Stories by Martyn Williams

Samsung develops flash-based 'disk' for PCs

Samsung Electronics has developed a replacement for conventional hard-disk drives that is based on flash memory chips. The company plans to begin mass production of the device in August, it said on Monday.

Set for 2006 launch, Sony's PS3 packs power

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) provided the first detailed specifications of its next-generation PlayStation 3 games console on Tuesday and said it plans to launch the device during the first half of 2006.

MIT readies $100 laptops for the underprivileged

An ambitious plan by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Media Lab to develop and distribute a laptop computer costing no more than US$100 is expected to take a major step forward next month with the receipt of the first order.

Hitachi and Fujitsu tout new 100GB notebook drives

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) and Fujitsu have both begun shipping new notebook hard-disk drives that offer more storage capacity and better performance over previous models, they said Wednesday.

Seiko Epson sues printer cartridge makers

Moving to protect its lucrative printer cartridge business, Seiko Epson has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two companies that manufacture replacement cartridges for its printers.

Sony again hit by falling prices

Price competition in several of Sony's key business areas resulted in another quarterly loss for the company as sales fell during the period from January to March, it said Wednesday.

MP3 player sales drive Creative to record Q3

Strong sales of MP3 players helped Creative Technology achieve record sales during the first three months of this year but increasing competition drove down profits, the Singapore-based company said Friday.

NEC to produce chip for new Xbox console

NEC Electronics has won a contract from Microsoft to produce one of the chips that will go into the graphics system of the next generation Xbox games console, it said Tuesday.

Sony, Toshiba discussing joint HD disc standard

The two leading backers of rival next-generation HD (high-definition) optical disc standards, Sony and Toshiba, are actively discussing the possibility of a single format, an industry source said Thursday.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

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My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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