Samsung NC10 Winchester 10.2-Inch Netbook
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Product Description

The NC10 Netbook by Samsung is ideal for users looking for a low-cost, highly mobile solution that is aimed at "consuming" data via the Internet versus “creating” data. Key System Benefits - Easy to take with you whether it’s around the house, the campus or wherever one might travel; provides significant performance capabilities to wander the Internet and take care of basic productivity applications; enables one to view the Internet in full screen without compromise in a clear and comfortable display; maximum storage capacity for everything you download from the web; provides maximum system performance for basic web browsing and limited system functionality; enhances system performance without adding unnecessary system overhead; provides a great balance of price and performance; full size, easy to use keyboard is coated with Silver "Nano" ions to help protect the user from harmful bacteria. Key System Features - Weighing in at just 2.8 pounds; the NC10 adopts the new Intel Atom CPU; 10.2" wide LCD display providing 1024 x 600 resolution with 250 nits of brightness and an anti-reflection gloss coating display; high capacity 6-cell Lithium Ion battery providing up to 5 to 6 hours of continuous run time; 160GB capacity hard disk drive (HDD); 1GB system memory (RAM); Windows XP Home Operating System; Silver-Nano Keyboard; available in Blue or White color.

Customer Reviews:

  • New Kid in town!
    Wow! This new kid is the one! It takes the Best in Show Award. I can access and surf with ease and speed, it just makes the experience fun! And for me ( a new kid to notebooks ) it just a Joy to work with. I was going to go with the old stand-by but this new kid caught my eye,I read the reviews on Amazon.com and now I'm the New Kid Too! Great Work Samsung!...more info
  • Perfect computer for travel
    I did a little research and decided that the Samsung NC10 was the best netbook available right now due to the long battery life. I was right! I LOVE this little computer. I literally opened it for the first time on the plane to Paris. Everything worked perfectly right out of the box (except the McAfee - dump it quick!). I got online in a few seconds in the terminal waiting for the next plane. As I am traveling extensively overseas right now, I need a computer that can find and connect to available wireless networks quickly, and it does. The battery lasts about 6 hours - not even trying to save it. (Everyone else is scrambling for a place to plug in - not easy overseas.) I can just stick it in my purse and go all day. The video cam works great for Skype and staying in touch with family. I have had NO problems, and I am SOOOO glad I made the last minute decision to get this computer. Amazon got it there when they said they would, too. Good purchase. ...more info
  • Little but OH-MY how cool
    Bought this unit after research as a replacement for a clunky, heavier than necessary laptop and after some fiddling (replaced the 1 GB ram with 2 GB, erased the drive and installed XP-Pro and set it up to access my office exchange server) and ended up with a two + pouind work device that is easy to carry, easy to use and has great battery life. It is easy to connect to WIFI coverage and does all that I need.

    My friends bought other (ASUS/DELL) units and complain about battery life and drive capacity (both have solid state 16 and 32 GB) while my 160 GB drive doesn't miss a beat. To complete this travel unit, I added a short USB cord to download to my Kindle (I live outside the Whisper network) and a blue tooth mouse. It is just about perfect....more info
  • Pink Computer
    I love this little smurf 'puter. It is so easy to carry around and everyone asks about it....more info
  • Would buy it the next time
    I've been using NC10 for a couple of months. Moreover, my unit is equipped with a built-in GSM/UMTS/HSPA modem which is a great advantage indeed and gives the user the real connectivity freedom as you're no limited to WiFi's available. My wife owns an MSI U100 which I had been operating previously. NC10's pros in comparison with MSI U100 are the built-in modem mentioned above as well as a better battery and keyboard. Cons is the display which is not as bright as on the MSI....more info
  • Nice little machine
    This is a nice little machine. Keeping in mind that it is more for email and Internet usage, I find that this machine has enough horsepower to do everything I need, including running Office 2007 with acceptable performance. It's definitely not a gaming machine, but it would be very good to take to college and stuff. The first one I got had something wrong with it. But when I went to return it through Amazon, they offered an exchange for no cost and I got it within a day. The replacement has been flawless.

