LCD Analysis: the Good and Bad

The quality of the Samsung N210's screen is in and of itself not terribly noteworthy: the low 1024x600 resolution is as cramped as ever, and the overall sheen sparkles a bit more than the average matte screen does. Oh, what, matte? Yes, that's right: those of us who have finally gotten sick of glossy screens on everything will be pleased to know that Samsung opted to include a matte screen on the N210, and it really does help outdoor use tremendously. Netbooks may have started with LED-backlit matte screens, but once the mainstream got a hold of them everything went glossy, so it's a refreshing change to see Samsung opt to use a screen that might actually be legible in daylight.

Outside of using a matte finish, though, how does the N210's screen hold up?

Laptop LCD Quality - Contrast

Laptop LCD Quality - White

Laptop LCD Quality - Black

Laptop LCD Quality - Color Accuracy

Laptop LCD Quality - Color Gamut

It holds up okay. The screen isn't stellar to look at and viewing angles wash out dark details in a hurry, but for basic word processing use and very occasional photo viewing, the N210's screen can get the job done. The ASUS 1001P still wins out as the highest contrast netbook LCD in recent history, with a matte surface to boot, but it also has the distinction of having the lowest maximum brightness. If you're doing a lot of outdoor work, the brighter panel in the N210 may be the way to go.

Inside and Outside the Samsung N210 Application Performance and Battery Life
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  • synaesthetic - Thursday, July 29, 2010 - link

    Too bad people don't actually use netbooks the way they were originally intended.

    srsly guys, they're not full-power laptops, they shouldn't have Windows 7 on them...
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - link

    Instead of a culv the best option out ther are the Athlon II / Turion II Neo ultrapotables/"netbooks". As well as any culv in cpu performance with the huge advantage of the Ati hd4200 IGP.

    Whoever buys an atom really buy out of ignorance. And then comply in topics like these about the slow feeling.
  • freeman70 - Sunday, August 8, 2010 - link

    After selling my netbook and buying a Dual Core CULV SU2300 ACER 1410 with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, I have never looked back. The 11.6 inch ultra-portable laptop isn't noticeably larger or heavier. However, the difference in performance was immediately apparent. The current atom processors are too slow for anything other than the basics. They are only suitable for those who absolutely need long battery life. If you enjoy waiting for multiple web pages to load or slow USB 2.0 throughput, then go out and buy one now. If not, wait to see what kind of performance the new dual core N series atom CPUs will provide.

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