Samsung NC110 review: Samsung NC110

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The Good Fairly cheap; dual-core processor; good keyboard and screen; impressive battery life.

The Bad No HDMI port.

The Bottom Line The Samsung NC110 is a great budget netbook, offering a classy design, excellent keyboard and a dual-core chip that ensures good performance when it comes to day-to-day tasks.

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8.3 Overall

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The 10.1-inch NC110 is the spiritual successor to Samsung's very first netbook, the popular NC10. Priced at around £280, it slots into the budget end of the market, but still has plenty of features tucked into its small frame, including a dual-core processor.

Gloss over it

Since launching the NC10 in 2009, Samsung has consistently managed to come up with stylish designs for its netbooks, and the NC110 is just the latest example. Available in a range of colours, including the eye-catching purple version we had in for review, it's a great-looking laptop with a classy glossy finish on the lid that's complemented beautifully by the all-white keyboard and palm rest. Viewed from the side, it has a swooping, curved profile that really looks the business.

Flip the lid open and you're met with a 10.1-inch display that has a narrower bezel than many competing netbooks. The screen is slightly unusual for a netbook too in that it has a matte finish that helps to pretty much eliminate screen reflections. As a result, it's much less tiring on your eyes if used under bright overhead lighting.

The display has a pretty standard netbook resolution of 1,024x600 pixels, but its viewing angles are quite wide, so you won't find yourself having to adjust it too often. It's bright and colours are fairly punchy too.

On the keyboard, Samsung has opted for isolated keys, with a fair amount of space between them. Because of this, accidentally hitting an adjacent key when hammering away at speed just isn't an issue. The keys have more travel than you'd think and they feel very responsive, so they're comfortable to type on. The layout is good too, with only some of the more minor punctuation keys reduced to two-thirds size. We're also fans of the trackpad -- at three inches across, it provides you with plenty of room to sweep the cursor around the screen.

The NC110's keyboard and trackpad are both excellent.

Like most budget netbooks, this one doesn't have an HDMI port, so instead you're limited to the VGA connector if you want to hook it up to a larger display. Nevertheless, it does have three USB ports and one of these supports 'sleep and charge'. This allows you to charge portable devices, such as digital cameras, while the laptop is turned off.

As you'd expect, there's an Ethernet jack and Wi-Fi built in, although, sadly, there's no Bluetooth support. Under the front lip, on the right-hand side, you'll find an SD card reader, and the 250GB hard drive provides a decent amount of space for storing documents and media files.

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