Samsung N220 Pine Trail Netbook

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Samsung N220 Pine Trail Netbook

May 16, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product Samsung N220
Manufacturer Samsung
Street Price CAD$420/£290

The second generation of Intel Atom saw the consolidation of their chip design through the elimination of the Northbridge by integrating the memory controller and graphics core onto the same package as the CPU. Our first experience with the new platform came in the form of the Intel D510M0, a mini-ITX motherboard with an integrated dual core D510 processor, the successor to the D945GCLF2 and Atom 330. While we did not see any tangible performance increase, the new architecture was significantly more power efficient, easier to cool, and quieter. We speculated at the time that the new Atom platform, codename Pine Trail, would be more compelling in mobile devices for which battery life is paramount.

Cue the Samsung N220, a 10.1" netbook utilizing the new Atom N450 processor, the direct replacement for the well-known 1.66GHz N280 found in countless other netbooks. The N220 has many of the usual trappings of such machines including a low resolution 1024x600 screen, a small keyboard, and only 1GB of RAM. However, with Pine Trail at its heart and a hefty 5900mAh battery, it has the potential to be a very cool, quiet, and long-lasting travel companion.


The Samsung N220.

The N220 is currently selling in Canada and Europe for the equivalent of US$400. Samsung will be shipping the N210, which is the same device but with a US keyboard layout, to the United States in the near future.


Our N220 sample shipped with a pouch and some basic literature. No optical media was included.


Samsung N220: Specifications
Display
10.1", 1024x600, Non-Gloss, LED Back Light
CPU
Intel® Atom™ N450
(1.66 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache, 5.5W)
Chipset
Intel NM10 Express
Graphics
Intel GMA 3150
Memory
1GB DDR2 PC2-6400
Storage
250GB 5400 RPM SATA
Optical Drive
No
Networking
10/100 LAN, 802.11bg/n
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR
Webcam
0.3 megapixel (640x480)
Card Reader
3-in-1 (SD, SDHC, MMC)
Speakers 3W Stereo (1.5W x 2)
Battery
6-cell 5900 mAh 66Wh
Dimensions (measured)
1.34 kg, 26.2 x 18.8 x 2.9~3.7 cm
(W x D x H)
Operating System
Windows 7 Starter


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