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What do you do when you want to catch the eye of people torn between the growing domination of tablets such as the Apple iPad 2 or Motorola Xoom and a much more user-friendly, but far less trendy, netbook? You bring out a netbook that's so cheap you can't possibly pass it by – and that's exactly what Samsung has done with its NC110.It's a real foot in the door of the market at £236 – cheaper than the likes of the Asus Eee PC 1018P, the Packard Bell Dot SE or even the Acer Aspire One 522. In fact, it's the cheapest netbook around.But does that price mean it's a bag of bolts? Actually no, not in the slightest. One of the most surprising things about the Samsung NC110 is that it's been superbly put together and the materials are of a high grade. You honestly wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this – a PC from the bottom of Samsung's range – and one of its premium laptops, such as the Samsung SF310. It's an amazing feat, then, that the NC110 is also ultra slim, light and nicely designed, with a thoughtful location of buttons and ports, as well as a choice of different colours for the base and lid.
Although Samsung arrived late in the netbook sector, it made quite an impact when it did get there with the release of the NC10, a landmark product in its time. Two years down the line, here's its successor, the NC110. Faced with an ever growing choice of netbooks, will the NC110 have what it takes to be as successful as its forebear? In spite of having an entirely plastic casing, the NC110 doesn't look cheap. It's well finished overall with good quality plastics. In its white version (the one we tested), the contour of the panel is the only area that picks up finger marks. You have to be more careful with the black model, which is more susceptible to getting grubby. This 10.1 inch has a chiclet keyboard. The keys are well proportioned and well positioned. They make for supple, instinctive, agreeable keying and you'll find you don't make too many errors. Samsung has, however, had to reduce the size of the arrow keys to fit everything in and this is the main downside to the keyboard. We were impressed with the touchpad. There were no problems with the glide and it's fine to the touch. It is a perfectly respectable size, given the size of the NC110 itself.
Netbooks are so formulaic these days, it's difficult to stand out from the crowd. Samsung, in a small way, has managed that with the $330 (price as of May 11, 2011) NC110. With only the standard netbook 10.1-inch display, the typical 250GB hard drive, and the usual accoutrements, the NC110 instead makes an impression through a combination of styling, battery life, and software. Unfortunately, it also stands out as a slow performer. The NC110 is one of the better-looking netbooks to pass through our portals, thanks largely to a small swoop downward at the rear of the unit (at the battery), a Chiclet-style keyboard, and a lower deck that's sculpted back from the edges of the ports. Those features not only enhance the looks but also assist with ergonomics: It's easier to position your fingers properly on a keyboard with gaps between keys, and the ports are easier to find by feel than their flush-mounted counterparts. Said ports are the standard netbook array, consisting of three USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone jacks, VGA and ethernet ports, and the power jack. The front edge of the netbook has the status lights, plus the SC Card reader slot. Connectivity includes gigabit ethernet, 802.11n wireless, and Bluetooth.
When Samsung entered the netbook market back in 2008, it was clear the company had done its homework. Its first model, the NC10, had a good keyboard and lasted more than 6 hours on a charge--at the time, a category best. Two years later, the category obviously isn't as hot as it once was, but Samsung is still delivering solid systems that meet netbook shoppers' expectations. The NC110 ($289), a descendent of the NC10, gets even better battery life and has a slicker design. Read on to find out how this machine compares to other budget netbooks.The NC110 comes with two lid color options: black or blue. We tested the black model, which has a glossy (and smudge-prone) lid but a nice matte finish on the inside. The screen bezel has a textured finish that uses a subtle dotted pattern, but we're not keen on the space between the deck and display. The touchpad has a slim chrome trim, which adds a touch of class, and we like the tear-drop shaped hinges; the right one houses the power button.At 2.6 pounds--a smidge lighter than most netbooks--and measuring 10.4 x 7.4 x 0.97 inches, the NC110 is light and sleek with a small bump for the battery on the bottom.