The Samsung NC20 was the second netbook to be released in the N-Series range of ultra portable PCs. This model was notable for it's larger than normal size, featuring a 12" screen, traditionally thought to be too big for a netbook. However the NC20 proved that being a netbook was more about being affordable and portable than fitting into any prescribed dimensions and the machines went on to be both a critical success and highly thought of by its owners.
The VIA Nano processor performed well in professional benchmarking tests and compared very well with the Intel Atom processor found in the NC10 Netbook. It was found that the NC20 was able to outperform its smaller cousin in video related tasks for example.
Exploring the NC20
The Samsung NC20 received mainly positive reviews from critics and users alike.
- User Review: An almost perfect netbook.
- PC Pro: In one regard, the NC20 dares to be dangerously different. Indeed, where virtually every other netbook looks to Intel's Atom as the processor of choice, Samsung's NC20 employs VIA's much-touted and rarely seen rival, the Nano. (5/6)
- CNET: Winning package, with good performance, fantastic battery life and a relatively large screen. 9/10
- Notebook Review: Overall we were pleased with the performance from the VIA Nano platform
- Zdnet: Samsung's 12.1in. NC20 performs significantly better than netbooks based on Intel's Atom processor, thanks to its VIA Nano CPU. 8.5/10
- Tech Radar: Machines with smaller screens may ﬁt more happily in the bottom of a record bag, but if you actually want to use it regularly the bigger screen is the way to go. 4.5/5
- PC Mag: A combination that's near impossible to find on a netbook at this point—a 12-inch widescreen and a full-size keyboard. These two features alone might just compel you to fork over the extra cash. 4/5
- Samsung NC20: SammyNetbook.com community site page
- Samsung NC20 Forum: Join thousands of other owners to swap tips, updates and let us know what you do with your NC20
- Samsung NC20 FAQ: Community built list of frequently asked questions.
- Official Samsung Product Page: Official information from the manufacturer
Samsung NC20 Specifications
- Graphic Processor: VIA VX800 Chrome9™ HC3 DX9 3D engine
- Sound: HD (High Definition) Audio
- Sound Effect: EDS (Enhanced Digital Sound) Effect
- Multimedia Player: AVStation Now Play AVStation
- Speaker: 2 Speakers x 1.5 Watts
- Integrated Camera: 1.3 Mega Pixel integrated digital motion camera
- HDD: 80GB (5400rpm S-ATA) / 120GB (5400rpm S-ATA) / 160GB (5400rpm S-ATA)
- Wired Ethernet LAN: 10 / 100 LAN
- Wireless LAN: Atheros 802.11b.g
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
- Headphone-out: Headphone-out
- Mic-in: Microphone-in
- Internal Mic: Yes
- USB: 3 x USB 2.0
- Multi Card Slot: 3-in-1 (SD, SDHC, MMC)
- DC-In (Power Port): Yes
- Lock: Kensington Lock Port
- Standard Battery: 6 Cell
- Dimension (W x D x H mm): 292.4 x 217 x 30.7mm
- Weight, include Standard Battery (kg): 1.5kg