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We didn’t want to admit it, but it’s true: The Atom netbook market is a snooze. Netbooks based on Intel’s Atom platform (currently in its Pine Trail incarnation) ship with a 10.1-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, a 1.6GHz single-core Atom processor, Windows 7 Starter, blah blah blah. Netbooks with Nvidia’s Ion graphics architecture are more interesting, but they’re few and far between. At night, faint echoes from the ventilation shafts whisper of AMD’s forthcoming Atom smasher, code-named Ontario, which could signal a new dawn for the genre. But for now, the best we can hope for in this thoroughly commoditized market is a netbook that performs as well as its peers but looks good doing so. Samsung’s N210, which we reviewed in July, rocked a gorgeous Space Age aesthetic and a great keyboard but was packed to the exhaust ports with bloatware. The N230 has the same hardware, but in the slimmest, sleekest frame we’ve ever seen on a netbook. Where the N210 was Space Age, the N230 is pure modern. By eschewing the multilayer clear-on-white plastic shell of the N210 for a single-layer, slim black carapace, Samsung made the N230’s profile sleeker—at its thickest it’s still less than an inch thick, and most parts of it are three-quarters of that.
Over the past two years, Samsung has established itself as a major player in the netbook market, releasing a range of high-quality mini-laptops to great acclaim. The N230 is its latest effort and aims to provide a staggering 14-hours of mobility. While it falls slightly short of its target, it is nevertheless an excellent device for the frequent traveller. Ample mobility is provided by a large six cell battery. While running a range of office and multimedia applications concurrently, we were able to keep working for more than ten hours with ease. While this falls short of the promised 14-hours, it is an impressive result nonetheless. With the battery protruding 9mm from the base of the chassis, the keyboard is raised at an angle towards the user, making for a more comfortable typing angle. The keyboard is designed using the popular isolation-style, with each key cut through an individual hole in the chassis' top panel. Ample space is provided between each key and all keys move with a firm and responsive typing action. Ample protection This quality is continued across the rest of the 1.2kg chassis.