Samsung NF210 netbook review

by Marcel 22 March 2011

Samsung NF210 Netbook

When you open up the packaging and reveal this little netbook, your first thoughts will be 'Wow! that's different.'

Whether you like the design or not (I actually quite like it) you can't deny that Samsung have done a great job on the NF-210. It's a solid, well built netbook with some nice finishing touches.

With a dual core atom processor running four threads it's more than up to any task the average netbook will ever need to accomplish. The second core definitely helps when running more than one application at a time with a virus scanner in the background, sharing the load whenever things get a little heavy.

The keyboard, while not full-size is a dream to type on with it's 'chiclet' type keys, it fells natural and solid, typing is a breeze. Startup from sleep is incredibly quick, within a few seconds you can continue with your work, and the connection with a bluetooth mouse is almost instant.

Unfortunately, you only get 1GB of memory with the machine, but it is very easy to upgrade, for about 20 euros you can get a 2GB stick of DDR3 SoDimm memory, it really does make a difference!

It really has everything you need; Blutooth 3.0, WLAN, SD Card Reader, a Webcam, 250 GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, and best of all, 10 hours of battery life!

All in all, a great little machine, it performs well, is eye catching and you can work all day on it without a recharge, I can definitely recommend it!

You can buy the Samsung NF210 at Amazon.


Laptops / Netbooks

Kindle eBook Reader

by Marcel 20 March 2011

Kindle eBook Reader

I'm a bit of a late starter as far as eReaders go. Although I love reading books, consuming at least 3-4 per month, I found eReaders too expensive and I couldn't let go of the experience of a 'real' book...

But when Amazon released their 3rd generation Kindle Reader late July I was one of the first to order. 

It arrived a few days after the official release date and I couldn't wait to get started. The packaging comprises of a few items:

  • the Kindle eReader itself
  • a Quickstart Guide
  • A US charger with micro USB cable (international customers sometimes only receive the USB cable)

I also ordered the Lighted Kindle cover, to protect the reader and for reading in bed.

First thing you notice is the screen, it does not look like the kind of screen you are used to from a laptop, monitor or TV, it looks kind of, well fake. But in fact it is the best screen you could hope for on a book-like device, crisp text, great contrast and best of all great to read outside (even in direct sunlight)

I loaded up a few free Kindle ebooks and got started reading, the screen flash on page turns is a little unnerving at first, but now I don't even notice it, it's quicker than turning a page in a real book, and much much easier, especially with one hand. (It's great when holding the baby!)

Battery life is as good as Amazon says, with mine lasting well over two weeks between charges (with WiFi on and using the reading light) and about a month with Wi-Fi switched off.

Reading in the bath is also great, some use a zip-lock bag to protect their kindle, but I prefer the KwikTek Dry Pak as it really is waterproof and isn't shiny.

All in all, a great device, I'm even considering getting a Kindle DX reader for reading work documentation and PDF files.

I highly recommend the Amazon Kindle eBook reader, personally I feel it is the best value for money at the moment, it's a great device!


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