Samsung N120-12GW 10.1-Inch Netbook
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Weighing just 2.8 pounds, the new Samsung N120 mini notebook is focused around multimedia, designed with built in speakers and subwoofer for richer online content experience. With Intel Atom processor, 160GB of storage, a SuperBright 10.1-inch LCD it's one of the lightest mini notebooks in its class. The new N120 gives you the freedom to surf the Web, shop and chat on IM with the very latest wireless technology. With its larger touch pad area, using the touch pad is now easier and more comfortable. Zip through your online applications with the support of Intel Atom processor. Store all your favorite videos and music, and enjoy richer multimedia content with the output from the built in speakers and subwoofer.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great cheap laptop -- but non-square pixels
    This is a great cheap laptop and I plan to use it as my main computer. The keyboard is great and the trackpad and buttons are acceptable. It makes a great word processor, Web browser, and player for DVD-quality videos.

    Note that the screen is 8.78 inches wide and 4.94 inches tall (a 16:9 ratio) even though the pixels are 1024x600 (a 16:9.4 ratio). So the screen is 117 dpi horizontally and 121 dpi vertically -- each pixel is stretched horizontally by four percent.

    I didn't notice this at first and it's fine for browsing the Web, but if you're playing back video, you'll want to tell the video player that the monitor aspect ratio is 16:9, or everything will be just a little squished. That also goes for everything else you display....more info
  • Best in Class
    Samsung's N120 is absolutely amazing and I'm very happy with the purchase. I did a lot of research over the past few months - and I'm not willing to settle for a netbook with less than six hours of video watching time or 10 hours of surfing/work time - I'd rather not have one honestly. The N120 delivers and more.

    The keyboard is easy to use - much more comfortable than most for plane travel because of the unit's overall small weight and footprint. In addition, the mouse trackpad works great - very impressive.

    While the screen is reflective like all the new netbooks - and I did want a matte screen - like the other reviewers said, it's about as non-reflective as a reflective screen can be - no complaints here.

    Samsung took their immensely successful first generation NC10 - integrated the consumer feedback and delivered once again. The build quality and specs made this a no-brainer for me. I was leaning toward the HP and Lenovos but they haven't been able to strike a balance between long battery life (all 6-cell netbooks are not created equal) and weight. Samsung did it with the NC10 and they're doing it once again with this second generation: N110 and N120. If this second generation hadn't just come out, I would have likely bought the NC10 if any.

    Obviously, Samsung is reading the consumers better than the rest of the pack.

    It even comes with its own neoprene-like (thick cloth) sleeve - which you'll have to add your own velcro to. Why they chose to not put a velcro closure on it is a very good question.

    Overall, I would buy this again - and will recommend to friends and clients.
    ...more info
  • I LOVE this computer!!!!
    I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted a netbook. After researching all of them on Amazon, and being a Mac person, I went with the ASUS Eee PC 901 8.9-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB Solid State Drive, 20 GB Eee Storage, Linux, 6 Cell Battery) Pearl White. I thought it might be fun to try out Linux and I wanted something small enough to carry in a purse.

    The Asus was cute, I liked using Linux (Xandros), but that keyboard was absolutely unsatisfactory. The netbook was in serious danger of being thrown/smashed/stepped on. So I sold it to a colleague, who bought it for her six-year-old daughter. I went back to researching. I liked this Samsung's keyboard, but hated the idea of using Windows. I ordered it anyways.

    I have had it two days. This is a solid, well-built, quiet/silent, cool-running netbook. The keyboard is evey bit as good (for me) as my Mac laptop at work. I do occaisonally find that my cursor has wandered off, and it's probably me accidentally brushing across the touchpad. I'm using an external wireless mouseKensington Ci70LE Wireless Optical Mouse Rouge K72275US, but I have left the touchpad enabled - it's one of the better touchpads I've used - I just prefer a mouse.

