The price is right?
In the end, I can’t help but think back fondly to the N230 I reviewed last year. It too had a £349 price tag, but its super-long battery life helped it pick up a decent score. However, despite being less than six months old, the N230 appears to have already been put out to pasture. At the time of writing, I couldn’t find it on sale anywhere. The only conclusion I can draw from this is that Samsung reckons its customers will happily sacrifice a whole chunk of battery life for a miniscule boost in performance.
No glossy display for the N350
Small, well-designed and comfortable to use, the N350 could have been a great little netbook. However, the relatively poor battery life and minimal performance boost offered by the dual-core Atom make its high price somewhat unpalatable. ®
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Samsung N350 dual-core netbook
Any chance of firing it up with a bootable USB of the latest Ubuntu to see if it is fully functional out of the box, or whether we'd need to go and find any drivers for it?
Why have the netbook manufacturers deserted SSDs?
I would love something like this (better battery though) and would prefer just 20GB SSD than 250GB disk.
I don't want to carry around all that info/data/entertainment on a netbook - I have no need for it (it's just more to manage/lose)
I appreciate others might want more capacity, that's OK I've no problem with that :-)
Why are there no new(ish) netbooks which come without Windows and with an SSD?
Not enough demand for such?
Think i'll wait for an android tablet instead :-(
Make 'em cheaper
The Netbook was meant to represent the gateway to sub £200 computing (or at least net access) so to my mind any offering which can't come close to that price point is not a netbook, just an underpowered Laptop.
Seconded on battery life, the biggest problem with my Acer Aspire A110 is that battery life is a poor.
Having used an EeePC 1000 for a couple of years now I am certain that the most important feature in machines of this class is battery life. Processing power, memory etc. are more than adequate for typical netbook purposes. So the N350 is a mistake : for £350 I would expect significantly higher battery life, a higher res screen and a DVD drive. I wouldn't pay more than £200 for it as it stands.
Dual core good
Battery life - bad but not terrible
Hard drive instead of solid-state storage - lame.
Apart from the new processor, things really haven't progressed much since the eee901, nor have the prices dropped.
I don't care if you're in the "make 'em cheaper" or the "make 'em faster" camp, some real progress on either of those fronts would be good!