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Samsung N120Part of Samsung's second generation of Netbooks, the N120 offers a generous keyboard and some unexpected audio power.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> I'm Dan Ackerman, and we're here taking a look at the Samsung N120. That's part of Samsung's second generation of Netbooks. Now, at this point in Netbook history, we've kind of boiled everything down to an Intel Atom CPU, usually a 160-gig hard drive, one gig of RAM, and Windows XP, so in order to make your Netbook stand out from the crowd, you kind of have to have a few points of differentiation. And the N120 has a couple of those. You'll see that it's a little bit wider than your average Netbook, and that's because they've taken a bigger keyboard, the kind that you'd find on a 12-inch ultra portable, and crammed it in here into this 10-inch form factor. That makes it a little bit wider, not quite as portable. But it's the best typing experience we've seen on Netbook so far, and if the tiny keyboard is what's been keeping you away from a Netbook, this is certainly worth trying out. You also don't think about sound very often on a Netbook. It's usually very tinny. This guy only has one, two speakers here, right next to the screen. And it also has that little sub-woofer down here. Now, it doesn't really add a lot of thump, but it's marginally better than what we've seen from other Netbooks, and even other small laptops. I wouldn't use it for playing music at your next house party, but for watching web videos, or showing a presentation off, it's definitely a step up from the super tinny, can barely hear it sound we've seen on a lot of these tiny systems. Now, if the system has a fatal flaw, it's that it's $469.00, which may not sound like a lot, but that's about $100.00 more than most of the Netbook competition. You can usually get a decent system for 350 to 399, Dell even hitting he 299 price point right now. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that's the Samsung N120. ^M00:01:30 [ Music ]