The N10Jc sports a glossy beige finish that gives a fresh look and feel compared to others with the typical white or black exterior. It is not very heavy at 1.4kg, which should appeal greatly to female mobile users.

Opening the netbook reveals a 10.2-inch LCD screen that supports a resolution of 1024×600 (WSVGA). The resolution should not bother you too much, unless you are playing 3D games. Depending on the games, if they do not support WSVGA resolution, you will see two thick vertical black lines at either sides of the screen (at 800×600 game display settings).

Above the screen is a 1.3-megapixel web camera for video conferencing.

In order to fit the keyboard to the netbook’s compact size, the manufacturer has to shrink some of the keys such as right shift, spacebar, backspace, Pause/Break, Print Screen, Insert, Delete and the four arrow keys.

On closer look, we noticed Japanese wordings on the buttons, which means our review unit is not the standard retail unit (at least not for the local market). Typing the words with the keyboard isn’t too difficult as the alphabet keys are of standard size. Our problem lies with the other smaller keys. Keying in punctuations and page navigation are tedious, especially if you have large fingers.

The palm rest is spacious enough, but feels hot after long hours of usage. We like the sensitive touchpad and firm left/right buttons though. And in between the left/right buttons is a fingerprint scanner for additional security.

On the left we find a graphics switch , HDMI, two USB and wireless switch. The graphics switch allows you to use either Intel Integrated 945 graphics or Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS discrete graphics. The purpose is for user to conserve power on Integrated graphics when running on battery, and providing sufficient power to run games and even High Definition movies on the Nvidia graphics. However, to switch to your preferred graphics, you will need to reboot the system.

The right comprises of an ExpressCard/34, headphone(SPDIF), microphone, USB, VGA out, LAN and AC power. There are no connectors at the rear, however, the built-in speakers and 8-in-1 card reader are at the front.

We removed the base cover of the N10Jc and found a 160GB 2.5-inch Hitachi SATA drive with bracket, 1GB DDR2-667 memory module and Atheros wireless 802.11b/g network adapter.

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