Samsung NB30 review

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Samsung’s NB30 is a durable netbook. While we’re not going to claim it’s as bullet-proof as genuinely rugged machines, it still grants a little extra protection from drops and bumps, making it especially suitable as a beginner laptop for small children.

The chassis is coated in tough rubber rather than the gloss we usually see on netbooks, so it’s able to withstand the occasional knock, and it won’t pick up unsightly scuffs and scratches as easily as most. Those shocks and bumps are unlikely to trouble the delicate hard disk either, since it features shock protection to safeguard your data in the event of a fall. It even has a spill-resistant keyboard.

Samsung NB30

While the NB30’s wrist rest and lid don’t feel as flex-free as some of its rivals, the thick, solid plastic shell inspires more confidence than most. The keyboard carries on this solid feel with an unyielding base and a pleasant typing action, and the accompanying trackpad is just as impressive, with accurate cursor control and a pair of comfortable buttons.

The 10.1in 1,024 x 600 display is fine, with decent viewing angles and bright colours, and we’re pleased to see a matte finish rather than the usual glossy panel. And, while the benchmark score of 0.30 isn’t anything out of the ordinary, the light-use battery result of nine hours is superb. It’ll easily manage a working day away from the mains.

In all, then, the NB30 is a capable machine packed into a durable chassis. It’s more expensive than the competition, but worth the extra if you value durability over looks.


Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions262 x 188 x 35mm (WDH)
Travelling weight1.6kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom N450
Motherboard chipsetIntel NM10
RAM capacity1.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal1,024
Resolution screen vertical600
Resolution1024 x 600
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 3150
Graphics card RAM64MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Optical disc technologyN/A
Optical driveNone
Battery capacity5,900mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed100Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Speaker locationFront edge
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.3mp
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use9hr 0min
Overall application benchmark score0.30

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Starter 32-bit
OS familyWindows 7

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