LAPTOP Magazine has completed their review of the 10″ Intel Atom-powered Samsung NC10 netbook and posted it online.
It looks like the 10″ MSI Wind U100 (also with an Intel Atom under its hood) has now been given a serious run for its money.
They imported a Korean version of the NC10 (it hasn’t been released in the US yet), and they gave it a 4 / 5 with a “LAPTOP Magazine Editor’s Choice” award. Just to give you an idea of the Wind, it was reviewed back in June and received the Editor’s Choice award, but a 4.5 / 5.
As expected, it was the keyboard that really came into its own, with Joanna Stern saying: When it comes to the keyboard, the NC10 easily bests those on the MSI Wind and Eee PC 1000H. The 93 percentâ€“full size layout is comfortable, and the raised keys provided nice tactile feedback….The feel of the keys and the size of the keyboard isnâ€™t all the NC10 has got going for it: unlike the 1000H and the Wind, the key positioning of the NC10 is near perfect. The right Shift key is full size and directly below the Enter key. When typing this review in WordPad we rarely mistyped words.
The most important thing, and I’m surprised this didn’t garner a higher rating, was the battery life. It surprised Joanna Stern, such that she re-ran the tests just to make sure.
How long are we talking with the standard 6-cell battery?
7 hours and 34 minutes. This included continuous web browsing over a WiFi connection (with a lowered brightness). With 100% brightness, they were still able to get 4 hours and 48 minutes.
Updated: battery life has been updated
Read: LAPTOP Magazine