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What's does the
Plus in N150 Plus stand
for? This particular version of Samsung's
popular 10.1-inch netbook is exclusive to Best
Buy and features a stylish red/black lid that's
reminiscent of the brand's higher-end laptops. You
also get a utility for reducing power in sleep mode
and a larger 250GB hard drive versus the standard
N150. The touchpad could be better, but overall the
N150 Plus is one of the better
inches and 2.8 pounds, the
N150 Plus feels lighter than it
looks and fit comfortably in our
hands. The battery raises the
chassis about a quarter of an
inch in the back, making for an
ergonomic typing angle. Small
speaker grilles sit just under
the front lip of the system.
Although they're springy
and responsive, the chiclet-
style keys along the top are
a little too small for comfort. The 2.5 x 1.4-inch
multitouch-enabled touchpad feels cramped, the
default settings for the scrolling areas take up
more space than necessary. Thankfully, you can
turn off edge scrolling. The single mouse bar is
narrow, but works well.
The 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel LED-backlit
matte display offered bright colors and deep blacks
11 categories such as Family, Gaming, Money
Management, and Pictures and Video. Users can
also purchase Geek Squad support and service
from this interface. Beyond this, Samsung includes
its robust suite of branded apps and utilities.
The Samsung N150 Plus has it all: good looks,
decent performance, long battery life, and a
keyboard that doesn't frustrate our fingers. We
especially like how little power this netbook uses
in sleep mode when you take advantage of its Fast
Boot software. Overall, we prefer the $50-cheaper
ASUS Eee 1001P because it has a better touchpad
and lasts longer on a charge. But style mavens who
want good audio quality and the ability to use their
netbook outdoors will be satisfied by this machine.
---K. T. Bradford
despite the lack of a glossy finish. We didn't notice
any glare in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, viewing
angles weren't very wide.
Audio quality is among the best we've heard
on a netbook. Sounds didn't even distort at 100
percent when soprano divas were hitting the high
notes in our recording of Lakmé. The 0.3-megapixel
webcam above the display captured acceptable
still images and video.
Sadly, SD Cards stick out half an inch from the
netbook and don't include a spring lock, so they
don't feel very secure when they're inserted.
The 1.66-GHz Intel Atom N450 processor
and 1GB of RAM earned the Samsung N150
Plus a below-average score on PCMark05.
We also noticed that the machine was
a little sluggish when we had more
than six tabs open in Google Chrome
while also running other programs
(OpenOffice Writer, Skype, and
Windows Media Player).
The 5,400-rpm, 250GB hard drive beat most
netbooks on the LAPTOP Transfer Test. But it was
1.1 MBps behind the Samsung N210 (22.7 MBps).
The 57-second boot time was a few seconds faster
On 3DMark06, the 156-point score doesn't come
close to average, but that figure includes systems
with Nvidia Ion graphics. Standard definition video
clips played smoothly off the hard drive, though
the netbook didn't handle an HD trailer of The
Discoverers very well.
For users who find the dif-
ferences between Sleep and
Hibernation mode confusing
and value a speedy wake time,
the Fast Boot utility is perfect.
After putting the N150 Plus to
sleep for about 9 hours, the
battery had lost less than
5 percent of its power. The
netbook woke immediately
when we lifted the lid.
Overall, the N150 Plus
lasted 7 hours and 12 minutes
running the LAPTOP Battery
Test, almost an hour longer than the average net-
book. However, Samsung still lags behind category
leaders---namely the ASUS Eee PC 1001P (8:40),
Gateway LT2118U (9:06), HP Mini 5102 (10:08),
and Toshiba mini NB305 (8:37).
Best Buy includes its Software Installer to guide
novice users through adding programs they find
useful. Apps (both free and paid) are divided into
Samsung N150 Plus (N15 0 -11)
Good looks, strong sound, and a sleep mode that uses very little power make this
premium netbook a solid choice.
CPU: 1.66-GHz Intel Atom N450 Operating
System: Windows 7 Starter Edition (32-bit)
RAM/Upgradeable to: 1GB/2GB Hard Drive
Size/Speed: 250GB/5,400 rpm Display Size/
Resolution: 10.1 inches/1024 x 600 Graph-
ics/Video Memory: Intel GMA 3150/Shared
Wireless: 8 0 2.11b /g / n Ports: Three USB 2.0,
VGA, Ethernet, headphone, mic, Kensington
lock slot Card Slots: 3-in-1 memory card
reader Size: 10.4 x 7.4 x 1.4 inches Weight:
2.8 pounds Warranty/Support: One-year
limited/24/7 toll-free phone
Glare-free matte display
Great audio quality
Excellent power/sleep management
Finicky touchpad and narrow mouse buttons
SD Cards stick out when inserted
The N150 Plus' attractive deep
red and black chassis with a
subtle dot pattern picks up
fingerprints in a hurry.
LAPTOP | September 2010
BENCHMARKS Score Category
LAPTOP Battery Test
LAPTOP Transfer Test
Boot Time (min:sec)* 0:57
Test (min:sec)* 5:44
Efficiency Rating* 11.3
* Lower is better
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