    Things I suggest, upgrade the RAM to 2GB and invest in either an external optical (CD or DVD) drive. Personally, I have other computers that I can use to copy installation files over the network or to USB sticks. Some folks might find that to be an issue.

    Something I think Samsung could do to improve this is to pre-load this with XP Pro, instead of Home. I'm sure that's some OEM thing with Microsoft. Also, if they would throw in a SSD rather than a spinning disk the already excellent battery life would be even better.

    If I knew anyone in the market for one a netbook, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the Samsung NC10. ...more info
  • Great machine
    I've had this for about a week now and love it. I have a desktop so I just wanted this to check email, surf the web, watch streaming videos, etc... nothing too serious. So far I have absolutely no complaints. The upgrade to 2GB of RAM was easy, it picks up my wireless connection with no problem, I routinely get 6+ hours of battery life, and web pages load quickly.

    I was worried a bit about the speakers from some of the reviews here, but someone posted a "fix" on one of the discussions and after that my speakers are louder than my girlfriend's Macbook. They are still a little tinny, but I can't complain much about that.

    Highly recommended for someone who wants portability but doesn't want to pay $2000+ for a lot of features they won't use....more info
  • Another happy owner
    The keyboard and monitor are superb, and it is so light-weight. The speed and memory are what I am used to in my HP desktop and Sony Vaio laptop. I bought this NC10 based on the glowing online reviews, and it has everything I hoped for.

    Just be careful when you boot it for the first time. I clicked YES when I thought it was asking me if I wanted to create a backup (I was thinking of the Restore function). It was really asking me if I wanted to partition the hard drive, so I now have C and D drives. I am using D for memory-hogging photos and videos, and C for the installed programs.

    I added a bluetooth mouse and connected a USB 2.0 booster with delightful results. The chubby booster got in the way of my mouse, so I put the booster on an extension cable. That has the added benefit of letting me move the booster around and increasing the wireless signal....more info
  • Great Little Netbook for the Traveler
    I got this notebook after reading all the glowing reviews on it. I am literally wrapping up my first trip with it and typing this review on the Samsung from my hotel room.

    I wanted something that was small and lightweight to do my email and browsing on while away and the Samsung performed as expected.

    The almost full size keyboard was no problem to type on. I minimized the taskbar to get more screen while browsing. As some comment on the trackpad takes some getting used to but is manageable. In general I used a little tiny travel USB mouse which was fine and made things easier as I'm not a trackpad fan anyway.

    Battery life was very good. Wifi worked fine here at the hotel out of the box.

    I got mine in blue and it is sharp looking. I also got the RAM upgrade and the neoprene CaseLogic case that everyone recommended here. It fit the little mouse and power supply just perfect but left no room for anything else.

    Overall I am very pleased with this little laptop which allowed me to do all my email (I use gmail) and other web related work. I was able to login to my home computer via gotomypc on the Samsung without any issues or performance problems.

    For anyone looking for a good little netbook I would recommend this product. IF I had to pick any con to it I would say the speakers could be a bit louder but if you plan on listening to any real sound just attach some earbud headphones to it and listen that way.