    A few reviewers noted the high gloss screen. That has not been a problem for me. I haven't taken it out in the sun, so I can't address those issues of glare. Using it here in my livingroom, I am not aware of any glare or reflection on the screen. It's a sharp, crisp display - it IS more bluish/cooler and this might impact photo processing. The display is 1024 x 600. There is a resolution manager which will switch the display to 1024 x 768. I can't imagine using it in that mode - it's distorted, as another reviewer noted.

    I didn't think the sound was all that great until I played back some of my video podcasts (if you're not familiar with Ted Talks, available free at iTunes, you'll want to check it out for serious 10-15 minute clips on all topics). The audio on this Samsung is nearly as good as my 17" Dell laptop. As for volume, I had to exit a game to access the volume and turn it down - way too loud. (The game is an oldie - "Rahjongg".)

    I'm still not happy with Windows - I spent all of the first day downloading mountains of updates for every program on here. And there ARE a number of proprietary Samsung programs. But thus far, the XP OS is working well.

    I'm using an Apple Time Capsule as my wireless router, and this computer connects in a few seconds - less than 20. Windows also loads very quickly - I can turn the computer on and be online in under a minute. And it is lightning fast online.

    I am thrilled with this netbook. I know lots of reviewers have said not to consider using a netbook as your primary system, but I really think you could with this (Samsung N120). I've loaded a full Office 2007 (and ITS mountain of updates), about 5 GB of podcasts, a few games, and it's still very snappy. I haven't upgraded to 2GB memory yet - only because I've misplaced the new chip.

    I like this little computer so much that I haven't gone down to the basement to use my iMac in two days......more info
  • Amazing! And I have a question
    I got this netbook because my 13" Ibook died. I'm a mac-addict, and I wish Apple made a netbook. But, other than that, I love everything about the Samsung N120: The screen is amazing, the keyboard is more than generous and feels great, the size is perfect, it is easy to carry. [....]

    My question is: Does anyone know what car charger would work with this? And is it okay to charge a computer when the car is running?...more info
  • Great netbook
    Pros:
    - Full-sized keyboard
    - All the attributes of a typical netbook: portable, quiet, connectivities, etc.
    - Runs most apps without hitch

    Cons:
    - LCD colors on the cool/blue side; not recommended for photo editing unless you do some color calibration
    - Performance could be better: jagged frames while playing 720P content; Rosetta stone runs slowly especially the voice recognition processing
    - Touch pad and mouse button pretty small; would've preferred a nipple mouse
    - Cannot get more than 8 hours on full charge (but it's really a pro)

    Overall, I'm happy with the purchase....more info
  • Great cheap laptop -- but non-square pixels
    This is a great cheap laptop and I plan to use it as my main computer. The keyboard is great and the trackpad and buttons are acceptable. It makes a great word processor, Web browser, and player for DVD-quality videos.

    Note that the screen is 8.78 inches wide and 4.94 inches tall (a 16:9 ratio) even though the pixels are 1024x600 (a 16:9.4 ratio). So the screen is 117 dpi horizontally and 121 dpi vertically -- each pixel is stretched horizontally by four percent.

