News Bits: New Samsung M70 19″, Apple 1st in PCMag Survey Results, Extended Warranty?

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New Samsung M70 19″ Screen Laptop and 14″ Screen Laptop

That’s not a typo, the first 19″ screen laptop will be hitting the market soon it appears.  This is thanks to Samsung, who has always been somewhat of an innovator in the various consumer electronics markets it produces goods in.

Samsung M70 19″ screen notebook with detacheable screen (larger image)

Known M70 specs:

  • 19″ widescreen
  • 9,7 lbs (4,4kg)
  • 1680 x 1050 screen, 280 nits, 600:1 contrast, 10 ms

Samsung X1 14″ widescreen notebook (larger image)

In addition, Samsung should be announcing a new X1 14-inch widescreen laptop with the following specs:

  • 14″ widescreen
  • 3,7 lbs (1,7kg)
  • 13,5 hours battery life (I guess this means two batteries 4 cell / 8 cell)
  • Dual layer-dvd-drive opens on top
  • SRS sound
  • DVD and CD without booting
  • IR-remote (PC-card size)
  • At least 3x USB 2.0 ports
  • Optical 5.1ch S/PDIF audio output

PC Mag Service and Reliability Survey

Once again Apple tops the list of the consumer satisfaction survey conducted by PC Mag, moving up its score from last year.  Dell fell off slightly while Fujitsu and IBM actually improved their scores.  HP and Gateway actually fell in customer satisfaction for the 2nd year in a row.  Below is the main results chart and follow the URL for the complete article from PC Mag:,1874,1626131,00.asp

NY Times Extended Warranty Article

More and more these days you’re getting harassed by salesman in electronics stores to buy an extended warranty from either the store you’re buying from or a 3rd party extended warranty firm (not the actual manufacturer).  Notebook computers are one item in which these warranties are particularly prevalent and strongly pushed on the sales floor.  So are they worth it?  Well, it depends.  If the warranty covers accidental damage and you’re a clumsy person, then quite possibly so.  But if you’re buying a computer from a company that makes quality products that rarely break, then spending an extra $300 might not be worth it.  The New York Times has a nice rundown on the business of extended warranty programs:



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