Samsung N120 Available in US

April 16, 2009

in Samsung N120

A SammyNetbook member pointed this out a couple of days ago and I’m just getting round to blogging it! Newegg are listing the N120 in both Black and White. At the time of writing it seems to be in stock and available to buy right now!

Looks like this will be the first of the new models to ship buy tramadol online in south africa out. If you have ordered one – let us know when it arrives and I’d love to see some photos, unboxing etc! I would be happy to post any photos or a “mini-review” to the front page from the first buyers.

Info added to our Buy N110 Page.

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bbrannan April 18, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Just ordered my N120 off Newegg. I’m very excited to be one of the first
(for a change) to get one! I’m usually the guy that buys something right
before it gets upgraded or discontinued.

Anyway, happy to review once it’s here. I know some have complained that
they should’ve used the extra real estate provided by the bigger
keyboard to have a bigger screen, but I don’t care about that much; I’m
looking forward to the larger keyboard and better speakers. I just hope
they didn’t take a step backward, as the official spec says max of 1GB
of RAM. If it isn’t upgradable, I think I’ll be disappointed.

jez April 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Nice one, I look forward to hearing how you find the N120 :). I’ve always tried to target this site as a user community and I think people love reading this kind of feedback along with reviews from commercial sites.

bbrannan April 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I’m typing this on my new Samsung N120. It showed up on my doorstep about three and a half hours ago, and I now have it set up, more or less to my liking, but I haven’t really put it through its paces. That said, here are some initial thoughts.

First, I wasn’t really able to set up the hard drive as one big partition. This is through no fault of anyone’s; the utility comes up after running through the Microsoft Out of Box Experience and that first restart, but before anything else loads. Since I had to have someone with a working pair of eyeballs to help with this, it just got left at its default configuration.

As I mentioned the working pair of eyeballs, a feature I don’t have, I can’t comment on the display, sorry. I’ll leave the relative merits of glossy versus matte and Samsung glossy versus other glossy to someone else.

The touchpad, also something I will probably never use, seems to be comparable to that on similar machines, and it’s fortunately placed such that it hasn’t interfered with typing.

Sound is better than on the Acer Aspire, certainly as good as one can expect from a computer of this size. It’s plenty loud enough, and music sounds decent out of the speakers. I think beside the screen is a really good place for speakers, certainly better than the bottom of the computer.

The six-cell battery slips into this machine very nicely. There isn’t any noticeable bulk due to the battery. The battery latches in nicely, and it doesn’t seem to throw off the balance on the machine much.

The protective pouch for the N120 doesn’t seem to be any better than its predecessor’s; it’s pretty much a token gesture. As with the NC10, if Samsung’s going
to skimp somewhere, it really is best that it’s in the protective pouch.

One gripe I have: the electronic manual. Can we please have the manual in just a plain old PDF file? Please? The manual reader just seems like it won’t be very useful to me.

I really want to focus on the keyboard here. As promised, it really is a full-sized keyboard. The keys are fairly flat, something like the keys on my Macbook. They’re a nice size and give good positive tactile feedback. I can definitely see that typing on this will not be a problem at all, not even for an extended period. I don’t find my speed or accuracy is negatively impacted here. There are, however, a couple of key placement oddities that I think are noteworthy. First, the good news: I’m sure many will find that a right alt and right control are very welcome additions to a notebook keyboard. I don’t care so much; I have always used the left ones. But then there’s the bad news: the grave accent/tilde key is directly to the left of the spacebar, not directly to the left of 1 as God intended. This is a small thing that will take some getting used to. Perhaps more brain bending for me, however, is the placement of the Windows and application or context keys. They’re backwards, which is to say the Windows key, which brings up the start menu and also is used as a modifier (windows-r for the run dialog, windows-d to minimize everything and focus the desktop, etc.) is on the right, between the right alt and control; not on the left as you would expect. The context, or applications key is on the left, between the left alt and left control keys. I think I understand why this was done; this key also doubles as the FN key, theusual laptop modifier key to add extra keys or perform special laptop functions, such as changing volume, screen brightness, and so on, as well as turning on the embedded number pad. Since this key does double duty, I reckon that that’s why their positions were swapped. This will take some reminding before I get used to this arrangement. Other than these oddities, the keyboard is really a joy to type on.

jez April 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Thanks for the post BBRANNAN!

So the N120 is the first of the new netbooks to start shipping seriously. Congrats on being one of the first new owners :)!

Good to hear that you have found the keyboard a positive experience as this is surely one of the key reasons to buy one of these devices.

And yes, I agree the manual seems over produced. Like you say – what’s wrong with a PDF. Surely easier for them to make and easier for us to use. I can even remember the days when we’d get a printed one too! ;)

bbrannan April 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Just to clarify, there is a printed manual as well; also a software recovery disc and some other paper stuff I don’t know what it is yet. Probably a warranty card and a quick start guide for the impatient or something. By the way, this thing is very nicely packaged; things are put into nice compartments, the bags aren’t heat sealed (so you can get the stuff out of them without ripping the bag to shreds in the process). Really, you won’t destroy the packaging getting stuff out, although it is, admittedly, a tight fit inside the box.

Also forgot to mention that the power brick isn’t overly huge either. It should be fairly easy to carry along if needed.

Ibrahim April 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

You’ll find four booklets. The thickest one will be the Easy Recovery user guide, the glossy one is the installation guide. The thinnest of the lot will be the servicing policy and garantee information which leaves us with the health and safety booklet. Needless to say, these are all in different languages not just english so don’t worry overly much. The discs are the Samsung recovery media which will reinstall XP and which is a standard cd. The system media on the other hand is a DVD and this contains all your drivers and utilities. Samsung set everything up for you, but they’ve done it in such a way as that you can never restore to the original factory settings. The reason for this is that when XP installs, you have to go through the setup before you can install the drivers if your recovering the system. Hope this helps someone. PS, I don’t have a working pair of eyeballs either, but don’t let it get you down *smile*.

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