    I didn't notice this at first and it's fine for browsing the Web, but if you're playing back video, you'll want to tell the video player that the monitor aspect ratio is 16:9, or everything will be just a little squished. That also goes for everything else you display....more info
  • Samsung n120 a portable netbook for all
    I wanted to get a netbook to have a computer that was portable. I do own a dell m4300, but it was heavy. Especially, when my family and I travel during the summer, I wanted something that I could listen to music and books and do e-mail on the go. I did a lot of research on netbooks.
    This netbook stood out to me for a few reasons:
    It's keyboard. I have seen a few netbooks from other college friends and the keyboards did not amaze me. Samsung has outdone it on this product. The keyboard was very easy to type on. My only thing is I wonder why they only chose to include one windows key?
    Anyone have anythoughts on that one?
    Oh well, just one little odd design issue one can get used to.
    Battery life was also great. I got between 6-8 hours on a charge.
    From the first day I got it, everything just worked.
    I was able to do skype with no problem.
    People on skype say my internal microphone sounds quite good.
    Listening to music and browsing the web was also a snap.
    It found my wifi network right away-I was able to enter the wpa2 key and connect.
    If you are looking for a computer with great audio battery life and a great keyboard then the n120 is the netbook for you.
    ...more info
  • Samsung n120 a portable netbook for all
    I wanted to get a netbook to have a computer that was portable. I do own a dell m4300, but it was heavy. Especially, when my family and I travel during the summer, I wanted something that I could listen to music and books and do e-mail on the go. I did a lot of research on netbooks.
    This netbook stood out to me for a few reasons:
    It's keyboard. I have seen a few netbooks from other college friends and the keyboards did not amaze me. Samsung has outdone it on this product. The keyboard was very easy to type on. My only thing is I wonder why they only chose to include one windows key?
    Anyone have anythoughts on that one?
    Oh well, just one little odd design issue one can get used to.
    Battery life was also great. I got between 6-8 hours on a charge.
    From the first day I got it, everything just worked.
    I was able to do skype with no problem.
    People on skype say my internal microphone sounds quite good.
    Listening to music and browsing the web was also a snap.
    It found my wifi network right away-I was able to enter the wpa2 key and connect.
    If you are looking for a computer with great audio battery life and a great keyboard then the n120 is the netbook for you.
    ...more info
  • Bought another NC10 instead
    I purchased a Samsung NC10 a few months ago and continue to love it. My wife and I travel around the world every year for business and pleasure, and after she observed my NC10, as I used it on our last trip, she was sold on it and decided to have me order one for her. So I decided that we may as well try one of the newer versions. I chose the N120, mainly for the track pad and keyboard size, and the supposedly better speakers.

    Well, it arrived yesterday (5/14/09), and after charging the battery and playing around with it for a few hours we decided to return it and buy another NC10. If I had never had an NC10 for comparison, maybe this would have been fine, but in comparing them side by side, I felt the N120 was slightly inferior.

    The first thing that stood out to me (I am very picky about screens) is that the screen was not as easy to read as the matte screen of the NC10. I observed the same photos on each computer and felt the colors were not as accurate, nor as readable as the NC10's screen. It was bright enough, but the impression one would get from looking at both side by side is that the matte screen of the NC10 was overall a bit brighter and easier to view, especially off axis. When I brought the 2 netbooks outside to try them out on the back porch, it was over. The N120's glossy screen made it nearly impossible to see what was happening, as the sky and trees reflected back into the screen, while the NC10's matte screen was completely readable and usable. Also, as I continued to look at both, I kept thinking that the N120's screen was smaller somehow, so I took out a measuring tape and sure enough, the NC10's screen was 1/4" taller than the 120's, and they were both the same width. One thing a netbook is lacking in, is the screen height, and even though it was only a quarter of an inch, that was enough, combined with the inferior color rendition and the glossy screen, to put this back in the box and send it back to Amazon. Of course this is all subjective and ymmv as to what you like in a screen.

    The positives of the N120 are that it's still as well constructed as the NC10, has a nicer look with the rounded corners and slightly thinner appearance, plus the slightly larger size of the keys and track pad are desirable. However my wife had no problems with my NC10's keyboard and she uses a travel mouse anyway so the track pad size was not an issue for her.

    Further observations from the geeky tweak that I am:

    I am always very concerned about wifi signal strength in my laptops because we travel so often and hotel wifi signals are many times so poor that every last bit of signal strength a laptop can provide is like gold to me. Nothing worse than sitting next to your buddy and he's surfing the net while your laptop can't even get a signal. So I though I better try some experiments while I had them both. I tried different positions around the house with both computers to see if either one had an advantage in wifi signal strength. Though this was certainly not a perfect scientific test, I noticed in every different location that the NC10 picked up at least 1 more local connection than the N120. The signal strength of each connection was either the same or one bar higher on the NC10. No biggie, but it was slightly in favor of the NC10.

    Then I tried the speakers. Well, to my dismay, there was so little difference in quality between the 2 netbooks that I would have never chosen the N120 over the NC10 for sound alone, even if both were the same in every other way. Completely negligible. Yes, the N120 had a slightly richer bottom end, but believe me, the slight amount was indeed "slight". Both were also almost equal in volume output. That "subwoofer" they say is in the N120 is a joke. Please don't buy this expecting really great sound out of the supplied speakers. It's usable in a pinch for music and completely usable for Skype, but that's it. If you want good sound on the road, plug in headphones or buy one of those FoxL portable speakers on Amazon.

