Samsung N150 review

We see what the Samsung N150 netbook has to offer in this review.

Samsung N150

The lid didn't flex too much under pressure but the screen within displayed plenty of desktop distortion and we experienced some creaking. The wrist rest was little better, bending when light pressure was applied.

It's not much of a looker, either: the majority of the chassis is crafted from cheap, plain plastic, and the only real concessions to style are the burnt orange strip around the base and the shiny lid which, we noticed, quickly gathered fingerprints. Three USB ports, a VGA output and a card reader are scattered around the exterior.

We've been accustomed to netbooks running on the ubiquitous Intel Atom processor, but Samsung has used a new version of the chip in its latest machine. The Atom N450 runs at 1.6GHz and follows the lead set by Intel's more powerful Core i3 and i5 parts by including an integrated GPU within the chip, albeit on a separate die.

The new processor, though, hardly kept up with older Atom chips: its score of 0.32 in our benchmarks is around 20 per cent slower than we'd expect from the average netbook and will limit the N150 to the most basic of tasks. That integrated GPU, meanwhile, is a lowly Intel GMA 3150, won't handle games or HD video, and will look even more outdated with the forthcoming arrival of Nvidia's ION 2.

Mike Jennings


Mike Jennings has worked as a technology journalist for more than a decade and has been fascinated by computers since childhood, when he spent far too long building terrible websites. He loves desktop PCs, components, laptops and anything to do with the latest hardware.

Mike worked as a staff writer at PC Pro magazine in London for seven years, and during that time wrote for a variety of other tech titles, including Custom PC, Micro Mart and Computer Shopper. Since 2013, he’s been a freelance tech writer, and writes regularly for titles like Wired, TechRadar, Stuff, TechSpot, IT Pro, TrustedReviews and TechAdvisor. He still loves tech and covers everything from the latest business hardware and software to high-end gaming gear, and you’ll find him on plenty of sites writing reviews, features and guides on a vast range of topics.

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