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."
In the market for a new laptop for home, work, or school? Lenovo has the nicely appointed G550-29582CU for $399 (plus sales tax in some states) shipped.
That's after applying coupon code USPG550CU, which expires after 700 uses--but still seemed to be active as of this morning.
Whenever I find a notebook selling for under $400, I start looking for compromises: a slow processor, a short warranty, Vista Home Basic, that kind of thing.
The G550 seems pretty compromise-free. In addition to its dual-core, 2GHz Pentium T4200 processor, it sports a 250GB hard drive, a 15.6-inch LED-backlit screen, … Read more
A new player to the already-flooded Netbook market is here to say hello: Hannspree, the former world suppliers of utterly bizarre basketball, elephant, and plushie-shaped novelty TVs, has released its very own itty-bity Atom minilaptop for the U.S. to buy at last. Extreme similarities to the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 notwithstanding (thanks for the observation, Julie), we have one here at the office, and it looks OK. In fact, it looks like many, many other Netbooks.
For $379.99, the 10-inch HannsNote (which sounds vaguely German) weighs 2.9 pounds, has a six-cell battery that to its credit is better … Read more
While it's hard for us to put design over performance when looking at a laptop, products such as the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 make it a little easier. As another entry to the growing field of affordable CULV thin-and-lights, the compact and really great-looking U350 is Lenovo's MacBook in terms of design. Lighter than it is thin, the Pentium U2700 processor-packing machine is clad in minimal silver and black and aims to keep a stylish low profile. And while the U2700 processor is both low power and low performance by Core 2 Duo standards, this thin-and-light is perfectly capable … Read more
Lenovo on Friday said it will replace batteries on several of its ThinkPad laptops that show error messages.
Some users are reporting batteries are displaying error messages that read "Irreparable damage" or "Battery cannot be charged," and others are reporting their battery runs only for a very short time or experiences a sudden drop in its fuel gauge. It's known to occur on these ThinkPad models: T60, T61, R60, R61, X60, and X61.
Though it does not pose a safety risk, and it is not a product recall, Lenovo said, it will give those affected … Read more
As we've just completed a massive 30-plus system roundup of retail back-to-school laptops and desktops, that's a key question being asked by students, parents, and anyone in the market for a new laptop. There are likely several considerations going through any potential new laptop owner's mind right now, such as:
If I buy a laptop now, can I get Windows 7 for free? Yes, with some important caveats. From June 26, 2009 through January 31, 2010, Microsoft and many major PC makers are offering free upgrades to Windows 7 for those who want to buy a Vista-powered … Read more
This was originally published at ZDNet's Between the Lines.
Lenovo reported a net loss for its fiscal first quarter as revenue skidded 18 percent because of weak enterprise spending.
The company reported a net loss of $16 million, or 18 cents a share, in the first quarter, on revenue of $3.5 billion. Lenovo, which remains tethered to the commercial market, has been restructuring to cut costs. In addition, Lenovo remains a tale of two companies. The company leads in China and is extending PCs to the countryside and leveraging 3G mobile adoption. However, Lenovo has struggled in mature … Read more
Alex Kochis, Microsoft's director of Genuine Windows, posted a blog late Thursday addressing the "leak of a special product key" of Windows 7 RTM (release to manufacturers). This confirmed the rumor on Tuesday that an ISO file of Windows 7 RTM sent to Lenovo that contains a master key--a number used to verify the authenticity of the software--was leaked to the Internet.
According to the blog, "The key is for use with Windows 7 Ultimate RTM product that is meant to be preinstalled by the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) on new PCs to be shipped later … Read more