Summary: One year ago, Samsung released the Series 9 laptop , and at the time, we'd never seen a more premium Windows machine. It was thin, light, visually striking, and choice components filled the svelte machine, including a comfortable backlit keyboard, a fast SSD, an aluminum alloy chassis, and a wonderful matte screen. If it weren't for the 13-inch computer's $1,649 price tag (which admittedly fell to $1,399 after a few months), it might have been a roaring success.
Summary: Samsung's Series 9 laptops have a lot to prove. Since the day Samsung showed the first one off at CES last year, they've consistently been priced higher than the equivalent MacBook Air, and that can be a pretty hard sell. If you want a premium Windows machine, though, a MacBook Air just won't do . So when I reviewed the 15-inch Samsung Series 9 , I was hopeful that its $1,500 price tag meant it would be the Windows ultrabook of choice going forward.
Pros: Strong, stunning design, Excellent matte screen, Half an inch thick
Cons: Runs uncomfortably hot, Stiff keyboard, No upgrades
Summary: Like many other Ultrabooks, the Series 9 has a unibody aluminum construction, but it eschews the brushed-metal aesthetic in favor of matte black surfaces accented by a polished aluminum edge. It’s a subtly handsome chassis with a strong hinge and sturdy feel. Is it worth its $1,500 asking price, which is on the high-end of the Ultrabook market? It is if you like the idea of a 15-inch ultraportable.
Excerpt: To be a great choice for a business laptop , a device needs to offer both power and portability. The Samsung Series 9 business laptop nearly meets the requirements, but falls flat in a few key areas. While its portability is great and the battery life is excellent, this business laptop's performance and connectivity options could use some improvement.
Pros: The Samsung Series 9 is lightweight and slim, and it has an attractive design.
Cons: This device does not have a built-in optical drive.
Conclusion: You can tell, can't you? I really like the Samsung Series 9 and it's hard to beat as one of the most ultraportable 13" Ultrabooks for style, quality, performance and extreme light weight. The only drawback? It lacks a touch screen, and Windows 8 is easier to use with touch. That said, if you spend most of your time in the traditional Windows desktop UI with Word, Excel, Visual Studio, Photoshop and other Windows staples as your constant companions, you probably won't...
Pros: Stunning and elegant design, excellent matte full HD display, fast and light.
Samsung Series 9 laptop – finally, a unique slim design that does not remind of the MacBook
9 October 2011
Conclusion: By all means, this laptop is an Ultrabook, however there’s no mention of that anywhere – maybe Samsung just thinks that Ultrabooks are the future of laptops and they don’t want to make a distinction. Either way, it’s a very impressive laptop that will surely find its buyers, although I’m going to have to wait for the price to lower a bit before I consider getting one (I’ll also need a faster processor).
Summary: Overall, however, the Series 9 is an excellent computer. It's a great choice for those seeking a Windows alternative to the Apple MacBook Air, even if there's not a lot in the specs or designs to differentiate the two machines.
Conclusion: The Series 9′s $1649 price tag includes an automatic three-year warranty. The Air’s $1300 price tag only includes one year’s worth of Apple’s elite support service and warranty program. To extend that to three years it’ll cost you roughly $250, putting the final price of both notebooks within $100 of each other. With the similar bottom line price included, a winner is just about impossible to call.
Summary: If a stylish, stand-out design is of paramount importance, the Series 9 brings it—more so than any other ultraportable PC around—while offering respectable features and performance. But better features and performance can be found in an ultraportable form factor that makes less of a fashion statement.
Pros: Apple-esque style on a PC; Sandy Bridge CPU with improved integrated graphics; good battery life.
Cons: Design costs a premium; other ultraportables offer better performance.