Samsung N120

Samsung N120

The Samsung Go, with its trendy name and brightly colored cases, is this company’s most buzzed-about netbook (mini or ultra-portable laptops). If you took the Go’s marketing materials at face value, you’d believe the machines are highly popular among young surfer dudes who want to check their e-mail at the beach. Not exactly the kind of toy to carry into the boardroom or a client presentation if you want to be taken seriously. For the suit-and-tie set, Samsung released the N120 netbook in April 2009. The stodgy black-and-white machines look like they were designed with grown-ups in mind. One feature that sets it apart from the rest of the ultra-portable pack is its nearly full-size keyboard, which large-handed typers will find easier to use compared to pecking away on the mini-keypads on other netbooks. The N120 also comes with more multimedia punch than its competitors, boasting a pair of 1.5 watt stereo speakers and (gasp) a subwoofer. Not exactly a home theater experience, but according to reviews the sound quality is a significant step up from other netbooks. So when you’re on the road, you’ll be able to stream a Netflix movie and actually hear the dialogue. More importantly, with the built-in camera, the speakers turn this netbook into a potential videoconferencing station, too.