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  • All that and then some!
    After reading all the glowing reviews of the NC10, I didn't hesitate in ordering one. It arrived quickly and safely from Amazon in just three days. Right out of the box it fired up flawlessly and I was simply amazed at how well it performed! I'm a tried and true HP fan and this is the first Samsung product I've ever tried and couldn't be happier. After making sure everything worked correctly, I installed a 2GB RAM card like so many others and it took all of about 5 minutes. Then, I loaded Microsoft Office and several other programs that I use daily and they all loaded and worked fine. Today, I bought an LG slimline DVD/CD player/burner and it worked perfectly with no issues whatsoever. The only downside I've seen so far is the volume. While playing a CD or DVD, the sound is rather low no matter how high it's cranked up using the control panel. I suppose it will be necessary to use some headphones to get the full effect of sound from the NC10 but haven't had time to experiment. Outside of that minor issue, I just love this netbook! It also installed quickly onto my home network which was a definate +++++. On a funny note, when I tried typing, I got all kinds of weird symbols with the keys that are activated by the Fn key. I quickly found out from a Samsung forum that I had to hit the numbers lock key to make things work properly. Once done, it was just perfect.
    The blue color may pick up some fingerprints, but that's OK- blue is such a cool color! I little Pledge and soft rag takes the prints right off and makes it shine like a jewel. Thinking of a netbook? Look no further than this Sammy NC10! ...more info
  • Really lovin' my Samsung!!
    As a nursing student, this netbook fit the bill! It's light enough to fit into my purse or backpack. I get compliments on the pink color, but mostly I'm asked about its performance. While it is not a fast as my Mac, it is gets the job done. The keyboard is surprising comfortable. The only issue I don't like is having to hit the function key for some letters on the keyboard. Anyone know how to change that function, no pun intended, PLEASE let me know. ...more info
  • Samsung Netbook Shines!
    I looked at a variety of netbooks and this one simply outshined them all. I have not been disappointed. It's perfect for on the go and does everything it should. Samsung did an excellent job.

    I upgraded to 2 gig of ram and the installation was simple.

    Some advice from personal experience. I purchased a generic external USB Slim DVD CD R/RW Drives Burner Writer from ebay for $30 to watch DVD's and play games. They are usually $40-$50 with shipping included (shipped from China) and downloaded the Intervideo XPACK after coupon for $12 and have had no problems. If the audio/video freezes plug in the power usb cord in addition to the usb cord for playing the device and this solves the problem. This download gives you the software and decoder allowing you to play your DVD with the Intervideo, Windows Media Player or Real Player.

    ATT is the best wireless card reviewed by CNET. They did a wireless card showdown this week.

    Oh, don't forget to use both the Windows Update and Samsung Update Plus and download the updates on a regular basis. Very easy to use....more info
  • Samsung Netbook Review by Aaron Thorley
    Great little netbook! Only one complaint and that is that I can't seem to change the screen resolution to get everything to fit on one page...I have to scroll over and down a lot...screen is smaller than I thought it would be....more info
  • Great little mini laptop
    I purchased this product about a month ago and I love it- its compact and light. You can handle it with one hand. The keyboard is like the average PC keyboard. The booting is fast and downloads are quick. The screen is sharp and bright. The best part is the battery life. If you are looking for overall satisfaction, then this is the one. The volume is a lot to be desired, but that is easily fixed by adding speakers....more info
  • GREAT Netbook with Bells 'n Whistles
    Since there's so many reviews on this product already, I debated adding one more. But, I'm tossing my 2 cents in.

    This netbook is an exceptional buy for those that want lots of bells and whistles with a brand name (Samsung) and especially those of us who appreciate a bright, clear, and anti-glare screen.

    For me, when I had narrowed my choices down to 3 netbooks, the NC10 and the N120 were in the final selections. So was the HP2140. And, the HP lost because of one feature: it's screen. I couldn't get over the idiocy of HP to cut corners on a screen that should be on a par or better than other netbooks, including its own "mini" series. With the HP out of the picture, I argued with myself between the NC10 and the N120. In the end, it was the NC10 with the anti-glare screen that took center stage. BTW, I use headphones for music, etc., so the NC10's higher-pitched and low volume speakers were of no consequence to me. But, I've listened to them now and they are "okay" just nothing to brag about. This is a netbook and I'm not interested in broadcasting what I'm viewing or listening to.

    Performance-wise, when the NC10 arrived, I immediately unboxed it and dropped in 2 gigs of 667MHz RAM. That operation took less than 5 minutes (I took my time). So, I have no idea of the performance of the NC10 with the 1 gig of RAM. I do know it is quite responsive with with the 2 gigs. I am very pleased by it. I had over 9 windows open and the little thing was still moving along quite nicely.

    Next to come off the NC10 was all the bloatware. I was surprised to find little of it (thankfully, no trial versions of Word, or Office or Works). I also removed the McAfee security suite. I then installed my security suite, OpenOffice, Firefox, and a few other XP programs that should come free with XP, but don't. See Uniblue on the web.

