Samsung's NC20 netbook caught our attention in February for being one of the first (if not the first) netbooks from a major manufacturer to use Via's Nano processor. Today, we see the machine has finally made its way onto Newegg, where it's currently available for $549.99 before shipping.
The NC20 has a 12.1" 1280x800 display, a 1.3GHz Via Nano U2250 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, Via Chrome9 integrated graphics, a 160GB hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a six-cell battery, and a copy of Windows XP Home Edition pre-installed—a pretty well-rounded set of components for that price. Sure, 10" Eee PCs like the new 1000HE model now retail for less than $400, but they also have smaller displays with more cramped resolutions.
We saw in our testing that Via's Nano is quite competitive—and perhaps faster clock-for-clock—than Intel's Atom processor in terms of performance, so the Samsung NC20 is a particularly interesting alternative to more typical netbooks. Samsung could make things even more interesting if it released a similar netbook using Nvidia's upcoming Ion 2 platform, too.