CNET First Look
Samsung N310Samsung brings a cool, unique design to a standard Netbook configuration with the N310--too bad it's so expensive.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> I'm Dan Ackerman, and we are here taking a look at the Samsung Go N310. Now, you might think you've seen one netbook, you've seen them all. And if you're talking about the basic load out of Intel Atom N270 processor, a 160-gig hard drive, 1 gig of RAM, and Windows XP, well then you're right. That's what's in 95 percent of netbooks, and that's what this guy has. Once you have those basic building blocks -- I mean points of differentiation are price and design, and Samsung has definitely put some interesting stuff into the design. It's got kind of a retro, futuristic vibe. We like the rounded corners, the black inlay with the kind of cool bold bright orange outlay. It kind of looks like a piece of vintage '70 electronics hardware. Keyboard; nice, big flat keys, widely spaced. We like that. The display of that kind of cool edge-to-edge glass. It all so looks good, even though it's a little bit glarey like that. Touchpad's a decent size, but it's got that single rocker bar for the left and right mouse buttons. We hate that. We much prefer separate, distinct, nicely sized left and right mouse buttons. Now, it's interesting that a lot of the port to connections are sort of inset a little bit. I guess to keep them a little safer. However, this VGA output on this side is covered with a little rubber cover that's just gonna pop off and get lost at the first opportunity. So if the Samsung Go works fine as a netbook and looks pretty cool, then what's' the problem? Well, you can get pretty much the same specs in a netbook that's like $299.00. This guy lists at $479.00. You can get a little bit cheaper if you look around online. We're always willing to pay a little bit of a premium for a really cool design, but that's quite a premium. I'm Dan Ackerman. That's the Samsung Go N310. ^M00:01:39 [ Music ]