Samsung's answer to the Macbook Air

Whether you love, hate or feel indifferent about the Macbook Air, there’s no denying that it helped strike interest in the, otherwise “dull”, market of ultra portable laptops. After a few months of development Samsung finally announced it’s new ultra portable that packs better specifications than the Macbook but fails when in comparison to Apple’s sleek design.

This Samsung P200 comes with a Radeon Xpress 1250, and although you won’t be able to play Crysis with it, it certainly does a better job at handling graphics than the Macbook Air’s Intel chip.

The screen is a widescreen 12.1 inches one, and has an incorporated 1.3 Megapixel camera.

The battery life of this laptop is a bit of a letdown as it only lasts 3 hours compared to the 5 hours Apple claims for it’s device.

Connectivity was one of the things that made me get upset about the Macbook Air which forces you to choose between Ethernet connectivity, a mouse, or any other USB device. Thankfully  Samsung delivers an extra USB port, an Ethernet port, and somehow they even managed to fit a PCI Express card slot.

If it were not for the Operating System, I’d say that this Samsung laptop would give you more productivity than the Air, but since the Mac OS X is better in terms of accessibility and is, to a certain point, easier to use than Vista, I’d say they are just about equal in that respect. If priced correctly, this Samsung could very well get a fat slice of Apple’s and Sony’s share of the market. But since their current laptops a bit overpriced, I don’t think that will be the case.

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