Samsung toughens up netbooks for school

Samsung launches the NB30, a semi-ruggedised netbook aimed at education, at BETT 2010

Tim Danton
13 Jan 2010

Samsung has unveiled a semi-ruggedised netbook designed to survive the rigours of the classroom.

The NB30 is on show at BETT 2010, and is packed with features aimed at preventing accidental damage. Among these are a spill-resistant keyboard, a hard-disk freefall sensor that parks the drive head if the NB30 is dropped, and – most importantly – a rubberised, shock- and scratch-resistant lid.

“Many netbooks just sit under the sofa, ready for when people want to go on the internet,” says Darren Matthews, commercial manager of Samsung’s mobile computing division, “but the NB30 is designed to be used by children on the move.”

“We’ve already got fantastically low failure rates for our netbooks, and the NB30 will improve things further.”

The most striking feature is that lid, with a swirling, contoured finish that Samsung also claims is resistant to smudged fingerprints. The 10.1in LED-backlit screen it protects looks sharp and vibrant, with the usual netbook resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels.

The NB30 is built on Intel’s latest Pine Trail platform, with a 1.66GHz Hyper-Threaded Atom processor and Intel GMA 3150 graphics. The rest of the specs follow a familiar pattern, with a choice of Windows 7 Starter of Windows XP Home, 802.11bgn wireless, and either 160GB or 250GB hard disks.

The Samsung NB30 is already on sale, with selling the Windows XP version for £230 exc VAT and the Windows 7 version for £277 exc VAT.

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