Ideally, a netbook is the electronic version of a great thing that comes in a small package. More portable than a laptop, these little machines usually aren't big enough for DVD players or other extras, but they cost less and consume much less power, letting you surf the net or do some word processing on the go. Today we review two more models in this rapidly-growing niche: the Samsung Go N310 and the Gateway LT3103u
Samsung Go N310 Netbook
The Samsung Go N310 is a good example of style over substance. It's a well performing netbook, with internal features similar to those found in most other netbooks currently on the market. Of course, netbooks tend to be homogeneous internally these days, so manufacturers try to stand out with price and design differentiation.
Now, the Samsung Go N310 does have a cool, colorful, eye-catching design that stands out from more standard netbooks. The question is, is that an important factor to you? For people who need a netbook for business purposes, the answer is probably no. The younger demographic and students, though, may want a bit of flash to their netbooks.
The major down side to this is the Samsung Go N310 currently retails for about $479, which is much more than other netbooks with similar configurations. You have to really ask yourself if its cool design is worth that extra money.
The N310 comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor. You can download drivers and additional information from the company's website. Tech support is available by phone as well as online chat during certain hours of the day.
The Samsung Go N310 comes with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, which seems to be somewhat of an industry standard with current netbook configurations. The N310 has 512KB of L2 cache as well as 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM. It's in line with its competitors in terms of processing and performance, and handles simple everyday tasks such as surfing the Internet, checking email, and working on office documents without much of a problem.
It also has plenty of storage with its 160 GB hard drive. It has a six cell lithium ion battery that gives it approximately six hours of usage, which is not bad and should be good enough to keep you connected while on the go. The N310 uses the Windows XP operating system.
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