Samsung unveiled the new Samsung N120 Netbook about a week ago. The Samsung N120 is already now under the 25 bestselling Netbooks on Amazon. What makes this Samsung netbook interesting compared to the dominating Asus Eee netbooks?
The Samsung N120-12GW features the 1.6Ghz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, 10.1-inch, 97% of full-size keyboard (12 inch keyboard), 1.3MP Camera, stereo speakers with SRS sound, and a 6 cell battery promising 7.5 hours.
Measurements of the Samsung N120 are 10.71" x 7.4" x 1.17" and the weight is 2.8lbs.
The Samsung N120 of course runs Windows XP.
The Samsung N120 appeals with a slim-line design paired with an ergonomic keyboard and decent media features. Samsung highlights the video conferencing capabilities and audio quality of the N120. Samsung aims to blur the line between laptops and netbooks in the multimedia capabilities, but let’s not forget that the N120 is running the old XP OS and is by no means a HD and 3D powerhouse.
The current bestselling netbook on Amazon.com is the Asus Eee 1000HE. Lets compare the Samsung N120 with the Asus Eee 100HE to find out why you would want to buy the newcomer.
The Asus Eee 1000HE is using the newer Intel Atom N280 CPU running on 1.66Ghz. Asus promises a longer battery life of 9.5 hours, but this is really not really easy to compare unless you have both netbooks sitting next to each other performing the same tasks.
Both the N120 and the 1000HE feature a 10 inch LED screen, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD and a 1.3MP camera. The keyboard of the Asus Eee 1000HE is a chiclet-style keyboard having 92% the size of generic notebooks. As mentioned above the Samsung netbook has slightly bigger one with 97%.
Measurements of the 1000HE are 10.47 (W) x 7.53 (D) x 1.12-1.50 (H) inches, which makes it a bit thicker on some parts of the netbook compared to the N120.
The Asus Eee PC 1000HE sells for $387.53, where as the Samsung N120 sells for $460.24.
The essence of the above is that there is actually no reason to buy the Samsung N120 instead of the Asus Eee PC 1000HE besides color. The N120 is offered in white and the 1000HE is only offered in black and blue. The slightly bigger keyboard cannot be worth the $70 price difference. If you just go by specifications and price the Asus Eee PC 1000HE is quite a bit better than the new N120. There is possibly some arguement about the slimmer overall look of the N120 that looks a bit (just a bit, really cooler in terms of netbook case design is the new Eee 1008HA) cooler than the Eee 1000HE. If you have bought the N120 please email me why you picked it. Update: Based on the Feedback I got so far the deciding factor for the Samsung N120 for many is the keyboard. The slightly larger size does make a difference apparently for many netbook buyers.
Where to Buy
The Samsung N120 is selling for $460.99 on Amazon.com. Compare Prices in other Stores.
The Asus Eee PC 1000HE is selling for $387.98 on Amazon.com. Compare Prices on other stores.