Posted 19 April 2009 - 08:34 AM
I purchased a Samsung NC10 netbook about a 6 weeks ago. It is not my primary computer. I have a Dell Dimension desktop with a wide screen monitor that is a workhorse (my main machine loaded with my resource-hog programs), but it is located upstairs in another room.
Since moving most of my banking to online payments and wanting to check my school email (web-based) regularly, I found it a chore to run up and down stairs frequently. We have a desk in our kitchen where I regularly pay all of our bills, so I purchased this netbook, set it up on the desk, connected to our wireless network and no longer have to run upstairs when I'm doing my banking. It's also real handy for quickly connecting to the internet when I need to look up store hours or just read the BC forums.
For the $399 that I paid for this little machine that is no larger than a piece of standard notebook paper, it's a great convenience and loaded with features. I can quickly pull pictures from my camera card (built-in SD card reader) or recharge my iPod (two USB 2.0 ports). With 1 GB of RAM that can easily be upgraded to 2 GB of RAM, it handles everything I need it to do. I've installed Office 2003 Pro on it as well as Macromedia Fireworks (for photo editing). It's a little over 2 lbs., has a 7 to 8 hour battery life, fits in my purse, and is easy to use. This model has Bluetooth capabilities and a built-in camera, which my Dell Dimension does not. Plus, these come standard with Win XP, and since I am not a Vista lover, it was a no-brainer.
The drawbacks: yes, netbooks do have a smaller screen (this one has a 10.1") than normal laptops and there is no optical drive, so installing software can be a bit of a challenge. I have been able to work around those issues, though. All in all, it's been worth the money and I enjoy the convenience of having it. As a primary computer it would not suit my needs, but as a secondary piece of equipment, it's a fabulous tool.