Thin is in, but is thirteen inches the sweet spot?
16 July 2012
Summary: Samsung's 13-inch notebook is better than its big brother in almost every single way, and if we were to judge the design alone, I'd argue it comes close to the high bar Apple set with the 13-inch MacBook Air. It's a truly stunning piece of kit, and the screen is a cut above. Everything else equal, I'd say it would be worth the $100 premium over Apple's $1,199 laptop.
Pros: Strong, stunning design, Excellent matte screen, Half an inch thick
Cons: Runs uncomfortably hot, Stiff keyboard, No upgrades
Summary: Laptops have always involved compromise: you can't have it all. Generally, though, the more you pay, the fewer tradeoffs you have to endure. It feels that the new Series 9 forgot that in pursuit of visual excellence. Here, $1,500 buys you the thinnest 15-inch laptop on the market, a cool, quiet, beautiful machine with stamina and finess, but without a screen you'll enjoy staring at for hours, speakers you'll want to hear, or a keyboard that's comfortable to use.
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.
The Series 9 is the type of laptop you should consider if you want something functional, yet stylish
Good Gear Guide.au
22 January 2012
Summary: Samsung's 15in version of the Series 9 is strongly built, thin, light, and stylish. Despite being so slight, it still harbours a good configuration and useful connectivity options (albeit via a dongle for some ports). It's aimed at those of you who want a laptop that's far from ordinary.
Pros: Thin and light, Sturdy build quality, Bright screen, Good performance
Cons: Vertical viewing angles, Storage capacity, Can get noticeably warm