    The fan is absolutely silent! I can't believe it. My 17" HP roars next to the silence of the NC10! That was a shock to me; a very pleasing sound.

    Battery life? I figure 6.5 hours is about right. If you want more, take on the N120 along with its larger footprint (size and weight).

    I also downloaded Ubuntu Jaunty onto my NC10. Jaunty runs beautifully, definitely faster than XP. I'm debating whether to keep XP or turn my NC10 into an Ubuntu Jaunty machine.

    Lastly, finish and construction. The chinzy chrome noted in the other reviews was of no consequence to me. I sort of appreciate it for its ascetic "add-ness" to an otherwise drab computer. The case is plastic but seems to be of a higher grade than that of several other netbooks I've looked at. The glossy black top is definintely NOT a fingerprint magnet, as it's more a matte than a glossy. The keyboard is fantastic! Big shift keys for us touch typists and it's size is easily adjusted to within the first few minutes of use. I've made 3 typing mistakes since I began this review.

    In my mind, the NC10 or the N120 definitely need to be on your "must see" list if you're opting for a netbook....more info
  • Fantastic netbook
    This netbook is amazing. I usually do not write reviews here but I must make an exception for this little netbook. I have been using it for the past 3 weeks and it doesn't stop amazing me. The portability, compactness apart, the machine seems to have excellent build quality like others before me wrote about. Connecting to Wi-Fi is effortless with no dropped connections. I'm planning to upgrade to 2GB RAM but for the moment, the 1GB seems to be good enough. Haven't faced any machine sluggishness with the limited applications I use which are email, web browsing, photo and music management. Even after hours of usage, the netbook underside doesn't heat up as much as my 13" Macbook. The fan also seems to be extra silent. I haven't tested the battery life as yet since I tend to use the power source whenever I can. But getting 6-7 hrs life out of this little machine seems very much possible.

    Overall, this little netbook is good value for the higher price you pay for it. I had the Asus 1000HA in mind previously but this one was easily available here in India. I had also read the rave reviews about this product here which titled my decision towards buying this one. No regrets about buying this one. Highly recommended.

    UPDATE 4/22/09 - Replaced the 1GB RAM with 2GB. The process was a breeze and is fairly simple.Have been using the netbook basically for web-surfing since then, so cannot comment on overall speed increase but I did find a considerable difference while opening some applications and files. A recommended upgrade....more info
  • Love this Netbook
    I purchased this netbook about two weeks and I really love it. I did a ton of research and read just about everything on available netbooks. I decided to get the Samsung based on all the great reviews I read about it, especially here on Amazon. I looked at the Dell Mini 10, the HP mini 1000, the MSI Wind. Since I travel all the time, I needed something that was light enough to travel with yet, was powerful enough to handle all the things I need for work. There seemed to be issues with all the other ones I liked at, except the Samsung. There is a great support on-line community that offers good suggestions too. I am not highly technical, but can get by with a little help. I'm not going to do anything fancy with it. If you are debating about a netbook, I highly recommend them and I highly recommend the Samsung. I love it....more info
  • This is the netbook you want...
    I bought this netbook for a simple purpose, to use as I travel to manage my blog. I will carry this along with my work laptop to keep personal things separate. This is compact, but not too small. It has the video port and RJ45 internet port built in (unlike the HP model). It has three USB ports (very handy). It instantly recognized my bluetooth mouse without having to plug in the stupid dongle (or take up one of the USB ports). You can choose how big or small to make the partitioned D drive when you boot up for the first time (the partitioning directions are included in the handy cheat sheet). I made mine 0mb (that's zero) so everything is one contiguous C drive. It comes with a nice little slipcover (not a padded neoprene one, but very sufficient for my needs). It also has nearly zero bloatware. I ordered the memory upgrade direct from Crucial.com. The unit works great. And I bought the blue one which looks very distinctive. I chose to buy the cheapest external CD drive (which was not very portable, but I wasn't seeking portability in the CD drive). I installed Office 2007, some other writing tools and I'm all set up. It surfs the Internet pretty fast (did not notice any degradation). The price is right, the size is right and the configuration is right (160GB and XP). This is the one you want....more info
  • Great travel solution
    Got this for travel. Easily slips into a shoulder handbag, thus eliminating the need for a separate computer bag. Shrunken keyboard and screen are quite acceptable for short periods of time. Battery life is impressive. Fine for watching downloaded movies. Croaks a little when streaming some web video. Speakers not sufficient to hear well unless you plug in headset. ...more info
  • Great little computer.
    After researching Netbooks on Consumer Reports, I bought the NC10-14GB. It exceeded my expectations. Very long battery life, good screen, great speed and very portable. I highly recommend it....more info
  • A Gift
    Purchased this item as a "Just Cause" gife for my G/F. He's had it for about 8 hrs now and she's been raving about it. From the pink/white color scheme to the ease of operation. ...more info
  • Samsung NC10-14GW
    Love this netbook . . . It has almost as much power as my full size laptop at 1/4 the weight. I run microsoft Streets and maps, MS word, ACT! and more....more info
  • I have been researching netbooks for a while now and this one came out on top.
    I was waiting for HP to release the 2140 with the HD display but when they did, all they had as smart, pre-built options had a 6-cell battery. But wait, their 6-cell is not like the NC10 6-cell, theirs sticks down vertically which would cause quite a problem when inserting and removing from sleeves, bags, etc. I could have just purchased the 6-cell smart-buy option and buy an additional 3-cell as an accessory but they don't offer it as an accessory! I called HP and complained and they said my only option was to configure it myself with a 3-cell, but then it would have been $150 more (over $600 total) for less of a netbook!!! I was thoroughly fed-up. I also could have gone with HP's 1035NR but was so fed up with them that I didn't want to give them my business.

