Archive for June, 2009

Samsung NC10 Netbook

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

nc10 netbook

A very close friend of mine had finally decided to buy a laptop. He used to visit cyber cafes often and spend a lot of money for surfing websites. There he wasted both his time and money because the computers were slow, net speed was low and since the computer was not his own, he cannot save any private data on it. Due to this he always had to carry blank CD’s and pen drives etc borrowed from friends. To put an end to all this, I took him to computer store where his eyes twinkled seeing flashy laptops. Hearing the price he said lets go home back and he’s fine with cyber café’s only. To make him calm down, I first asked the computer dealer to get us a glass of cold water and then I asked him what type of work he does on a computer. He said the usual things like browsing websites, sending emails, listening music, typing something on word processor, sometimes watching movie etc. At this point I asked him a simple question, “Suppose you own two vehicles, one is a V8 engine SUV and other is a nice small hatchback car with all the luxury features and if you have to go to buy an ice cream from market which is very near to your home then which vehicle would you use?” Answer is a no-brainer and its obvious one would take the small hatchback car because its fuel efficient, it’s easy to park and does the job well without any problem. Then I said why would you buy an expensive laptop with fastest processor when you are not going to use it at its full potential ever?

I asked the dealer to show us Samsung Laptop NC10 which is Intel Atom based laptop and it’s priced much lower than other laptops. Intel Atom is a decent processor for mobile computing, it consumes less power and it can do all the daily work a normal laptop user does. The best part about NC 10 is that it gives as much as 10 hours of battery backup while others will just shut down after 2 or 3 hours or usage. Adding to the good battery backup, NC 10 is very portable with its 10.2 inches screen. Though this screen may look small but it can display at quite decent resolution of 1024 x 600-pixel. Hard disk size is 160GB which is enough for most laptop users. I had a documentary movie with me in my pen drive and upon playing I found that sound output is quite impressive, no doubt the built 2.1 channel speakers with SRS are doing their job well here. This is something we don’t find in many premium laptops as well. NC 10 built quality is excellent and you can get the feel of it from its keyboard which is very nice to use and its very typing friendly. Review at cnet says that it has the best keyboard in netbook category. With a price tag of Rs. 28,477 (or USD 499), it may be a bit higher from other Atom based laptops available in market but the quality it offers justifies its slightly higher price. If you have used this laptop or happen to own one, then please do share your experience or just anything you want to comment about this laptop.

In ear vibration earphone

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

headphone

SEOUL, Korea — VIBEBS (www.vibeworld.co.kr) is drawing the attention of world buyers with its in-ear vibration earphone, codenamed ’80dB’ during 2009 Singapore Expo, June 16 to 18.

Featuring vibration functionality for bodily sensation, the 80db adopts the company’s exclusive vibe-sound function and offers unique excitement of games or music with vibration.

A company officials said that it is different from existing bone conduction headphone in that the former allows you to actually feel music or game while the latter transmits only sound.

World’s first USB monitor

Friday, June 12th, 2009

usb lcd

Samsung Electronics unveiled ‘LD220′, the world’s first USB monitor dedicated to notebook pc during World IT Show 2009 in Korea market. It supports 300cd/m2 of brightness, 30,000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response speed. As you can see from the image itself that this LCD is not the brightest LCD yet it will be a cool gadget to have in your room. The design is a typical Samsung (which is quite good) and with just one USB cable connection, its almost a clutter free device on the desk!

Solar powered handset by Samsung

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

solar phone

Samsung Electronics announced its first solar powered mobile phone ‘Crest Solar(model: E1107)’ in Korea market. The new handset enables its users to charge the battery anywhere the sun is shining when electricity is unavailable.

With an extended solar powered battery, the Samsung Crest Solar solves the problem of unavailable or unstable electrical outlets, particularly in rural areas. The phone has the capacity to provide around 5~10 minutes of talk time with one hour of solar charging. Moreover, the solar panel charging allows its users to save money and energy consumption on traditional electrical charging.

slolar panel phone

The Crest Solar comes in a compact design with essential mobile phone features such as FM radio, MP3 ring tones, embedded games and a powerful torch light. For consumer safety, the phone offers Mobile Tracker, which automatically alerts when the SIM card is changed or sends out an SOS message in an emergency. The Crest Solar also has a fake call feature, so users can pretend they have an incoming call to escape unsafe situations.

The Crest Solar will be available in numerous markets including India, Europe, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, and Latin America from June 2009. The Crest Solar also provides specialized features for different religions, such as alerts for prayer time.