Samsung NC10 netbook unboxed, benchmarked, up for pre-order

The Samsung NC10 netbook has had a pre-release unboxing and benchmark photoshoot, pitting the NC10 against ASUS' Eee PC 901.  While falling short of a full review, it does tell us that the keyboard is more usable than the Eee PC's – thanks to larger keys – and the trackpad, though relatively small, works well.  As for the benchmarks, in CPUMark 2.2 the NC10 scored 75.05 points, while the 901 managed 74.27.Check out the full Samsung N10 image gallery after the cut

In fact, all the benchmark results were close, with CPUMark 2.1 showing 2192.9 points for the Samsung (and 2195 for the ASUS), while 3DMark06 showed 88 points for the NC10 and 74 for the 901.  That's a lot to do with the standardized netbook hardware: like most other machines, the Samsung NC10 runs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.

The NC10 is available for pre-order in the US, priced at around $480.  It's unclear whether that includes the 3-cell battery seen in this photo-set (which managed around 2hrs use) or the 6-cell battery that Samsung suggest 8hrs from and common-sense tips at more like 5-6hrs.