SpecificationsNotebook: Samsung X120
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 649 euro
Average of 13 scores (from 14 reviews)
Reviews for the Samsung X120
X-tra Battery Life? All three models of Samsung's X-range have come into our editorial office in the last few days. In order to catch the customer's eye they are supposed to score especially in design and their portability. We checked that first on the smallest model, named X120, with an 11.6 inch monitor.
While the Samsung X120 is very neat and small laptop, it manages to pack a lot of performance in too. Don’t be fooled by the slightly anachronistic Pentium brand of CPU, as the 1.3GHz SU4100 has two reasonably fast cores to churn through tasks pretty quickly, and the 3GB of memory comes in handy too. We’d prefer the black lid to our silvery grey one, but we still had a certain amount of pride when drawing the X120 from our satchel bag, as its sleek looks and respectable keyboard (even if a few keys are oddly positioned) set this laptop apart from more blocky, basic designs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 90% workmanship: 80%
Source: IT Reviews
It's hard to remember back to a time when there wasn't some form of mobile computer, now that the market is flooded with laptops, notebooks, netbooks, tablets, PDAs and smartphones. The Samsung X120 notebook ideally bridges the gap between netbook and larger notebooks with its chic looks, light weight, powerful CPU and attractive keyboard, although it would benefit from a larger touchpad and longer battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/08/2010
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 60%
Source: PC Advisor
The Samsung X120 is a compact and lightweight laptop with 11.6in screen and Intel dual-core low-voltage processor. The Samsung X120 straddles the gap between netbook and notebook in size, albeit with a price erring towards the full-size category. Fortunately its overall performance is also very much in the realm of a fully featured laptop, and should recommend itself to anyone looking for a relatively quick but thin and lightweight laptop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/22/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 70%
Source: Pocket Lint
We like the Samsung X120. With netbooks all offering the same specifications, and prices rising rather than falling, this product is a refreshing change. There’s enough performance to use for regular home and office tasks, and although it’s still not the fastest machine it features a great specification for the price. It also provides excellent quality, the screen is top-drawer, and it offers a high-end ultra-portable experience that’s out of sorts with the budget price tag. If you’re on the lookout for a compact machine, then the Samsung X120 is highly recommended.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Mobile Computer
We may have mentioned in the past that 2009 was going to be the year of the ULV ultraportable, with the implication that these ‘thin and light’ laptops with more traditional specifications would quickly eat into netbook sales. Well, you know what? We were wrong. With a longer battery life, the Samsung X120 would be an outstanding ULV ultraportable, but as it stands, it’s merely excellent — and highly recommended
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 83%
Competitively priced, stylish and portable, there's a lot to like with this Samsung ultraportable laptop. The Samsung X120is a small, stylish and very usable ultraportable laptop that is worth a look if you're after a well-priced machine to keep you productive on the move. If you're after a well-priced ultraportable there are now more options than ever on the market, but thanks to its great design and good portability, we'd be very tempted by the Samsung X120.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Trusted Reviews
Samsung made a big splash in the netbook market when it released the still excellent NC10. It came to the market late and learnt from the mistakes of others, producing a product that (at the time) fulfilled all the needs and desires of consumers. Samsung's first CULV laptop scores well in the design and performance stakes, but is let down by poor battery life for a segment that's supposed to promote it. Depending on your point of view it might not be a disaster, but it remains an opportunity spurned.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 70% mobility: 50%
The ultra-portable laptops with ultra-low-voltage processors that we've seen so far have all been thin and light, but none could really be described as 'affordable'. The Samsung X120 is by far the best ULV ultra-portable we've seen so far. It's cheap, highly portable and Samsung has made surprisingly few compromises. The only real disappointment is its lacklustre battery life, but, if around 2.5 hours of mains-free use is all you require, you'll be served well by the rest of the specification.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 88%
If you are in the market for a netbook, but want something that is a little bit nippier than your average sub-£400 ‘mini-puter’ that are all the rage right now, then Samsung’s new ultra-thin and light X120 could well be just the ticket. The fact that it packs in a very handy HDMI output port, for when you’ve pitched up back in your lounge and want to carry-on with that iPlayer catch-up session, was the final cherry on the netbook-shaped cake that is the Samsung X120.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
The days of the dinky netbooks are numbered. Or at least that’s what Samsung wants you to think, with 11.6-inch screens cropping up on a raft of its newest machines. The Samsung X120 falls slap bang into this category. So is this just a little lappie with bigger screen real estate? Or a bulked up powerhouse? Read our Samsung X120 review now and find out.
An excellent, powerful alternative to your common or garden netbook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 58% display: 64% mobility: 84% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 74% emissions: 89%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/11/2009
Rating: display: 50% workmanship: 40% emissions: 90%
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 67%
Source: PC Actual ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 81%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
SU7300: Slow clocked dual core processor with a low TDP of 10 Watt.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.
78.31%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.