Samsung NC20

The Good Bigger screen than standard Netbooks; new Via Nano CPU.

The Bad Larger size sacrifices some portability; very basic port selection.

The Bottom Line The 12-inch Samsung NC20 holds its own in the first Netbook showdown between Via's new Nano CPU and Intel's popular Atom.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Battery 8.0
  • Support 6.0
7.2 Overall

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Review

Samsung NC20

Editors' note: The U.S. version of the Samsung NC20 is now available through online retailers for $549.

Samsung's NC20 stands out from the crowd in two very important ways. First, it's one of only a handful of 12-inch Netbooks (the best-known example being Dell's Vista-addled Mini 12); secondly, it's the first laptop we've tested with Via's Nano CPU, intended as an alternative to Intel's popular Atom processor.

The Atom is found in virtually every other Netbook, so it's always good to see some competition, and the new Nano managed to fight Intel to a tie, beating it in some benchmarks and falling behind in others--but keep in mind the Nano was powering a larger screen with a higher resolution. We look forward to seeing the Nano in other systems, especially if it can undercut Intel's Atom pricing and bring Netbook costs down even more.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Samsung
  • Type Nano
  • Installed Size 1024 MB
  • Edition Windows XP Home Edition
  • Capacity 160 GB
  • Diagonal Size 12.1 in
  • Chipset Type VIA VX800
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