Hands-On with the Samsung UMPC

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Review: Samsung's next-generation Ultra-Mobile PC, the Q1P-SSD, is a disappointment. (PCMag.com)

Las Vegas —Samsung kicked off CES with a bunch of announcements that included the Samsung Q1P-SSD—its next generation UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC).

I stopped by the booth to witness with my own eyes the new and exciting improvements Samsung was boasting about at its press conference, eight months after its first-generation flop. Suffice to say, the second-generation unit is not that much better.

Click here to read more about Samsung's mobile PC introduced at the International CES.

Samsung announced that the Q1P-SSD would be the first UMPC to receive SSD (solid state flash). Sure, using flash as a storage device makes the unit more durable, but does anyone really care about faster boot-up times? Personally, booting into Windows 10 seconds faster doesn't do a whole lot for me.

Furthermore, they claim that performance and data transfer speeds improve significantly, but according to some of my own tests, the performance boost you get with flash is not worth the price increase.

Speaking of which, the unit is expensive, too.

Read the full story on PCMag.com: Another Letdown: Hands-On with the Samsung Q1P-SSD

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Cisco Cheng is PC Magazine's lead analyst for laptops and tablet PCs. He is responsible for benchmarking, reviewing, and evaluating all laptops and tablet PCs. Cisco started with PC Magazine in 1999 as a support technician, testing printers, PC components, networking equipment, and software. He became the lead analyst for the laptop team in 2003 and since has written numerous reviews, buyer guides, and feature stories for both PCMag.com and the print magazine.

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