Having read my review of the Samsung N210, site reader Steve Mann, aka Scallywag went out and bought the Samsung N220, the version with the colored lid. He then commented some interesting information about his purchase on the site.
It turns out that the UK version of the N220 model has more than just a fancy colored lid, it also comes with an extra sub woofer for improved sound, and more importantly the Broadcom Crystal HD video decoder card, giving the Samsung N220 1080p HD playback support!
This is very interesting (and some what confusing), as absolutely nowhere on the Samsung UK site, or anywhere for that matter, does it mention “HD Playback” or the Crystal HD card at all. And even stranger, I have previously seen disassembly photos of the German version of the N220 where it didn’t feature the card.
Steve has been kind enough to send over some photos of his Samsung N220 bearing the “HD Playback” sticker, a photo of the base with the sub woofer, and the Crystal HD card shown in the device manager.
So do all the Samsung N220’s in the UK have the Broadcom HD card?, we assume so. It appears that this might be a UK exclusive.
Update: I have heard back from Broadcom directly about this. They said that the NP-N220-JMD1UK, and NP-N220-JMD2UK models have the BCM70015 (Crystal HD) integrated on the motherboard. This is only sold in the UK, but they also have an Australian model.
I did a search an Amazon UK for both model numbers and it returns results for the N220, so it’s safe to conclude that all Samsung N220’s in the UK feature the Broadcom Crystal HD acceleration.