Samsung N120 Review
The Samsung N120 stands out in a crowd mostly because of its elegant style, superior design and performance. Product of years of research and development, this laptop also boasts of good battery life, thereby making it energy-efficient.
Intel Atom N270 processor (1.60GHz)
• Windows XP Home Edition
• Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics
• 1GB RAM
• 10.1-inch widescreen display (1024×600) with LED backlighting
• 160GB 5400RPM hard drive (Samsung HM160HI)
• 6-cell Li-ion battery (11.1V, 57Wh (5200mAh)
• Atheros AR5007EG 802.11g wireless
• One-year limited warranty
• White color (also available in black)
• Dimensions: 10.71 x 7.4 x 1.17 inches (W x D x H)
• Weight: 2.8 lbs
Build and Design
This model is one of the most attractive and elegant netbooks available in the market. All the credit goes to its designers.
It is constructed with strong durable plastic with a high-quality sturdy feel. All of its surfaces excepting the screen, lid hinges, and side trim are in a matte finish with a slight texture. The lid is thin but strong. There is some side-to-side flex but ripples do not appear on the screen whenever pressed from the back. On both sides of the screen are the stereo speakers, and a webcam is fitted at the top. The lid is connected to the base of the netbook using two chrome-finished hinges.
The base has a quality and sturdy feel rarely flexing under pressure.
The sides of the N120 look particularly attractive with a strip of chrome trim. The sides are chiseled inward leaving the ports exposed, which makes the netbook look smaller than it actually is. The front of the netbook has a slight curve to it which matches the lid; the lid and the base fit together nicely. Although the N120 uses a larger six-cell battery, Samsung managed to design the netbook so there is only a small bulge out the back; the larger battery does not jut out like it does on some netbooks such as the HP Minis.
Overall, the Samsung N120 has the most pleasing design of any netbook I have used to date; it achieves visual attractiveness without the use of any outlandish lid designs or colors.
Screen and Speakers
It has a 10.1-inch widescreen screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1024×600 resolution and LED backlighting. Contrast and brightness are mind-blowing. The LEDs that light the display give an even brightness distribution.
Viewing angles are rather average. The display has a glossy screen coating, so reflections are a problem outdoors and in fluorescent lighting.
The N120 comes with three speakers – one 1.5 watt speaker on both sides of the display and a tiny subwoofer beneath the left palmrest. The machine supports SRS TruSurround XT technology which supposedly produces a virtual surround sound experience. The N120 can only sound tinnier than a traditional notebook and with no bass. The headphone jack is free of distortions and should be used to enjoy music.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The nearly full-size keyboard has good tactile feedback with good support for the keys which will not depress when your fingers are on them. The keys are also thinner. The keyboard exhibits no flex. It is also quiet with a mild click during typing.
The keyboard has some drawbacks, the Windows key is on the right side of the machine though in most keyboards it is on the left. Another weird feature is the volume control performed by the right and left arrow keys. The mute button is in the top row mapped to [F6].