Folks in the UK and other countries have had some playtime with the Samsung NC20, but here in the U.S., we’re just in the ordering stage. LAPTOP Magazine just received the Korean version of the NC20 and provides a quick, walk-around video tour of the device.
This is the 12.1-inch bigger brother of Samsung’s NC10 netbook, which is fairly popular due to the long run-time of the 6-cell battery. Aside from the size differences, the NC20 uses a 1.3GHz VIA Nano CPU in lieu of the 1.6GHz Intel Atom found in the NC10 and many other devices in this class. I like the look of the keyboard on the NC20 already, and although I don’t need 720p video playback on my netbook, those that do will be happy, according to LAPTOP. They also say that the NewEgg will be an exclusive seller of the NC20 here, and that March 16th is the expected date to watch for.
I’m personally at a “sticking point” with 12-inch netbooks like the NC20 and Dell’s Mini 12. When I’m not carrying my 13.3-inch Apple MacBook around, I’m toting my 10-inch MSI Wind. These 12-inch devices offer a solid compromise between performance and portability, but I think I have my bases covered already. I’ll have to think some more on this one, but I know I don’t need a third mobile device to manage.