Samsung N230 review: Samsung N230

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent

Average User Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Matte screen can be used outdoors; great keyboard; long battery life.

The Bad Mediocre performance; unadventurous design.

The Bottom Line The Samsung N230 is a solid all-round netbook with excellent battery life.

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Looking at the Samsung N230, you could be forgiven for thinking it's yet another cookie-cutter netbook. And you'd be right -- there's not an awful lot that separates this machine from its numerous rivals. Still, at least it's not one of the rubbish netbooks. The N230 has an easy-to-use keyboard, a great, non-glossy screen and tremendous battery life, so it's worth its £330 price tag.

Deja view

The N230 isn't ugly by any stretch of the imagination, but it looks much the same as any of the Samsung netbooks currently on the market. It sports a familiar glossy black lid, the main function of which seems to be to attract fingerprint smudges. Samsung's used a slightly more attractive, matte black finish on the keyboard section, though, and a black, brushed-metal effect on the wrist pad, so it's not all bad news.

Key features

Keyboards are a real source of disappointment on many netbooks. Luckily, Samsung's fitted the N230 with a top-quality keyboard. It uses isolated keys, with each button surrounded by a small sea of plastic. There's plenty of room between every key and its neighbours, so it's easy to hit each button without striking adjacent ones.

Any port in a storm

The N230 doesn't pack many surprises as far as connectivity is concerned. It has one VGA video-output port, an Ethernet port, and headphone and mic jacks. Samsung's also thrown in an SD memory-card reader on the front edge, which works brilliantly for copying pictures over from a digital camera or mobile phone.

The isolated keys make it a pleasure to bash out missives.

The machine's USB ports are arguably the most interesting aspect of its connectivity. It has three of these but one can be used to charge your USB devices -- mobile phones, iPods and so on -- without the laptop being switched on. As you can imagine, this comes in handy when travelling, or when you don't want to have your laptop switched on simply to charge a gadget.

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Where to Buy

Samsung N230

Part Number: CNETSamsung N230

Typical Price: £330.00

See manufacturer website for availability.