Samsung shows off new products
Samsung Electronics today showcased some of its new products at a meet-and-greet event in Washington.
Among the offerings were the Q1 Ultra Premium Mobile PC, weighing in at less than two pounds. The mobile device was originally targeted for the uber traveler who might not want to lug around a full laptop PC. But since its debut in March 2006, the pint-sized PC has become more popular with workers in the health care and hotel industries, said Bret Berg, senior product marketing manager at Samsung.
The device features a split QWERTY keyboard, a 7-inch-wide LCD touch-screen with 300 nits brightness, a 300-pixel webcam and 1.3-megapixel video/still camera, integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 plus EDR, and an Intel Core Solo ultralow-voltage U1500 1.33GHz CPU. A built-in Global Positioning System unit also lets you use the device as an in-car navigation system.
Also intriguing was what Samsung bills as the 'smallest laser printer in the world,' the sleek ML-1630W. The printer comes in a lustrous piano black, and is able to bear up to 24 pounds of weight, so it can make a handy stand for a computer monitor, keeping a government executive's desktop uncluttered. Wireless versions of the printer are just now being released for public sale.
The company also showcased a series of monitors, including the 2243BWX, which features a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 8,000:1, incorporates a digital video interface with high-bandwidth digital content protection and can swivel from a horizontal landscape orientation to a portrait position.
And in keeping with today's festivities, Samsung announced that it is donning a bit o' the green. To promote green computing, the company includes a return carton with every cartridge of toner it sells. Samsung will pay the postage for users to mail empty cartridges to the company's recycling plant in South Carolina.
Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.