Samsung NC10 netbook
Samsung partners with Optus to deliver built-in 3G broadband to the NC10 netbook
- Built-in 3G with Optus, decent build quality, good keyboard layout, good battery life
- Tiny touchpad, lacks a bit of style, poor display viewing angles
Samsung's NC10 isn't the most attractive netbook on the market, but its built in 3G wireless broadband capabilities and above average battery life makes it a good road warrior.
A standard netbook with a pretty conventional design, Samsung's NC10 won't turn many heads, but its crowning feature is built-in 3G wireless broadband. Partnered with Optus, the Samsung NC10 becomes a handy road-warrior — if you can live with the tiny touchpad.
The Samsung NC10 netbook has a basic design that follows a pattern similar to the plethora of netbooks already available on the market. This standard design is no surprise, as the NC10 has been available overseas for quite some time before finally hitting Australian shelves. Despite the lack of style flourishes, the netbook’s gloss black lid, chrome edges and sturdy build quality is still impressive. The large chrome hinges feel well built, and the Samsung NC10's display exhibits minimal flex when twisted. The Samsung NC10's chassis is made of a strong plastic and there are no loose, squeaking or moving parts.
The Samsung NC10's keyboard is well spaced and comfortable to use, and the keys are all in their regular positions. Unfortunately, the touchpad is quite small and too narrow for our liking — it’s about an inch wide — and in our tests scrolling and general gesturing was a little frustrating. The NC10's display is LED backlit, meaning it is brighter and uses less power than a regular LCD screen. Viewing angles aren't great though and the standard 1024x600 resolution means the desktop can be a little cramped.
The Samsung NC10 netbook’s netbook specifications are similar to the rest of the pack — it runs Windows XP SP3, has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, a 160GB hard disk drive, 1GB of DDR2 RAM and integrated graphics. Its best feature is the built-in 3G wireless broadband, with a SIM card slot located under the battery. Samsung has partnered with Optus for the NC10 launch, offering the netbook for free if you sign up to one of two 24 month contract plans — a $49.99 per month plan that includes 2GB of data and a $69.99 per month plan with 5GB of data. It is not available as a standalone netbook locally.
The Samsung NC10 netbook includes Optus’ wireless broadband software pre-installed, and getting online is a simple matter of launching the software and clicking connect. In our tests the Optus network isn’t always on par with its competitors, but the convenience of not having to plug in a USB modem for wireless broadband as well as freeing up an USB port, still makes this a nice addition. During testing, we managed to achieve download speeds of up to 2.2 kilobytes per second (KBps) and upload speeds of up to 1.6KBps — slightly better speeds than Optus' own E1762 Wireless Broadband USB modem.
The Samsung NC10 netbook features the standard array of ports with three USB 2.0 ports, a D-Sub port, 10/100 Ethernet, headphone and microphone jacks, an SD card reader and a Kensington lock slot. The lack of Gigabit Ethernet is disappointing and the SD card reader is annoyingly positioned on the edge of the front fascia. Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity are included and a neat set of LED lights on the front panel provide notifications for caps and number lock, power and hard drive use, amongst others.
During general use, the Samsung NC10 netbook is a very quiet machine, despite the use of a regular hard drive rather as opposed to a quieter SSD one. The underside of this netbook does get a little warm during prolonged use, though it's not enough to detract from the overall user experience.
In our iTunes test it took the Samsung NC10 netbook 7min 52sec to encode 53min worth of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3s. This is quite a good result for a netbook and it is a better score than the BenQ Joybook Lite U120 Eco and MSI's Wind U120 recorded. The NC10 netbook also fared well in our hard drive transfer speed test, with a result of 21.63 megabytes per second (MBps).
The Samsung NC10 netbook includes a VGA webcam above the display. Audio from the built-in speakers is about average — there is little bass and distortion is evident at high volumes, but using a regular set of headphones produces reasonable audio quality.
Battery life is quite impressive. In our battery test, where we loop a video file with the screen brightness at its highest setting, the Samsung NC10's 6-cell battery lasted just over four hours. This test was conducted in high-performance mode, so you will get even better results by changing the Windows XP power settings.
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 2 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 3 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 5 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Settings in iOS 10: Every notable change you need to know
- FBI faces lawsuit because it's stayed mum on iPhone 5c hack
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Toshiba's new SSD line features rock-bottom pricing
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
PCW Evaluation Team
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
- LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- MSI GE73 VR Raider Gaming Laptop review
- First Look: Nikon D850
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - Online PokerNSW
- FTBusiness AnalystSA
- CCNetwork Security ArchitectQLD
- CCRF Engineer - Sydney Based, Start August 2017NSW
- CCMultiple Hadoop Developers Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne or AdelaideACT
- FTData Scientist/Java LeadVIC
- FTSalesforce ConsultantVIC
- CCeLearning DeveloperACT
- FTRelease Coordinator - Fixed TermOther
- CCSAP Techno Function ConsultantNSW
- CCData ArchitectQLD
- FTBig Data DeveloperOther
- FTProgram ManagerOther
- FTService Desk AnalystVIC
- FTeCommerce Integration Support DeveloperVIC
- FTSystem AdministratorACT
- FTSenior Technical Business Analyst/BSAOther
- CCAWS DevOps Engineer - BrisbaneQLD
- TPAudio Visual Project ManagerNSW
- TPSenior Change ManagerNSW
- FTTechnical Manager- Electrical/ Mechanical Engineering backgrndOther
- FTChange Manager OR Senior Change AnalystOther
- FTBusiness Analyst (Logistics transformation program)Other
- FTDesktop EngineerOther
- FTTechnical writerNSW