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Samsung N140 review: Samsung N140

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The Good Good build quality; fantastic battery life.

The Bad Offers nothing new in terms of netbook technology.

The Bottom Line Although the Samsung N140 looks rather dated compared to the new generation of netbooks from the likes of Acer and Asus, it's still a solid performer at a reasonable price. The N140's battery life is among the best you can expect to find too. This netbook comes highly recommended if you need a machine that can last all day away from the mains

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Samsung continues to refine, rather than redesign, its netbooks. The two latest additions to its N series, the 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.

Déjà vu
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' Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, 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.

Crisp screen
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.

The N140 may look rather dated compared to the latest models from Asus and Acer, but it's still very attractive

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.

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