The Good Sturdy design; cool color palette; matte screen.
The Bad Narrow touch pad with flimsy buttons; cramped keyboard; merely average battery life.
The Bottom Line Samsung's solid N150 Netbook feels very roadworthy, but other Netbooks have a longer battery life.
While its components inside may be the standard configuration for stock Netbooks, Samsung's new N150 version of its minilaptop line at least stands out from the crowd with a unique design. The back of its lid--a deep red that fades to black at the edges--calls to mind a sunburst guitar finish and is a nice chance of pace from the basic black we're used to seeing in most Netbooks.
At $349, The N150 falls into the same price range as other retail fixed configuration Netbooks we've reviewed. It costs about $50 more than entry-level $299 models, but for the same price, you can also get the Asus Eee PC 1018 that offers similar components, but a slimmer profile and a more upscale brushed-metal look, as well as more than 30 minutes of additional battery life.
Despite its price, if the bold colorful design of the N150 appeals to you, this is a perfectly capable Netbook at a reasonable price.
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