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Samsung N150 Plus Netbook

Aug 30, 2010, 21:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.A. Watson)

"It's been a while since I bought any new hardware. Yesterday I saw a Samsung N150 Plus for a price that I just couldn't pass up - 333 Swiss Francs (about £200). It looked nice, felt good, I've been looking for an Intel Atom-based netbook since my dual-Atom desktop has been out on loan for quite a while, and I just wanted to try something different anyway. So, here is a quick overview (and a major rant) of the factory-delivered software and configuration, before I start loading Linux on it.

"First, it comes preloaded with Windows 7 Brain-Dead Edition (aka Starter Edition). This is my first direct exposure to Win7 BDE, and with any luck it will be my last.

"Second, the netbook itself really seems very nice. The screen is bright and easy to read, and according to a pre-installed Samsung utility, it can do 1024x768 in addition to the standard 1024x600, although I haven't tried that yet. It will be interesting to see what Linux makes of the screen resolution."

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