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
Excerpt: Lightweight, thin and beautiful, the Samsung Series 9 ultrathin portable ultrabook is nearly perfect when it comes to design. The laptop has a clean finish and durable unibody build. The display has a resolution that stands out from other 13-inch ultrabooks, though it falls short of true 1080p resolution. The processor and memory may not be enough for you depending on your computing needs, but there are plenty of options to upgrade this laptop.
Pros: The 13.3-inch screen features HD+ technology with a wide 170-degree viewing angle that is great for watching HD movies.
Cons: There are only two USB ports on the Series 9.
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.
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.
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
15 December 2011
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