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|Media||160 GB 2.5" SATA HDD|
|Operating system||Windows XP|
|Power||6.5 hours of battery life with standard 6-cell battery|
|CPU||VIA Nano ULV Processor U2250 (1.3+GHz, 800MHz)|
|Display||12.1" 1280 × 800 LED-backlit TFT LCD|
|Input||Keyboard (100% full size, anti-bacterial)
|Camera||1.3 megapixel Webcam built-in|
|Connectivity||10/100 Mbit Ethernet
802.11b/g wireless LAN
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (standard configuration)
3 USB 2.0 ports
3-in-1 Flash Memory card reader (SD, SDHC, MMC)
|Dimensions||292.4mm × 217mm × 30.7mm|
The Samsung NC20 is a subnotebook / Netbook computer designed by Samsung. At the time of its introduction, (February 2009, while in the U.S.A. was on March 2009), it was the first mainstream netbook to use the VIA Nano processor and the first to support the x86-64 instruction set. The 12.1" screen size is larger than typical for this class of ultra portable PC. Its most direct competitors are the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 and the MSI Wind U210.
Processor and memory
The hardware is powerful enough to run Windows 7 in everyday situations (web-browsing, email, office applications). However, CPU-demanding tasks (e.g. Flash videos) tend to put the system at its limit.
The screen is a glossy display and measures 12.1 inches (307 mm) diagonally. It has a native resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels. The screen is LED-backlit. An external display can be used through the standard VGA connector.
Keyboard and touchpad
The 84-key keyboard is a full-size keyboard, with standard 18.5mm key pitch between keys. The keyboard has also been coated with anti-bacterial Silver Nano ions. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.
The NC20 has built-in LAN (10/100 MBit) via a standard-sized RJ45-jack, 802.11b/g Wifi as well as Bluetooth. It also comes with 3 USB 2.0 ports.
Audio and video
A webcam (Namuga 1.3 megapixel) is built into the display frame, as well as a microphone. Together with the built-in stereo speakers, the NC20 can be used for audio/video conferences (e.g. using Skype), albeit only with moderate call-quality. The webcam picture becomes relatively noisy under low-light conditions and the microphone produces audible noise and picks up vibrations from the harddisk or when typing.
The NC20 also has standard 3,5mm jacks for audio output (headphones / line-out) and input (external microphone / line-in), allowing for far better audio quality than the built-in speakers and microphone.
Not all of the features of this notebook are supported under Linux. Playing video and microphone are partially supported. External monitor support under Linux is not possible. WLAN under Ubuntu is reported to have frequent freezeups. 
If the videodriver version 184.108.40.206 is installed on an NC20 with Windows XP, the system might freeze. Possible solutions for this are:
- Rolling back to a previous restore point using System Restore
- Uninstalling the videodriver and installing an older version
Backlight turns on
After the system has been switched off, the screen's backlight would occasionally turn on a few minutes or hours later, even though the lid is still closed. This was a problem in the mainboard, and since it would usually occur quite soon after purchase, Samsung fixed it under warranty by replacing the entire mainboard.
- Samsung Specifications
- Samsung NC20 Community Site
- Samsung NC20 Blog
- Samsung Netbook Tips (applies to NC10)