|Media||160 GB 2.5″ SATA HDD|
|Operating system||Windows XP|
|CPU||1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270|
|Display||10.2″ (25.9 cm) 1024×600 LED-backlit TFT LCD|
|Input||Keyboard (93% 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)
|Power||7.5 hours of battery life with standard 6-cell battery|
|Dimensions||26.1 × 18.5 × 3.0 cm|
|Weight||1.33 kg (2.8 lb) (including battery)|
The Samsung NC10 is a subnotebook/netbook computer designed by Samsung. At the time of its introduction (2008), it was noted for its combination of a 10.2" screen and large 6-cell battery as standard, giving a battery life of up to 7.5 hours, a large hard disk drive and a release price of 499 USD (299 GBP).
Processor and memory
The Samsung NC10 uses a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor running at FSB frequency of 533 MHz, and includes 1 GB of DDR2 800/6400 memory as standard. North bridge chipset is Intel 945GSE and south bridge is Intel ICH7-M. NC10 may be equipped with DDR2 667 or 800 MHz, but 945GSE GMCH supports DDR2 400/533 MHz only, so there is no reason to install memory faster than 533 MHz (PC2-4200). Internally, the NC10 has one slot for memory accepting memory modules up to 2 GB.
The 83-key keyboard is 93% of the size of a full-size keyboard, with 17.7 mm pitch between keys and 2 mm travel on each key press, with some reviews claiming it is the best keyboard of any netbook yet released. The keyboard has also been treated with the anti-bacterial Silver Nano technology.
The standard internal hard drive size is 160 GB on a SATA 1.5 Gbit/s interface. It also includes an SD card slot, supporting MMC, SD and SDHC cards for additional storage. The standard internal hard drive can be replaced with a Solid State Drive (SSD).
Problems with hardware
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Some users noticed a white screen problem. After some time if the brightness is more than 40% screen goes completely white.
It has been reported on various forums that the problem relates to a faulty cable between the screen and motherboard. Users have had success in getting this fixed under the Samsung factory warranty. A YouTube video provides a simple DIY solution to the issue by fastening some screws around the screen.
The NC10 can be used as the platform to run Mac OS X using the IDeneb installation method. This combination of installing Apple's operating system on non-Apple hardware is often referred to as a "hackintosh" computer. In many cases, some features of either the hardware or software may not be totally functional or work as intended. There have been several such issues reported when using the NC10's default hardware.
The netbook can also be effectively turned into a "Chromebook" by installing the Cloudready operating system. This does remove some of the usual features however.
Colors and configurations
The NC10 is available in different colors and configurations. Colors include white, black, blue and pink. The configurations may differ in the lack of Bluetooth, e.g. in Spanish markets and some models in German markets, the fitting of a UMTS/HSDPA module, a weaker battery, or a stronger battery and a slightly bigger but non-multitouch touchpad as "special edition", available in the US.
The new model N110 is an upgrade of the basic NC10 design, with improved battery life, modified touchpad and improved styling.
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