Miami Heat: 2011 Tech Innovator Awards

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Sleek, Sexy Samsung

Samsung's Series 9 portables represent the state of the art in ultra-lightweight, ultra-powerful computing in a sleek, sexy design. For its innovative approach to power with passion, it was the winner of this year’s Tech Innovator Award for Portables. In terms of physical specs, these systems compete with Apple's MacBook Air, but were the first with the added performance of the latest Intel dual core i5 and quad-core i7 processors. Accepting for Samsung was Richard Hutton, senior manager of channel marketing, right, with the Test Center's Edward F. Moltzen.

Always a tough competitor in rugged portable computers, runner-up Panasonic and its ToughBook 53 help define a new category of semi-rugged laptops. With a credible claim of 10-hour battery life, the 5.6 pound ToughBook 53 is designed for claims adjusters, inspectors and other professionals whose job is to be mobile.

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