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Samsung continues to refine, rather than redesign, its N130 and N140, owe much to existing models in the range, and are essentially the same as each other, especially in terms of appearance. The N140 adds Bluetooth, stereo speakers and a bigger battery, and is more expensive as a result. It's available for around £310.. The two latest additions to its N series, the
If you've seen one 10-inch netbook, you've seen them all. The N140 does nothing to advance netbook design. It's slightly more compact and lighter than the N120, but you'd need to see the two models side by side to really spot the changes. The case profile has been tweaked ever so slightly and the black model (a white version is also available) has a silver trim running around the edge of the keyboard. Although chunky compared to the likes of Asus' , the N140 is still one of the better-looking netbooks around, and the glossy black lid combines well with the matte black finish on the rest of the machine.
The 10.1-inch screen sits on stiff, wobble-free hinges, but the lid doesn't go far enough back to give a comfortable viewing angle with the N140 on your lap, unless you slouch a little. The vertical viewing angle is wide enough to stop this from being a big problem though, and the 1,024x600-pixel matte screen displays a bright, crisp image.
As with other N-series netbooks, there's a keyboard shortcut to turn off the backlight. You won't be able to see what's on the screen, although the image is still there, but it's a more convenient power-saving method than setting the display to shut off automatically after a minute or two of idle time.
The keyboard is just shy of full-size and the layout is sensible, with a double-height, although narrow, return key. The other keys are a good size too, and seem to have slightly more travel than those on the N120.
The matte black trackpad sits flush with the wrist rest, but is framed by a silver lip that acts as a tactile barrier. This lip sits too high along the bottom edge though, interfering slightly with the single, narrow strip of plastic that forms the mouse buttons. That really is the only complaint we can level at the N140's input options though, and Samsung has done a pretty good job all in all.