While writing my review for the new Samsung N230 10.1-inch netbook, I took a number of photos comparing the N230 to the slightly older N210 model.
These photos didn’t make it into my review, but I thought a quick comparison post between the two might be useful for potential buyers.
Specification / hardware wise both are very similar, with a 10.1-inch display, powered by the Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive.
Both versions I reviewed also come with a large 6-cell 66Wh (5900mAh) battery, but interestingly the N230 has slightly longer run time of 13.8 hours, vs 11.2 for the N210.
The Samsung N230 does add Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, rather than Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, and does add a subwoofer for higher quality sound.
I have always been very keen on the N210’s design, but I must admit, I do prefer the slimmer and sleeker design and finish of the N230. It also has a slightly smaller overall footprint, and is noticeably lighter <1KG VS 1.3KG.
Both have excellent build quality and are very rigid and strong. The keyboard and trackpad are excellent on both, with very little to zero flex at all. The N230 goes with a boarderless design for the keyboard.
From these two photos you can see how the N230 is slimmer than the N210.
Both netbooks are powered by the Atom N450 processor so they are equal on performance. The Samsung N210 scored 28400 points in CrystalMark, while the N230 scored 27512, which in real terms is very miniscule difference.
The RRP of the Samsung N230 is $399 but you can buy it for around $349 from Amazon in the US.
If you’re in the UK, it’s available for
£349 £337 from Amazon UK.