Samsung N110 Performance and Conclusion

August 7, 2009 by Kevin O'Brien Reads (47,590)

Performance
The Samsung N110 uses the older 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, instead of the newer and slightly faster 1.66GHz N280 with a faster bus speed. In terms of real world performance difference we didn’t notice anything that stood out that made this model feel slower than others, outside of looking at the benchmark results. Boot and shutdown times were quick, and with the computer resting at an idle desktop screen shortly after you logged in. The netbook easily handled internet browsing, playing mp3s, watching streaming video, and 2D gaming without any hiccups. HD video played fine as long as it was 720P content or below. 1080P video pushed the Intel Atom N270 over the edge with many dropped frames and unsyncronized audio.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

Notebook / CPU wPrime 32M time
Sony VAIO TZ (Core 2 Duo U7600 @ 1.20GHz) 76.240 seconds
HP Pavilion dv2 (AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 @ 1.60GHz)
103.521 seconds
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE (Intel Atom N280 @ 1.66GHz) 114.749 seconds
Toshiba mini NB205 (Intel Atom N280 @ 1.66GHz) 115.891 seconds
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (Intel Atom N280 @ 1.66GHz) 116.030 seconds
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA (Intel Atom N280 @ 1.66GHz) 116.421 seconds
HP Mini 2140 with HD screen (Intel Atom N270 @ 1.60GHz) 123.281 seconds
Samsung N110 (Intel Atom N270 @ 1.60GHz) 123.422 seconds
Dell Latitude 2100 (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz) 124.062 seconds
Acer Aspire One (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)  125.812 seconds
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (2009) (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz) 126.406 seconds
ASUS Eee PC T91 (Intel Atom Z520 @ 1.33GHz) 141.031 seconds
Samsung NC20 (VIA Nano ULV U2250 @ 1.30GHz) 173.968 seconds

 

PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

Notebook PCMark05 Score
Sony VAIO TZ (1.20GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel GMA 950) 2,446 PCMarks
HP Pavilion dv2 (1.60GHz AMD Athlon Neo, ATI Radeon HD 3410 512MB) 2,191 PCMarks
ASUS N10 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, NVIDIA 9300M 256MB) 1,851 PCMarks
Toshiba Portege R500 (1.20GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel GMA 950) 1,839 PCMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 1,637 PCMarks
Dell Latitude 2100 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950) 1,588 PCMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 1,564 PCMarks
Acer Aspire One (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950) 1,555 PCMarks
Toshiba mini NB205 (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 1,538 PCMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 1,535 PCMarks
Samsung N110 (1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, Intel GMA 950) 1,511 PCMarks
Samsung NC20 (1.30GHz VIA Nano ULV U2250, VIA Chrome9 HC3) 1,441 PCMarks
HP Mini 2140 with HD screen (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950) 1,437 PCMarks
ASUS Eee PC T91 (1.33GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950) 1,292 PCMarks

 

We selected a family-friendly movie trailer and downloaded three different versions in 480p, 720p, and 1080p resolutions. We used the CCCP Codec Pack for decoding and Media Player Classic Homecinema (version 1.1.796.0) for playing all of the video files.

Video Playback Performance:

Video Resolution CPU Usage Playback Comments
480p 34%-44% Plays flawlessly
720p 54%-61% Plays flawlessly
1080p 75%-90% Unwatchable


HDTune for the hard drive performance:
Samsung N110

Heat and Noise
Under normal duties the N110 was comfortable to use, since it consumed very little power and thus put off very little heat. The fan didn’t have to do much work to keep system temperatures within reasonable levels, and usually defaulted to off or spinning at a very slow speed. Noise was minimal at worst.

Battery Life
The Samsung N110 blew me away with its battery life. When we generally think of insane battery life figures from netbooks, we think of huge batteries with cells sticking out in every direction. It usually ends up being a hand grip of sorts. Samsung made an almost-flush mount 66Wh battery for the N110, which that in itself is pretty impressive. The manufacturer battery life claim was 8.5 hours, which is pretty good as is, but we managed to go longer. In our standard test where the screen brightness is reduced to about 70%, processor set to automatic, and wireless active the Samsung N110 stayed on for 9 hours and 44 minutes. This beats out the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA, which only got 9 hours and 37 minutes. Power consumption varied between 6 and 9 watts during the test. This is almost the perfect definition of all-day battery life, since it was turned on an hour or so after I got into work, and turned off two hours before I went to sleep later that night. With light usage this could easily last an entire weekend.

Conclusion
The Samsung N110 impressed us in a lot of categories, but we also found some areas that could be improved. The keyboard felt cramped compared some other netbooks and the screen felt washed out in some aspects. On the other hand the build quality was excellent, the design was great, and the battery life was phenomenal. The price is somewhat high when you look at some of the larger 11.6″ and 12″ netbooks on the market, but it does lead the way in battery life. If unplugged performance is the most important thing you are looking for the Samsung N110 easily has you covered.

Pros:

  • Classy looks with high-gloss black paint
  • 9 hours and 44 minutes of battery life
  • Nearly flush mount battery

Cons:

  • Keyboard could be more spacious
  • No easy access to hard drive



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