    I hope any of this will be usable to those agonizing over which Samsung Netbook to purchase. I know I would have loved to have read someone's observations about these while I was struggling to figure out if I should just get another NC10, an N110, or an N120. Now I know. The screen is better on the NC10 and the pluses of the N120 are negated by the things I mentioned....more info
  • Very nice, best netbook I've bought
    I just sold my HP mini 1000 on Craigslist. It was a nice netbook but short on battery life and storage space. I also have an original acer aspire one 8.9" with extended battery. That laptop was nice but screen is a bit small but has a nice bright screen and a somewhat cramped keyboard. But ok battery life. I still have that one. I also have a MSI wind U120 which isn't bad but battery life isn't great but ok. And then I have an ASUS 900HA, that was pretty cheap at less than $300. Its very small but the keyboard on those Eee PCs aren't very good (bad place for shift key) but the small size makes up for it as its smaller than the acer aspire one 8.9 inch but isn't good for long sessions .

    Now I just got this from amazon for $399 and its my very favorite. The quality of the Samsung N120 is outstanding. The computer is Matte finished so no more fingerprints. The glossy screen is very nice and bright. Battery life is the best of all four. The keyboard is perfect at 97% full size.
    I want to sell my other ones except maybe the asus 900HA.

    After using this for one week now I am really impressed with the speakers. When I compare them to the other 4 netbooks they blow them away. itunes sounds great and you can actually hear the stereo sound and the 'subwoofer. I'm EXTREMELY happy with this purchase and can't imagine a better netwook with a 10" screen. Buy this and you will be extremely happy!...more info
  • Beware of screen issue
    Just got my N120, and I like almost everything about it, but there's a dealbreaker. One of the reviewers below notes that the N120 screen is shorter than the NC10 screen even though it's the same height. I thought this was strange, since they both have 1024 by 600 resolution. Turns out, Samsung "achieved" this by making each pixel slightly less tall than it was wide; the screen thus appears to be 16:9 in aspect ratio even though, in terms of number of pixels, it's slightly taller than that.

    Why does this matter? Because the pixels have been "squished", ALL images and text appear slightly squished. It's not drastic, and you may not notice unless you look for it, but for me it's unacceptable that a square is displayed as a rectangle or that a circle is displayed as an ellipse. Besides, there's plenty of dead space on the top and bottom sides of the screen, so this was entirely unnecessary....more info
  • Best in Class
    Samsung's N120 is absolutely amazing and I'm very happy with the purchase. I did a lot of research over the past few months - and I'm not willing to settle for a netbook with less than six hours of video watching time or 10 hours of surfing/work time - I'd rather not have one honestly. The N120 delivers and more.

    The keyboard is easy to use - much more comfortable than most for plane travel because of the unit's overall small weight and footprint. In addition, the mouse trackpad works great - very impressive.

    While the screen is reflective like all the new netbooks - and I did want a matte screen - like the other reviewers said, it's about as non-reflective as a reflective screen can be - no complaints here.

    Samsung took their immensely successful first generation NC10 - integrated the consumer feedback and delivered once again. The build quality and specs made this a no-brainer for me. I was leaning toward the HP and Lenovos but they haven't been able to strike a balance between long battery life (all 6-cell netbooks are not created equal) and weight. Samsung did it with the NC10 and they're doing it once again with this second generation: N110 and N120. If this second generation hadn't just come out, I would have likely bought the NC10 if any.

    Obviously, Samsung is reading the consumers better than the rest of the pack.

    It even comes with its own neoprene-like (thick cloth) sleeve - which you'll have to add your own velcro to. Why they chose to not put a velcro closure on it is a very good question.

    Overall, I would buy this again - and will recommend to friends and clients.
    ...more info
  • Samsung N120 - I like it!
    I received my N120 a couple of days ago from Amazon.com. (1 day shipping, Prime upgrade, to get it before leaving on a business trip.) It is a replacement for a five year old laptop that is getting a bit cranky.

