There's been an alarming amount of chatter recently about laptop makers adding thin-but-expensive OLED displays to systems in the near future. At this week's IFA trade show in Germany, Tech Radar reports that Kyu Uhm, Head of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Samsung's Computing Division, told an audience, "Samsung is the largest OLED screen manufacturer. And as soon as it's available commercially for laptops we will adopt it." His best estimate was, "Probably sometime Q3 next year."
Add YouTube the growing list of streaming media services supported by Samsung Blu-ray players. Effective immediately, Google's megapopular online video site will be added to the Samsung's current 2009 (and future) Blu-ray players via a free firmware update. The update also adds support for playback of MKV files. (A placeholder button has been added for the previously announced Blockbuster video-on-demand service streaming service as well; it's still on track to be added later this year.)
We were able to run the automatic firmware update on our Samsung BD-P3600 review sample quickly and painlessly. The YouTube main menu (… Read more
I've been eagerly anticipating this LED-backlit monitor since I first laid eyes on it at CES last January. Since then, I've reviewed only two other LED monitors, the Dell G2410 and the ViewSonic VLED221wm. While the Dell performed well, neither of these monitors were able to really take advantage of LED technology to any great extent.
Both were fairly thick monitors, each with a relatively low max brightness. The XL2370, on the other hand is thin, light, has a high brightness and, let's just say it, is just plain gorgeous to look at.
I know, its looks … Read more
Ok, but just to be clear, when I say it's time for me to get a pimp, what I MEAN is that it's time to get a PMP -- a portable media player. That is, perhaps, an iPod Touch. Anyway, you'll understand. In other news, the MPAA is trying to clamp down on your analog hole and break your DVR all at the same time and Apple's Snow Leopard is having a rough landing ... apparently because of the picture on the box.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) … Read more
BERLIN--Most companies find one press conference sufficient at gadget shows. Not Samsung. We're here at the second Samsung announcement of the day, this time for its mobile computing division.
We'll update the post as we go. Seongwoo Nam, senior vice president of computer systems at Samsung, takes the stage first and offers brief details on a new notebook.
Called the X3, it has a 9-hour battery. It's an ultrathin, weighs just under 4 pounds, and has a 14-inch screen. The casing is matte and will come in pearl white, titanium silver, and pearl black. There will also … Read more
BERLIN--Like its predecessor, the latest Netbook from Samsung doesn't appear to be anything special except for the battery.
The N140 mini notebook was introduced Thursday morning at the IFA show here. It will come in a variety of colors, has a 10.1-inch screen, and weighs 2.8 pounds. Samsung also claims that it will have an 11-hour battery, which is very impressive if it really is true.
The model it replaces, the NC10, was launched just a year ago and had a battery that lasted 5 hours.
While Netbooks are a growing category of computing in general, they'… Read more
When Samsung's first edge-lit LED-backlit LCD displays hit stores last spring, we were careful to point out that despite the company's use of the term "LED TV" to describe the sets, they were just LCD displays with a fancier backlight. That didn't stop Samsung from using the term in its worldwide advertising, however, some of which has appeared on CNET.
In the U.K., though, the company will have to stop using "LED TV" to describe these sets. The Advertising Standards Authority, a self-governing body set up to police advertising standards, has ruled that the term violates … Read more
If the Samsung SyncMaster P2370 went on a diet, got a few new features, and exchanged its CCFL (code cathode fluorescent lamp) backlight for LED backlighting, you'd basically have the Samsung XL2370.
I've been talking about the XL2370 since it was called the P2370L eight months ago. Back then, Samsung expected the XL to retail for about $400. Now they claim the estimated street price will be about $300.
The XL has a few connections that are missing from the P2370, including HDMI, built-in audio out, digital audio out, and it's like half an inch thinner, not … Read more
Cell phone for tweens have never really caught on, not least because many kids reaching their preteen years these days have used cell phones since birth. Also, though parents may love the cost-saving features on the handsets, kids want something that's cool in the schoolyard.
Samsung, however, is undeterred in this quest. And to its credit, the new kid-friendly Corby may pass the coolness test. The design is very much a smaller version of Samsung's recent crop of touch-screen phones. You'll find a similar shape and a 262,000 touch-screen with Samsung's TouchWiz interface and a … Read more
If there weren't already three cameras available using the same wide-angle 26mm-equivalent lens with a 24x zoom, the announcement of the Samsung HZ25W would be a little more interesting. It doesn't seem to bring anything terribly new to the category either, making it an also-ran in a race of fairly mediocre cameras.
I'm not saying Samsung's entry isn't worth considering, just that it's more than fashionably late and brought the same bag of pretzels to the party that Nikon, Kodak, and Pentax did. Hell, Samsung even brought the same brand as Kodak by using … Read more