As is standard, the NC10 comes with Windows XP, which is no issue if you are happy with a legacy Windows OS. Besides, as we have mentioned when reviewing the Lenovo S10, you can’t run Windows Vista without an upgrade of memory, and why would you want to for netbook activities. That said, even considering how solid an OS Windows XP is for the mobile PC market, the installation of a clean and minimal OS is an important consideration. Thus, working Linux into the mix would be a good idea. We have tried three Linux distro’s on NC10’s (Ubuntu, Mandriva, Puppy) and the NC10 runs beautifully with all three. Providing improved processing power and battery life over XP.
The NC10 has a full width keyboard with responsive keys, and this extended size makes it excellent for long periods of typing. As with the Lenovo S10 the keys are well spaced, and maximizing the real estate of the navigation panel, there is a neat offset touchpad. Some users have complained about its size, being smaller than those on other netbooks, but I feel this and its positioning are a nice trade off to enable the NC10 to hold a quality, large format keyboard.
The NC10 has an array of features and connectivity options: Bluetooth, wired and wireless as standard. As with the S10, it is a shame that the NC10 doesn’t have wireless Draft-N, which is a big advantage for the MSI Wind, and something that needs rectifying looking at the future of netbook technologies. The NC10 does come with a 3 in 1 multi card reader, built in 1.3 mega pixel webcam , 3 USB ports and VGA output.
It weighs in at a light 1.33.kg.