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Samsung NC20

Samsung NC20
alaScore 85

342 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 342 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and keyboard. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but reviews are divided on the reliability.

screen, usability, portability, keyboard, battery

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 analysed 135 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 Laptop Computers on

usability, portability, screen, performance, battery


93% 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-Laptop (VIA Nano U2250 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Windows XP Home, White)Samsung NC20 12.1-inch Mini-Notebook (VIA Nano U2250 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Windows XP Home, White)

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 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

usability, portability, price, screen, keyboard

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

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

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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...


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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.

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Samsung NC20


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

Bigger screen than standard Netbooks; new Via Nano CPU

Larger size sacrifices some portability; very basic port selection

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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.

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Samsung NC20 (21GBK)


Despite a slightly bloated price tag, the Samsung NC20 (21GBK) is the only netbook that has both a 12-inch widescreen 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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Samsung's Luscious Laptop Puts Nebbish Netbooks to Shame


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 it's definitely smart, from portability to performance to play time.

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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Samsung NC20


The Samsung NC20 was released after the Samsung NC10. The NC20 is definitely bigger with a 12.1-inch screen, an almost full size keyboard with a six-cell battery. This VIA-based netbook comes with 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive and VIA …

The Samsung NC20 looks almost like a notebook with its large keyboard and even larger screen It performs well with its VIA The Samsung NC20 looks almost like a notebook with its large keyboard and even larger screen It performs well with its VIA Nano...

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

Dimensions & Weight


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


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
Processor Number:U2250


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