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
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.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: The design of the Series 9 is the most impressive part of this laptop, and although it's not quite as thin as the MacBook Air, it's easily as attractive. It's also incredibly slim and lightweight, making it a machine that you really can take with you wherever you go. The 13.3-inch screen gets a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. It's relatively sharp, and offers excellent colour reproduction. It's also one of the brightest displays we've seen on a laptop, and it's easy to v...
Cons: With a machine this thin, there's no space for an optical drive. We didn't find this a problem, but it's worth considering before you buy. The Samsung also lags slightly behind the MacBook Air when it comes to the design of the bottom of the machine – while the top is finished in brushed aluminium, the bottom is a rather cheap feeling plastic.
Summary: With its sleek and strong design, ultra-bright display, excellent keyboard and touchpad, and fast performance, the Samsung Series 9 is one of the most compelling premium ultraportables we've tested. However, $1,649 is a lot of money to spend on a laptop, even when you factor in the three-year warranty.
Pros: Slim but strong design, Ultra-bright display, Very good touchpad and backlit keyboard, Fast Core i5 performance, Three-year warranty
Cons: Below-average battery life, microSD card instead of full-size slot, Runs very warm in spots, Expensive
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