Samsung, a company better known for its consumer electronics, is now branching out into web devices. The Web Monitor, codenamed 'SyncMaster 150' until its release, does away with most standard PC components, hiding its surfing essentials behind a Samsung front.
CeBit: Net access, no PC required
A one-piece unit with either a CRT or flat-panel display, the Web Monitor incorporates a 200MHz NS Geode GX1 processor and 32MB of RAM. The internet connection is made via a built-in modem, ISDN or LAN connection, with ADSL support a possibility at a later stage
At £250 for the CRT version and around £400 for the flatscreen unit, the Web Monitor looks reasonably good value. It operates under Windows CE so it can run Internet Explorer and offers support for Java applets. There's also 16MB of space to store user files downloaded from the net.
The Web Monitor can support any standard ISP, though Samsung has been in talks with "a large American ISP" with a view to selling the unit with preinstalled online access software.
Samsung also previewed its new Web Keyboard at the CeBit IT trade show. Featuring web capabilities similar to those of the Web Monitor, the keyboard hooks up to any screen to provide instant internet connectivity via the nearest phone line.