Samsung N220 review: Samsung N220

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This netbook comes pre-loaded with Windows 7 Starter. A 250GB hard drive provides plenty of storage considering the kind of light tasks this netbook is suited to. 

Familiar guts

So far, so good. Beneath the surface, however, things are considerably more boring. The N220 runs on a netbook-standard Intel Atom N450 CPU, clocked at 1.66GHz. Backed up by the customary 1GB of RAM, there's very little going on inside this machine that we haven't seen a dozen times before in similar devices.

That's not a huge drawback, though. The N220 will capably keep up with your Web-browsing and document-editing escapades, even if tasks such as playing games or watching high-definition video are beyond its capabilities. There's just nothing on offer that makes the N220 stand out above the hoard of similar machines. As it stands, the N220 achieved a thoroughly average score of 1,312 in the PCMark05 benchmark test, and a disappointing score of 155 when we ran 3DMark06.

Assault on battery

Samsung makes some very bold claims about the N220's battery life, boasting that you'll manage a competition-beating 12 hours of usage time away from the mains. We didn't get a chance to run our full suite of benchmark tests, but we'd be very surprised if its battery life wasn't similar to that of the Samsung N210, which lasted a whopping 7 hours and 20 minutes with the CPU running at full pelt.

Conclusion

The Samsung N220 isn't a particularly ambitious netbook, but it's a good machine nevertheless. You'll find better displays on other netbooks, but a supremely comfortable keyboard and trackpad, excellent battery life and a highly stylish appearance help the N220 stand out from the crowd. It's reasonably priced too.

If you require a higher-resolution display, check out the similarly priced and equally stylish, but decidedly glossy, Dell Mini 1012.

Edited by Charles Kloet 

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