappointment. It's too cramped, and using it calls for a lot of adjustments from touch typists. Fortunately, the touch pad, while on the small side, lets users do multitouch gestures.
The LED anti-reflective display makes it possible to use the netbook even in broad daylight, and the 3W stereo speakers does a good job in blaring out audio at full blast.
Under the hood, the N150 has everything you can expect from today's netbooks: Intel Atom N450 processor, ample graphics capabilities and hard disk space, the necessary ports, and connectivity options. Battery life does not live up to the proclaimed 8.5 hours, but then again, 5-6 hours of continuous use is good enough, especially for netbooks. However, the N150 does heat up easily, so don't let it stay on your lap for too long.
Despite the Windows 7-Intel Atom processor tandem, this netbook is sluggish at times, with the lag between the splash screen and the main interface lasting for nearly a minute in one instance. Heck, the first time we powered it up, it took us half an hour to get it in working order. Blame it on the bloatware and the finicky setup options.
Samsung does have Update Plus, which automatically looks for software and driver updates, but it's not going to instantly turn the N150 into Usain Bolt's computing counterpart. Besides Update Plus, the N150 comes with other brand-specific software. Easy Resolution Manager, AnyPC, and Recovery Solution 4 are just some of the included proprietary programs.
Samsung is on the right path with its new netbooks, including the N150. Except for the cramped keyboard and slow performance, it's another decent option for those who are always on the go.
Click N150 to see the Samsung N150 in the Buyer's Guide.