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Samsung NC20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 461 reviews of Samsung NC20. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the screen and portability. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the sound.

performance, usability, size, portability, screen


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung NC20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung NC20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 user reviews of Samsung NC20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the size and screen are generally positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

performance, usability, portability, screen, size


92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung NC20 12.1-inch Mini-notebook (VIA Nano U2250 1.3 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Bluetooth, Windows XP Home, Black)Samsung NC20 12.1-inch Mini-notebook (VIA Nano U2250 1.3 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Bluetooth, Windows XP Home, Black)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung NC20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Samsung NC20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the screen and performance. The portability and size are also appreciated.

usability, size, portability, performance, screen

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung NC20-21GBK 12.1-Inch Black Netbook - 6 Hour BatterySamsung NC20-21GBK 12.1-Inch Black Netbook - 6 Hour Battery

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (

Samsung's NC20 reviewed ahead of US release


If all goes according to plan, Samsung's more-than-a-netbook NC20 is just a day away from its official American release, and, on this momentous eve, Laptop has graced us all with a full review of the thing -- or the Korean version, at least. We've ...

Mar, 2009

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Samsung NC20 sees foreign review, universal appreciation


According to a remarkably lengthy review penned in Russian, the NC20 is a real stunner. Somehow, Samsung managed to stuff six hours of battery life into a mac...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Loyd Case (

Samsung NP-NC20


Netbooks are all the rage these days, and some companies, like Dell, are practically giving them away.

Large screen for a netbook ; Good battery Life

A bit beefy ; Pricey for its class

This lumpy netbook's biggest selling points: It's screen and good battery life. But you could buy a full laptop for less.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

Samsung NC20 (21GBK)


There's a lot to love about the Samsung NC20 (21GBK) netbook, including a big screen and a full-size keyboard.

Big 12-inch widescreen. Desirable 1,280-by-800 screen resolution. Full-size keyboard. Performance is better than expected. Very portable. Big battery.

Bland design. A bit pricey for a netbook.

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May, 2009

Expert review by : Christopher Null (

Review: Samsung NC20


The Samsung NC20 has created a category all its own: hands-down favorite computer of the year. Sure, this netbook won't ever be called sexy, but...

Slaps the netbook market upside the head with the holy trinity of notebook virtues: performance, portability, and play time (nearly four hours on a charge). VIA Nano processor runs circles around Intel Atom found in most netbooks. Full complement of...

LCD is on the dim side. Looks won’t incite envy in the executive lounge — can’t we have cheap and sexy

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Samsung NC20 review


Editors' note: The U.S. version of the Samsung NC20 is now available through online retailers for $549.

Bigger screen than standard Netbooks; new Via Nano CPU.

Larger size sacrifices some portability; very basic port selection.

The 12-inch Samsung NC20 holds its own in the first Netbook showdown between Via's new Nano CPU and Intel's popular Atom.

Apr, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Joanna Stern (

Samsung NC20


This affordable 12-inch netbook provides comparable performance to the 10-inch competition while boasting a larger screen and keyboard for a more comfortable mobile computing experience.

Bright, glossy 12.1-inch screen ; Full-size keyboard ; Loud speakers ; Excellent Wi-Fi performance

Thicker than 10-inch netbooks ; Long boot time for an XP netbook ; 5200-mAh battery offers below-average performance for six-cell battery netbook

The NC20 houses the same ports as the NC10, including three USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 memory card reader, mic and headphone jacks, a VGA port, and an Ethernet port. We would have liked to see the extra space used to accommodate an ExpressCard slot for...

Mar, 2009

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Samsung NC20 Review


The Samsung NC20 is a good Netbook that is comfortable, light and has a good battery life – the three fundamental qualities that many of us seek. Its Via Nano processor can totally stand against Intel's 1.6Ghz single-core Atom and its hard disk is even...

