Low-performance, low-cost "netbooks" remain a popular computing solution for many consumers and business professionals despite the fact that these little laptops lack the capabilities of full-featured notebooks. Why bother with a netbook when you can just use a smartphone? Verizon Wireless believes the large keyboard, physically larger screen, USB ports and Windows 7 interface are all reasons to buy the Samsung N150 netbook. Oh, and let's not forget that you can buy it for $30 with a two-year contract and stay connected to the internet anywhere the Verizon network has coverage.
Our Samsung N150 (NP-N150-HAV1US) features the following specifications:
The design of the Samsung N150 is, in a word, "average" for a modern netbook. The matte black exterior combined with a burgandy red stripe of color around the edges delivers a simple consumer-oriented netbook appearance with a touch of business class. The plastics used in the construction of the chassis are high quality enough to avoid creaking sounds when you squeeze the netbook, but the plastics are thin enough that you feel that netbook flexing under the pressure of your fingertips.
Taking a look at the bottom of the Samsung N150 reveals this is one of the least upgrade-friendly netbooks we've seen. Most netbooks have one massive access panel on the bottom of the laptop or two smaller panels that allow you to remove the RAM and the the hard drive in order to upgrade these components yourself. The N150 only features a small panel over the RAM slot allowing you to upgrade the RAM. Accessing the hard drive and wireless cards requires you to completely disassemble the netbook.
That being said, it's doubtful that the majority of people buying this netbook from Verizon will upgrade any component ... even adding a 2GB stick of RAM is unlikely for most N150 owners.
Ports and Features
The Samsung N150 features three USB 2.0 ports, VGA-out, headphone jack, microphone jack, SD card slot and Ethernet. Of course, if you purchase this netbook from Verizon you also get the built-in Verizon WWAN card for broadband internet access anywhere the Verizon network has coverage.
Right: Wireless on/off switch, two USB 2.0, LAN, VGA, Kensington Lock slot
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