Yep, it's arrived! And SO much smaller than I'd imagined too. Here's a photo of my 'normal' (17" wide screen) laptop and my new Samsung NC10 10.2-inch Netbook. Please excuse the messiness that is my desk!
It's like a mini-me of my normal laptop and SOOOO light!
I've already installed YWriter on it so now, in theory, I can work on my novel on either laptop - as long as I remember to transfer the files via a flash pen.
The only downsides I can see so far are the fact that the Netbook doesn't have a CDROM drive (I've just ordered an external USB DVD/CD drive via Amazon so I can install Windows Office) and the fact that the shift key on the right hand side of the keyboard is that bit further away than normal so when I try to type a capital letter beginning with a,w,e etc it turns out as \a or \e because I'm only stretching far enough to hit the '\' key (which is where the shift key is on my big laptop). I'm sure I'll get used to it in time though.
The other thing I need to get used to is the fact that the button under the touchpad is really thin and therefore a bit fiddly. It's only one button as well, unlike the two on my big laptop, so I have to find alternate ways to do things that normally require a click of the right button. Mind you I can plug a USB mouse in so that's one way of getting around things.
All in all though I'm really pleased. I was worried that the keyboard would be too small to touch type but it's absolutely fine and I don't have tiny fingers! The font size is fine too - no problems there - and I haven't encountered any websites I can't read or navigate (despite the small screen size).
According to the various reviews I've read the Netbook has a good 7 hours battery life when charged so that's perfect for writing my novel or surfing the web on a train or plane journey or in a cafe or the garden (I'm already dreaming of sunnier weather!) .
So there you go - that's a Calistro thumbs up for the Samsung Netbook. Guess I've got no excuse not to get on with writing novel 2 then. Talking of which...
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