Yesterday, I bought a Samsung N148 Netbook and I’m here to share my experience with it. The device is really amazing and a true value for money. The body is stylish with a shiny black sparkling top, feels strong and really good to use. It is packed with all the latest features and configurations which a smart and reliable netbook should offer.
Display – N148 comes with a 10.1” anti-reflective display which produces bold colors and sharp images. The brightness is also very good and can be controlled as required.
Battery – N148 gives an awesome Battery backup of 8.5hrs which is fairly true and the USP of this netbook. It offers a 250GB Hard drive and 6-cell battery at just Rs. 15k which is hardly provided by anyone in the market.
Sound – There are 2 speakers at the bottom in front which outputs good quality sound. It has HD (High Definition) Audio with SRS 3D Sound Effect via software.
There are 5 Status Indicators that show the operating status of the computer. They are namely: Caps lock, Hard disk drive, Wireless LAN, Charge status, and Power.
Keyboard Functions – The keys are smooth and various hotkey keyboard shortcuts make it easier to control than ever. There are shortcut key functions like Standby mode, see remaining battery, turn on/off LCD, switch Wireless LAN & Bluetooth on/off, disable the touchpad, etc. You can also adjust screen brightness and volume control.
TouchPad – I found the touchpad just like an effective touchpad in any good laptop. There is also a scroll area to scroll up and down the web pages or in explorer.
Software and Drivers – N148 came with DOS but I was able to install Windows 7 easily using a Bootable USB drive. The best part is that Samsung provides a DVD with all the software and drivers for Windows 7. The software, drivers and Windows 7 updates included in system software media can be installed unattended without any issues.
Also, Samsung provides all the latest updated driver, software, and BIOS firmware for Windows 7 (32-bit) and Windows XP on their support site. So, no more hassles!
Samsung N148 Plus (NP-N148-DP03IN) Netbook Photos
Samsung N148 Plus (NP-N148-DP03IN) Features & Specifications:
- OS: DOS
- CPU: Intel Atom Processor N450 @ 1.66Ghz
- LCD: 10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600), Non-Gloss, LED Display
- Memory: 1GB DDR2 SODIMM
- Chipset: Intel NM10 Express
- Storage: 250GB S-ATA HDD
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
- Sound: HD (High Definition) Audio with SRS 3D Sound Effect
- Wired Ethernet LAN 10/100 LAN
- WLAN: 802.11 bgn
- Bluetooth 3.0 High speed
- Integrated Web Camera
- I/O Ports: VGA, Headphone, Microphone-in + Internal Mic, 3 x USB 2.0 with chargeable USB (in left), RJ45 (LAN)
- 3-in-1 Card reader (SD, SDHC, MMC) cards supported with Adapter
- Battery: 6-cell
- Weight: 1.24 Kg (2.73lbs)
Price: Rs. 15,000 (with taxes) in India
Verdict: At last, I want to say that I’m highly impressed with this netbook and got more than what I expected. I don’t have anything negative to say about it, it is great and really worth the money spend on it. Do ask any questions via comments if you have. 🙂
Update – A new variant of this model “Samsung NP-N148-DP05IN” is now available to Buy online at Flipkart for Rs. 13850. Comes with 1 Year Domestic Pick and Drop Limited Warranty, Free Transit Insurance, and Free Home Delivery.