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N220 at 0.6m
idle (14~15 dBA)
during Xvid playback (16 dBA)
CPU load, CPU + GPU load (17~18 dBA)
Comparable System sound files:
EC1803h at 0.6m
fan off (18 dBA)
fan set to low (20 dBA)
idle (24 dBA)
during Xvid playback (26 dBA)
during x264 playback, CPU load, CPU + GPU load (29 dBA)
In the end Pine Trail delivers more or less what we expected in a netbook.
The Samsung N220's battery lasted about 8.5 hours when surfing the web, slightly
better than the Asus 1005HA.
When playing Xvid video, it stayed alive for a tremendous 8 hours flat, 1.5
hours better than the 1005HA. It seems the more stress you put on it, the longer
it lasts compared to the competition. The machine also runs fairly cool and
is easily the quietest mobile PC we've ever tested, measuring only 14~15 dBA@0.6m
when idle, and 17~18 dBA@0.6m at full load. Furthermore, the N220 is solidly
constructed, which is rare for a netbook these days, and features an exemplary
screen with a matte finish.
It is still a netbook though, so it suffers from all the problems about which
netbook haters love to complain. It is of course small and light, being just
over 1 inch thick and just under 3 pounds, but its keyboard and LCD are small
too. The screen's resolution is low, and with no digital video output, nor hardware
acceleration for high definition video, it is best suited for playing standard
definition material. While Atom is energy efficient, its performance is anemic;
the hardware is only suitable for basic tasks. The choice of operation system
compounds this a bit as well Windows 7 Starter is a bigger resource hog
The Samsung N220 retails for about US$400, which is high for a 10" netbook.
They are considered commodities by many, so Samsung may have trouble getting
takers at that price. Alternatives include the US$300 Asus Eee PC 1001P, which
sports similar specifications with the exception of 802.11n. The US$320 Gateway
LT21 series and Acer AO532h are comparable models as well, only lacking Bluetooth.
If long battery life is not essential, US$400 can get you a much more capable
11.6" single core CULV system like the Acer Aspire AS1410 or the Gateway
EC1805U, the US version of the Gateway
Our thanks to Samsung
for N220 sample.
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Articles of Related Interest
Asus UL30A & Lenovo ThinkPad
Edge 13 CULV Notebooks
Asus UL80Vt: A CULV Laptop with Hybrid
Gateway EC1803h: Netbook
Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005HA netbook
Intel D510M0 Motherboard: Atom 2.0
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this article in the SPCR forums.
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