Friday, 19 March 2010

Product Reviews - Samsung Mini-Notebook N150

Although I'm totally fixated on fashion, beauty, accessories and the like, and anyone who knows me will back me up, today, because this has been such a strange week, I thought I'd talk about my precious (yes precious) Samsung Netbook.

Anyone who knows me will also tell you that I am totally addicted to my Blackberry for keeping in touch on the move (despite No 1 son having condescendingly said that if I carried my email about with me I'd have nothing to do when I got back home (!), yes really) and I have proved him totally wrong, as networking and communicating are probably what I enjoy doing the most. Plus writing, of course.

So when, in an almost synchronised moment, the trackball failed on my Bold 9000 and my daughter sent me an email to say that her bag was lost in South Africa on route to Australia, I felt as if life as I knew it had come to an end. Ridiculous, I know, but there it was.

A day, or two at the most, was what I would have to wait for my new phone to arrive, however, with meetings in London and emails to keep up with I dug out my Netbook (which I keep for longer distance travel), and it solved all my problems. My Blackberry could still make calls, you see. Anyone lugging a full sized laptop around in this day and age, unless they need it for presentation purposes, is making a mistake. The netbook is ridiculously light, ridiculously small, and what it lacks in speed (and it does) it makes up for in value for money.

I'll freely admit to lusting after Sony's X Series Vaio - being faster, lighter and prettier, but at well over four times the price of the Samsung it wasn't even in the frame.

For anyone who travels, wants to take everything with them, from all their business needs to Hootsuite and Facebook and stay online just about anywhere, this has to be a really excellent solution. Mine will be making it to Paris with me next week, I blogged on it this week about customer service, and I'll be doing so next week about the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Champes Elysee, or other, inspiring, choses Parisienne, if I have the time, of course.

You will, just in case you don't know, need a 'dongle' to go with your netbook for it to work pretty well everywhere, but you can often get extremely good deals on these with your netbook, particularly at PC World. I know. It's a dreadful word. I have to say I thought that about 'blog' at first, although 'weblog' makes sense, but 'dongle'? Not sure at all, or very sure, whichever way you like to look at it.