    My other option was the Lenovo S10, but didn't hear any good reviews on the standard 3-cell battery life. Again, I could have gotten the 6-cell option but it stuck out of the back of the netbook. The NC10 6-cell is made for the netbook and does not stick out at all; it fits flush, which is nice.

    I ordered the white version and it is a nice pearlized white. It is not shiny/glossy so it does not show fingerprints at all.

    The netbook came with a plain, standard, soft touch sleeve which is nice since now I don't have to buy a sleeve.

    I have used the netbook for a few hours over the weekend and it runs very nice. I went to crucial.com and did a system scan and ordered a 2 GB RAM upgrade for $27.99 before shipping. The netbook is thoroughly fast already, but why not double the RAM when it's only $27.99 and really easy to install?

    Overall, I absolutely love the netbook and couldn't be happier with my choice. ...more info
  • Samsung NC10 Review
    I love this netbook. I did buy the upgrade to 2GB RAM and this works better and faster than my laptop computer. Since buying I have been on several trips and am getting ready to go on another. This netbook is small and light, fits into the pocket of my carry on luggage, has an extremely long battery life and a great wireless signal.
    Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 6 Cell Battery, XP Home) Blue...more info
  • wow!!
    more than i expected-upgrading the memory to 2gb is easy[ddr2 pc2-6400 not the one amazon says]. go to crucial tech site and find out.got the white one and keyboard is much easier to see....more info
  • Samsung NC10 review
    I just purchased Samsung NC10 14 GB 10.2 Notebook. I think this is great little notebook if that's what you are looking for. It is easy to type, good resolution and very light for what you can do with it. It is also a lot of fun to use. This is the only notebook I carry with me when I teach or travel. Another great product from Samsung!!!...more info
  • Great little Netbook
    This Samsung is a great little unit. It is replacing an old Toshiba notebook I have. My wife and I have used it for a couple of weeks now (including a trip) and it's everything I expected and more. It's very well built and it's feature set is just right. The keyboard is excellent. My wife used to type for a living and she had no problems with it. The webcam works as advertised, and the bluetooth works great with a Logitech bluetooth mouse and the Motorola S9 headphones I purchaced separately. The one upgrade I made was to buy a 2GB memory stick which was easy to install (5 minutes). Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase and would definitely recommend it to anyone....more info
  • Probably the Best of the Current Netbooks
    I've had the opportunity in the past to test or beta test various netbooks including versions from Lenovo (S-10), Acer (Aspire One), Via (an absolutely awful netbook I prefer not to remember), CTI Classmate (now discontinued), the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) and Westinghouse Mesa (another one I'll forget at this point).

