It took a long time but I finally got my birthday present, a netbook computer. Mind you, I researched the hell out of this puppy. I wanted something small (it is), powerful (ditto), easy to type on (yes!) and, possibly the icing on the cake, long battery life–about 6+ hours worth. I got that in the Samsung NC10 netbook. It’s a lovely piece of machinery, blue, with a shiny and sleek cover and a host of cool functions. And it comes with Windows XP, not Vista. That could be a big plus for some people.
In the same arena as the Acers, MSI Wind, and Eee PCs, the Samsung has many of the same features of these mini laptops (10.2 inches), but the battery life is the most impressive, clocking almost 7 hours on conservative use. One of the most recent reviews can be found at Laptopmag. I purchased mine from Amazon.com for $487 total. You have your choice of white, black, and, my choice, blue.
There is also a great blog (out of the UK) of people who’ve purchased a “Sammy” and a fantastic forum where you can join the conversations about specs, tweaks, and other tech issues. You want pictures of its unboxing? Then head on over to my flickr stream and see its unveiling.