SALE: Microsoft Store Clearance on Samsung Series 9

Earlier this year Samsung launched the second generation Series 9 notebook.  It’s a beautiful machine.  Today I noticed the Microsoft Store has the 13.3” Sandy Bridge model discounted $500 down to $799.  See http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/en_US/pd/Samsung-Series-9-900X3BA02/productID.247107300 and use promo code SUMMERPC2.  That is one excellent deal.  I’m sure there are limits to the number of units available…


Warning: Upgrading your Samsung Series 9 notebook SSD could void your warranty

I was doing a little weekend reading and stumbled across a thread about the Samsung Series 9 notebook computer.  In that thread, one of the forum posters had contacted Samsung about a drive upgrade for their Samsung Series 9 notebook.  Apparently the customer service representative for Samsung pointed them to the following link: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/SupportOwnersFAQPopup.do?faq_id=FAQ00032140&fm_seq=32308.  The…

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Lenovo ThinkPad W530 – mini review

Last week I received a Lenovo ThinkPad W530 evaluation unit.  I am always thankful for the opportunity to get an early look at a machine that will likely be used by quite a few people inside and outside my company.  I was especially interested to kick the tires on the W530 because of the hype…

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Nearly 12 hours on battery with the Lenovo ThinkPad W530

Yesterday during our family gathering for the 4th of July pool party I pulled the plug out of the Lenovo ThinkPad W530.  It was 6pm and I figured it would die before bedtime.  Much to my shock and amazement, it was no where near done when I crashed last night so I decided to repeat…

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Lenovo ThinkPad W530 Optimus – Quad Multimon

I received a Lenovo ThinkPad W530 evaluation unit this morning.  The very first thing I wanted to test was the multiple monitor (multimon) capabilities of the Ivy Bridge chipset and the Optimus implementation on this notebook.  As you can see in the picture below, I am driving four external Dell LCD panels with the ThinkPad…

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Samsung slips a silver Series 9 under the door

Samsung is now showing another Series 9 model on the Samsung USA website.  It’s the silver color I have been lusting for since the pictures at CES 2012.  I’ll forgive them for having a mini VGA port on the darn thing is the screen is IPS or PLS.  Since this model comes with Windows 7…

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New product alert – Samsung Series 9 Ivy Bridge notebooks

For those of you watching the Ultrabook craze unfold, you might be considering the Samsung Series 9 machines.  They come in a 13.3” and 15” model.  I have tested both of them with the Sandy Bridge chipsets and found them to be quite compelling.  The new Ivy Bridge based machines with the third generation Intel…

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Mini VGA? Really?

Could someone please explain to me why mini VGA is a port on two of the latest Ultrabook style machines?  The second generation Samsung Series 9 machine, and the latest ASUS Zenbook (not yet shipping) both have mini HDMI and mini VGA.  I get that a lot of you might want to connect the notebook…

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