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Samsung NC20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 460 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 also get good feedback. There are some critical views about the sound.

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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 by: ( 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 Views about the size and screen are generally positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Views are divided on the reliability, while many are negative about the connectivity.

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)

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: ( 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 are impressed by the screen and performance. The portability and size also get good comments.

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

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: (

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: J. Simon Leitner (

Review Samsung NC20 Netbook


Netbook +/- The NC20, the successor to the popular NC10, has just

Good design; Good case sturdiness; The guarantee can be extended to up to 48 months; User-friendly, comfortable to use input devices; Low heat and sound emissions; Good battery life

Glare-type display makes outdoor use hard.; A UMTS version is not available yet

There isn't much going on yet in the 12 inch netbook market. Dell offers, for example, the Inspiron Mini 12. Eventually maybe cheaper, more traditional subnotebooks too.

Mar, 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: 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: 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

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

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

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

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 Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/512KB


Front Camera: No
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Dimensions & Weight



Display Surface:Gloss / Matt

Display (Projector)

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

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


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


Data Bus Speed:667MHz/800MHz




Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.3GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Diamondville
Processor Number:U2250
Processor Series:Intel Atom N200 series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2.5

Processor special features

Intel 64: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Processor ARK ID:36331
Processor package size:22


Installed Size:1GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

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