If you live in the US, you’ll not have seen any Korean notebook PCs on the market. You wonder, how come they make high tech cell phones and TVs but not computers? In fact S. Korean companies sell PCs in many parts of the world except North America. It is strictly my opinion, but Samsung & LG make better computers than their American counterparts HP, Compaq, Dell, and Gateway.
Which is cheaper? Since won is much more expensive than dollars, Korean computers will definitely be cheaper. Actually I take that back b/c manufacturers will need to pay more for US components like the Windows OS, Intel processors, and ATI graphics cards.
Which is lighter? Most likely Korean.
Which is faster? Neither.
Which has longer battery life? Neither.
Which has brighter screen? Korean screens used to be brighter generally b/c Korean companies adopted the widescreen format with the glaze much earlier than the N American counterparts, but now even N American companies offer Korean-made screens so not much difference.
Which is more durable? Korean. Several ways you can test it – pressing on the surface behind the LCD screen to see any ripple marks, pressing down on the plastic body (Many Korean laptops use magnesium composite plastic while most American counterparts use pure ABS plastic)
Which looks better? Korean. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve bought a Korean cell phone or widescreen TV.
So… any hints comments etc? yes.
When you buy laptops in Korea, call them “notebooks”. And when buying ask for English version of Windows Vista or they’ll have Korean letters all over them.
Also, Korea uses different power outlet so you have to buy an adapter if you’re bringing the laptop from US etc.