Toshiba and Samsung to issue refunds on faulty Sandy Bridge laptops

Computer companies continue to scramble to alleviate the result of Intel’s flawed chipsets
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

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Earlier this week, MSI announced that they would be halting production on their products based on the Sandy Bridge platform, and now Toshiba and Samsung will be doing their part in minimizing the spread of Intel’s faulty chipset.

Toshiba today have posted on their official website a full list of Toshiba laptops that may be affected by the flawed chipsets, which consists of a number of recent Satellite and Qosmio models, including the just released Satellite A660. If the person currently owns any of the listed model numbers, Toshiba urges the owner to “return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.”

Samsung will also be accepting returns and issuing refunds on a total of seven laptop models, one of which was released in the United States. Exactly which models are affected was not specified by the Samsung spokesperson, but the U.S. release model is likely the thin-and-light Samsung Series 9 that was showcased at CES.

As news of the flawed chipset design spreads, it becomes very likely that other computer companies will follow suit in the recalls and refunds, and if not, it may at least delay future laptop releases that were intending to make use of Intel’s latest processor technology.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-02- 2 (Update: 2012-05-26)