    Most came with Windows XP although a couple came with Linux variations; however, OS aside, the Samsung NC-10 is on top of them all for various reasons.

    In the past couple weeks of usage I've found the following to be positive traits:

    * Standard 6 cell power source means insane battery life. Even using Wi-Fi and having several memory hungry programs running, the worst I could do was five hours and I came dangerously close to seven hours at least one time.
    * Better than standard keyboard for a netbook. 93% of normal notebook size and it shows in ease of use. I've had some netbooks, such as the CTI, that insisted on double and triple mapping keys to the point of total confusion but not the Samsung. Finally, a full size shift key!
    * About 3 pounds total weight with another half pound for the power pack.
    * Decent webcam built into the screen bezel. Nothing special, but not bad.
    * Lock on wireless. I've tested some netbooks that couldn't find a signal if you sat on the router, but this Samsung does well and once locked on it won't give up. Overall signal reception was no better or worse than most notebooks.
    * Minimal heat for such a small device. Some of the units mentioned above could get really hot very quickly but Samsung seems to have heat dispersion down. You do get the usual heat spray from the fan (which is quieter than most) but it's acceptable and isn't a lap cooker.
    * Decent boot times but this is a somewhat cloudy issue. Without virus or firewall installed, 30 seconds is a good figure. Double that if you add the above mentioned safeguard programs (many reviewers fail to mention this).
    * Minimal amount of Bloatware with the exception of the ubiquitous Norton protection program. Fortunately, this version of Norton wasn't installed but a desktop icon was available should I choose to install it. Guess what got deleted first?
    * Sturdy construction with nary a creak or moan and not much case flex. The usual smooth plastic found in netbooks. Mine is Gloss Blue (hence the GB in the description from Samsung) which does its best to pick up fingerprints but also looks better than the standard black.
    * The screen pivots back more than most. I've seen some models that stop with the screen straight up resulting in a strained viewing experience.
    * Nice screen quality with a matte finish. This matters if you don't like screen glare and especially great if you don't like looking at reflection of yourself every time you boot or attempt to view a page with reflecting light in the background.
    * Easy access RAM panel to upgrade from the standard 1 GB chip (although it's strictly a one "chipper"). Manual states 2 GB is the max but it accepted my 4 GB chip (but only read 2).
    * 3 USB ports instead of the usual 2.
    * Curiously, the Samsung seemed to load web pages quicker than other models although it has the standard Atom 1.6 GHz processor. My MSN homepage has been known to choke even some notebooks but the Samsung rendered the page in quick time. I've read some reviews that state the chip is being over clocked, but I couldn't verify such and seriously doubt Samsung would risk cooking a chip in that fashion (my own CPU monitoring program showed the chip running from 800 MHz at the low end to 1.6 GHz when pushed - all within normal range).
    * Onboard diagnostic programs thanks to Samsung. Other than the Lenovo, most netbook manufacturers couldn't care less what happens after your buy it and getting updates for most is largely a matter of luck and knowing where to look.

    Of course, not everything is perfect and the Samsung is no exception:

