Samsung N310 netbook: Kills germs fast

Samsung has announced a 10-inch netbook for May. The N310 has a 93 per cent-sized keyboard, and also disposes of nasties

Samsung has announced a 10-inch netbook that, among other things, kills bacteria. The N310 has been styled by award-winning Japanese designmeister Naoto Fukasawa and will presumably be welcomed with open -- but latex-gloved -- arms by OCD sufferers.

It boasts a frameless 10-inch screen and pebble design keyboard, which Samsung reckon is 93 per cent of the size of a desktop keyboard for easy typing.

Samsung N310

The N310 weighs 1.2kg with a four-cell battery, which Samsung claims will give you up to 5 hours without busting out some mains supply. Battery savings are made by the LED display and optimised performance from the Intel Atom processor.

It'll ship with Windows XP Home Edition, so it doesn't overtax the 1GB of RAM. Other features include a 160GB hard drive, a 1.3-megapixel camera and a three-in-one memory card reader. You get no less than three USB ports and the option of Bluetooth.

As if that wasn't enough, it also "uses the latest medical technology" to smear the keys with a "special finish" that makes it "almost impossible for bacteria to live and breed". We don't recommend using it to clean your toilet, however. The N310 will be available in May. No word on price yet, but we'll keep you posted. If you'll excuse us, we're off to wash our hands again.

Update: The N310 will be on sale for around £399.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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