May, 2009

Expert review by : Kevin O'Brien (

Samsung NC20 Review


The Samsung NC20 is a 12.1" netbook and larger brother to the 10" NC10. The NC20 offers a larger nearly-full-size keyboard, large 6-cell battery, WXGA resolution display, and the VIA Nano platform. Since the last VIA-based netbook in our office was the...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : John Ratsey (

Samsung NC20 User Review


The user guide is an animated .SWF document pre-installed on the hard disk. I would have preferred a normal PDF file

Solid construction with good styling and attention to detail ; Bright and sharp WXGA display ; Good sized keyboard including dedicated Page Up and page Down keys ; Generous touchpad ; Good hard disk capacity and speed ; Three USB ports and media card...

Glossy display (but some people see that as a good thing) ; No WWAN option (at the moment) ; Slightly uneven brightness on display ; An Express Card slot would have increased the upgrade options

I concluded my NC10 review with the remark "However, there will still be a demand for the ultra-portables from those people who want their only notebook to be as small and light as possible." Is the NC20 as, Samsung say, a large-screen netbook or is it...

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

Shop online, surf the web and chat with ease. The NC20 mini notebook gives you the freedom to accomplish more on the go. Enjoy images filled with bold, vibrant colors on a glossy LCD screen with 1280 x 800 resolution. The NC20 mini notebook is an affordable mobile solution ideal for all your online needs.


Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD EDS / HDA EDS
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 3

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery Capacity:5200 / 5720 / 5900
Battery life (max):6 / 6.5
Battery performance:5200 / 5720 / 5900
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/512KB


Front Camera:N
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Color of product:Black / Silver / White
Product type:Netbook

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:12.1
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
LED backlight: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40
Power supply:40

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Chrome9 HC3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128


Country Kits:United Kingdom/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung NC20

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touch-screen / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:82 / 83 / 84 / 87
Keyboard type:Anti-Bacterial Keyboard / QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:667MHz/800MHz


Internal memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Memory clock speed:800
Memory layout:1 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM




Type: None


3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 100
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth / Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / WLAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Other Features

Audio system:HD Audio / HD EDS
Compliance industry standards:Atheros 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 / 11.5 x 8.54 x 1.21 / 11.5 x 8.54 x 1.22 / 11.6 x 1.21 x 8.54
Display:LED / TFT
Graphics:GMA 950
Graphics adapter:GMA 950
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Memory Type:PC2-6400
Modem Type:N
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g / 802.11b/g / Atheros 802.11 b/g / Atheros 802.11b.g, Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11 b/g / IEEE 802.11b/g

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control:N

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control: No


GPS (satellite):N

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Headphone outputs:1 / 3.5
I/O ports:VGA/Headphone-out/Mic-in/Internal Mic/USB/\nMulti Card Slot/DC-In (Power Port)
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1 / 3


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40
Power supply:40


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:1.3GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):12
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:47
Processing die size:26
Processor cache:0.5 / 1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Diamondville
Processor cores:1
Processor family:Intel Pentium Mobile
Processor frequency:1.3 / 1.6
Processor front side bus:533 / 667 / 800
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:N270
Processor Number:U2250
Processor operating modes:32-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom N200 series
Processor socket:Socket F (1207)
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2.5

Processor special features

Embedded options available: Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:N
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:36331
Processor code:SLB73
Processor package size:22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2, SSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:1GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


BIOS password: Yes
Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:Adobe Acrobat Reader 8\n / SAMSUNG Magic Doctor \nSAMSUNG Update Plus \nEasy Display Manger\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nOperating System Recovery DVD\nSystem S/W Media / SAMSUNG Magic Doctor\nSAMSUNG Update Plus\nEasy Display Manger\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader / SAMSUNG Recovery Solution III / SAMSUNG Recovery Solution III \nAdobe Acrobat Reader
Drivers included: Yes
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system installed:Windows XP Home Edition
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security 9.0 / McAfee Virus Scan


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 80
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Solid-state drive capacity:160
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 80

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB
Notebook Type:Netbook/Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:VIA Chrome9 HC3

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.2 / 1.21 / 8.54
Height:1.21 / 1.22 / 8.5 / 8.54
Weight:3.31 / 3.35 / 3.4
Width:11.5 / 11.6