    * Changing RAM is easy; changing the hard drive requires dismantling the case and voiding the warranty. I upgraded to a 320 GB 7,200 RPM 2.5 inch hard drive and installation was a breeze once you remove about 12 case screws and gently fudge the cover off. It took about 30 minutes to remove the screws and case with a scant 2 minutes necessary to physically change the drive!
    * Trackpad, what trackpad? Oh, you mean that 1 x 2 inch doo-hickey at the bottom? Too small to be of much use, but I use a wireless mouse anyway. Some complain about the mouse button (which is a rocker switch instead of the usual 2 button affair) but I had no problem with that.
    * Power switch is on the side of the screen pivot mechanism. Originally I thought this was neat until I inadvertently turned the machine on pushing it into a bag. Best left somewhere on the keyboard (in all fairness, some concessions had to be made for the large keys).
    * Built in card reader is the usual affair but the cards stick out and that can be an accident waiting to happen since it's on the front of the computer instead of the side. I sometimes use a tilting computer table and the card sticking out keeps the computer from being flush with the table lip.
    * It'll run the usual business oriented programs such as Word, but don't get adventurous and attempt PhotoShop anytime soon. The graphics card is limited. Forget graphics-intensive games, too.
    * The usual tinny sounding speakers, but what did you expect?
    * No express card slot for those of you who use cellular wireless. Guess you'll have to use that flimsy USB dongle.
    * I understand the description from Samsung has resulted in some confusion and lost sales. The actual title of mine is Samsung NC-10 14GB with the GB meaning "Gloss Blue". Unfortunately, some read this as meaning the computer has a 14GB hard drive and they look elsewhere. At some websites the GB version is lower priced than the GW (Gloss White) because of this.

    Overall, a very good netbook with minimal complaints. In addition, prices are starting to drop on all netbooks and the Samsung is no exception. These originally tipped the scales at $500+ but can now be had for less than $400 at quite a few retailers.

    By the way, I got the opportunity to run Windows 7 Beta on my unit and, yes, it did work, to an extent. I had to download drivers from Samsung but, oddly enough, the XP drivers for the wireless did work although the camera wouldn't (I had to download a generic camera activator program). Was it any quicker? Not to boot, but it was quicker to load programs once booted and the browser did seem quicker.
    ...more info
  • Great Netbook
    I bought my NC10 about a month ago now. I have been very pleased with it so far. I did upgrade the memory from 1GB to 2GB - it's a very cost-effective upgrade with memory as cheap as it is now. It performs well, you can even do some light gaming on it. I mostly use it to surf the web, email, hulu.com, etc.

    If your in the market for a Netbook, you can't go wrong with the Samsung. And in reality, I'd dare say it's one of the best ones on the market....more info
  • LOVE THIS NETBOOK!!!!!!!!
    I recently purchased this netbook and after ordering was very excited to recieve it in the mail. Almost two months later, the excitement has not subsided. This is a great little computer, and allows me to do all the functions I need to do. The only thing I would recommend is getting an external cd/dvd drive. I thought I could get by on just usb alone, but realized I was wrong when I went to import some of my cd's to iTunes. I mainly use my computer for email, internet, music, word processing, and photo storage. I have definitely been impressed by what this machine has to offer!!!...more info
  • Simple as ABC
    Have had the "Samsung NC-10 14GW" Netbook for one month now and it is great. I ordered the 2GB chip with it and just removed the cover and slid out the old chip and slid in the 2GB chip and started using the computer.

    Have not had a problem finding wireless sites and logging into the unsecured ones. The battery has long life which truly makes this portable.

    The touch pad requires quiet a bit of pressure to get the zoom in and out feature to work sometimes. Its like spinning your wheels and getting nowhere and then it catches.

