Something else interesting that happened today that ties in with this topic (somewhat) is the pre-order release of the Samsung series 9 laptop, which will be, once it's released the only competition for the Macbook Air. The specs on this computer are pretty impressive. The most impressive in my opinion is the 64Gb solid state hard drive. Buy this computer and you will be good for years and years to come because of it's lack of any moving parts whatsoever. Also, Samsung has built the case for the new series 9 out of a material to make it extremely tough. Drop it, kick it, do what you will to it, and it will still (probably) come back strong. I tried my best to stay away from the old Timex ad. You know the one, "it takes a licking and keeps on ticking". Corny as it sounds, that is this laptop in a nutshell.
Samsung gives you power, longevity as well as one cool looking machine for the surprisingly low price of $1,199.00 and coming in at around 2.5 pounds. Want more good news? If you get it during the Amazon.com pre-order, you will save $50 off of the price. That's a deal that's hard to beat for a computer that should last for ***thinking*** ***still thinking*** 10 years.... That's right, I said it. Now sure, you'll be laughed and ridiculed especially for your wimpy 64Gb of storage, but that's ok, your the smart one if you ask me.
I'll end this with a butt. Well, maybe a butt. Some of you might think that this laptop is too small, but you have to keep in mind that the designers meant to do it that way. Samsung Series 9 NP900X1A-A01US is the version I have been informing you about. It has a screen size of 11.6 inches, but keep in mind the weight, the rigid build-up, and the lack of moving parts. This will be your "take everywhere with you" laptop, and its physical characteristics will allow you to do this easily. Did I mention that it even has a back-lit keyboard? You can get a larger 13.3" screen for several hundred more dollars, but if you have the resources, go for it. I will put some characteristics about this laptop below, then I will move on to some bad news for Vista users.
- 11.6-inch LED-backlit widescreen display with 1366 x 768 resolution and 340-nit high brightness.
- 1.33 GHz ultra-low voltage Intel Core i3-380UM dual-core processor for a fast, responsive PC experience (3 MB L3 cache).
- 64 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- 2 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (maximum capacity)
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 delivers built-in performance for casual and mainstream gaming with no extra graphics hardware needed.
- Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capability provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers).
- 4G WiMAX network connectivity (requires WiMAX mobile broadband subscription and available coverage; additional charges apply).
- Intel Wireless Display capabilities, enables you to easily stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network, or the internet straight to your HDTV--easily and wirelessly.
- Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity provides faster throughput while minimizing on power requirements. It's compatible with new Bluetooth 3.0-enabled devices as well as backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and cell phones.
- 1.3-megapixel HD webcam
- Built-in stereo speakers (1.5 W x 2) with HD Audio
- Up to 7 hours of battery life
- Weight: 2.31 pounds
- Dimensions: 11.7 x 7.8 x 0.65 inches (WxDxH)
- Warranty: 3-year international warranty, 24/7 US-based tech support, and two way free standard shipping.
Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
- 3 USB 2.0 ports (1 chargeable)
- HDMI high-definition audio/video output allows a single cable to transmit uncompressed high-definition video to your compatible digital TV or external monitor.
- Microphone input port plus headphone output jack
- MicroSD memory card reader
- Fast Ethernet (10/100)
I am getting tired, so I will end with this, and spend another 30 minutes or so editing.
Vista users beware!!! Internet explorer 10 is coming (no date set) eventually, and when it does, it will not be supported by your Windows Vista OS, so heads up.
The last word:
If you have some extra scratch laying around, I will allow you to buy me, on pre-order, the new Samsung laptop which will eventually turn Macbook Air into.... well, it's not much of a paperweight either.