    Very impressed by the build quality. Nice bright screen. Big keyboard. Just to test the battery life, I've used it on battery only for the last three hours. It currently shows 41% remaining and over 3:12 hours. That is one of the main reasons that I bought it. Also, It seems to work well with my Verizon Wireless USB.

    So far, no complaints.




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  • Samsung N120 - a great little machine!
    Just received my Samsung N120 today and I am in love. I did a ton of research on netbooks and it was a toss up in between the NC10 and the N120. I finally settled on the N120 based on the size of the keyboard. The keyboard is fantastic and has a great touch to it, i'm a touch typist and don't have any problems using the keyboard. I used a USB driver to install Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and to my surprise - it works quite well on this machine. I bought this mainly for travel for it's ultraportability to use with our SLR camera. The glossy screen is really not an issue to me as a previous reviewer had mentioned. The wi-fi has been fantastic - picking up 8-10 networks wherever i'm located. The sound doesn't blow you away, but it is definetely sufficient for a netbook. The battery came fully charged and so far i've been working with it all day installing programs, music, etc. and i've gotten about 7 hours thus far. FYI - I purchased the white version and the exterior is a nice matte finish unlike the NC10 which is glossy and picks up fingerprints easily. I do like the fact that the two USB ports on the left are active all the time and you can charge your cell/Ipod/etc even if the computer is off. Hopefully this helps anyone trying to decide on this great little machine! Enjoy! ...more info
  • A great Netbook...Although not much of an upgrade
    I originally purchased the NC10 as my first Netbook. I was happy to see that it lived up to most of the postive reviews it has gotten so far and I was pretty happy with my choice. However, being one of the rare few people who prefer a gloss screen and someone who likes to always have the latest and greatest I decided to order the N120 as well and keep the one I liked most after comparing both of them. Here are some of the things I concluded from owning both...

    The NC10 feels like its better made for some reason. The shiny plastic although a finger print magnet has a more quality feel to it. It just feels sturdier and more solid. The N120 plastic case feels a little cheap to me. Upside is it does not attract any finger prints and looks somewhat cool.

    I found the colors on the NC10 to be more accurate. I compared the both of them while watching a Toy Story clip and definitely saw that this was evident. Also, the N120 by default has a slight bluish tint to all the colors. You can correct this by adjusting the color gammas but you won't get it 100% accurate like the NC10. This prob wont be a big deal to most as Netbooks are not really meant for serious photo editing or processing.

    The keyboard on the N120 is a lot more comfortable to type on. No doubt about it. The small difference in size of the keys really makes a huge difference with typing. However, the keys have a slighlty cheaper feel to them compared to the NC10. I almost feel Samsung used cheaper plastic to cut back on weight to make the N120 comparable in weight to the NC10 due to its larger size and bigger battery. Just a theory.

    The touch pad is a huge improvement I think on the N120. Using the one on the NC10 started annoying me after a few minutes. The N120 touchpad works great and has a better feel to it.

    I didn't find the sound on the N120 to be much of an improvement over the NC10. Do not buy the N120 based on its subwoofer 2.1 sound system because you will be disappointed. The difference was VERY slight.

    I didn't really have the chance to compare the battery life but both models are excellent and I'm sure the difference would probably be just an hour.

    In the end however I ended up keeping the N120. My reasons were mostly for the nice gloss screen and bigger keyboard. I'm partial to gloss screens because I enjoy the vibrant colors they put out for movies and pictures. It also makes internet surfing more enjoyable to me. Just a personal preference. I also felt that typing on it was a lot more comfortable. The NC10 keys felt cramped to me even though my hands are only average in size.

    And last but not least I really didn't care for all the finger prints the NC10 cover would get . I mean you touch the thing once and its a mess! lol

    Both are great netbooks. If you are unsure just buy both and keep the one you like. Its too bad you can't test these in any stores. Hope my review helped. Some things I've mentioned already have been said but just wanted to throw my two cents in. ...more info