    Other than the touch pad minor fault this is a great Netbook....more info
  • Excellent quality mini notebook
    I noticed with other netbooks, the lower evaluations were running 10% of total, but with the Samsung they were running at 5%. That tranlates to 50% less complaints for Samsung than their competition! Mine worked right out of the gate. Everything about it looks and feels quality built. Installing Windows was automatic. The keyboard is 7% smaller than a typical notebook keyboard, but I didn't have any problems typing. The position of all the keys is very logical, so getting used to the keyboard is almost second nature. The actual color is a shade or two darker pink than what you see here. I think it looks prettier in person. There is a single slot for memory and the maximum memory the computer supports is 2 gig, so if you plan to upgrade the memory from one to two gig, make sure you buy a 2 gig memory card. Surprisingly, the hard drive is also upgradable and can easily be swapped out for one with more capacity. It uses a straight SATA notebook drive. However, upgrading the hard drive means opening up the case and that voids the warranty, so you may wish to wait out the first year. Samsung now provides a slightly larger netbook that comes with a full size keyboard, but it also weighs a bit more. Plus, the color selection is limited (no pink yet). My daughter insisted on pink. Actually, I have no complaints. I'm very pleased with my purchase....more info
  • Don't buy this netbook if you want to use audio chatting or VOIP.
    This is the absolute worse gizmo I have paid money for that you cannot use to talk to someone over Skype, Messenger or any VOIP program. The audio with digital USB headphones is just horrendous and even worse with analog headphones connected to the I/O ports. My advice is not to waste money on this, particularly that Samsung support is somehwere in the 3rd world where nobody knows zilch and they just waste your time by asking you the same questions over and over again. If you do not want to chat using this netbook, then it is a pleasant surprise, but expect to throw it away rather than deal with Samsung support....more info
  • Great little machine
    This little computer is exactly what I wanted: portable, fast, convenient for travel and taking to class. The sound quality is great.

    My unit came with a problem: the screen would flicker randomly while lines would appear horizontally and disrupt the image. I sent it in to Samsung tech support free of charge and a week later I had it in my hands again, running perfectly....more info
  • The first thing you should do when you receive this netbook -- run a screen test
    I purchased the white NC10 from Ritz Camera (an Amazon seller) about a week ago and received it yesterday. Because I had heard that some of the screens on the NC10s may have blotch problems, the first thing I did was run a screen test. One of the other reviewers recommended PassMark, which is free for 30 days. Anyway, I was completely jazzed to turn on my NC10 and, right away, I fell in love with it -- it really is worth all the hype. After getting past the set-up phase, I downloaded the screen test. Sure enough, two shadows appeared in the lower left-hand corner of the monitor. My heart just sank because I knew there was a possibility that I could get one of these monitors. However, unless you're really looking for it, you would never know that it's there. But it does show up on a white solid background, as well as on one of the gray patterned backgrounds. I contacted Samsung and their customer service is excellent. They provided me with a transaction number so that when I take it to UPS, they will box it up and ship it to the repair center for free. I was told that it will take around 4 business days for it to be repaired. I considered returning the product, but decided against it for several reasons. First, since it's a manufacturing flaw, there's still the possibility of receiving another netbook with the exact same problem. Secondly, the repair and cost of shipping is free. Finally, I purchased this netbook for $379 (using a coupon code), and I haven't come close to finding that price anywhere else. I also have to mention that this netbook is just way too cool! I don't want to part with it, but I'm sure the minor repair will be worth it in the end.

    On another note, I had a very difficult time removing the plastic insert in the SD card slot. It would not budge using the edge of my fingernail, so I finally had to get a butter knife to pop it out. However, in the process of doing this, it bent the chrome trim right above the slot. It was easy enough to push the trim back into place, but I wasn't expecting to struggle so much with removing that faux plastic SD card. Just a heads up in case anyone else has this problem.

    I also want to mention that the white is absolutely beautiful. The online pictures do not do it justice at all. I had a difficult time trying to decide between the blue and white, but ultimately chose the white finish because I already have a dark laptop. The white reminds me of the pearl white color that Cadillac uses on their vehicles. I don't really care about the fingerprint issue, but I still would have chosen the white over the blue if I had to do it all over again.

    Additionally, I don't really have a problem with the mouse pad or the speakers. I actually like the smaller tracking pad with the single seesaw-like clicker, and the tracker seems to be very responsive and easy to use. I also don't think that the speakers are that bad. I was expecting them to be really crummy from all of the reviews, but when Windows loaded and closed, they were actually fairly loud. But honestly, I didn't but this netbook for the speakers anyway.

    I hope this review helps some of you out there who are still sitting on the fence. The screen issue is a bummer, but Samsung is easy to work with and very willing to fix the problem. Again, you really wouldn't notice it unless you were looking for it. And even if they didn't have such a great warranty policy, I would still keep it in spite of this minor defect. It truly is a rare gem among netbooks!...more info