Samsung Canada today announced the availability of its N310, a fashionable netbook designed by Naoto Fukasawa, a leading designer whose minimalist products have won more than 50 awards.
I had a chance to play around with Samsung’s new N310 netbook over the summer and the first thing I noticed was its lightweight frame — at just 2.6 pounds — and rubber-like finish on the body that feels great to the touch.
Despite its small size, this Windows 7-powered netbook features a QWERTY keyboard that’s about 93 percent of a full-sized one (one of my biggest beef with netbooks), and the keys are separated nicely in what Samsung calls a “pebble” design (they look more like Chiclets to me, though).
The 10.1-inch frameless screen is quite bright and is said to be scratch-resistant. Other specs include 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, Stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 1.3-megapixel webcam and integrated GMA 950 graphics.
Another impressive feature is its battery life at up to 9.9 hours, says Samsung, via its 6-cell battery, which is up to three times better than the typical 3-cell battery found in most netbooks today.
But you’ll need to pay for all of these goodies, naturally, with a relatively steep price of $499. In other words, if you’re buying this netbook for the small form factor and design, go for it, but for that price you can buy a more powerful and feature-rich laptop, no?
That said, this blog post isn’t meant to be a review as I didn’t put the Samsung N310 through its paces. Have you? Any Sync readers out there already pick up this new tech toy?