Price (RRP): $1599
Samsung’s answer to the MacBook Air may not technically be an Ultrabook, but that doesn’t stop it from being any less gorgeous or impressive. Can it topple its best in show Apple rival?
The second model of Samsung’s Series 9 notebook – now featuring the branding “New Series 9” – has been updated to support the very latest of Intel chips, and is now faster than ever.
We were first shown the Series 9 last year right before Intel’s Ultrabooks were making their way out into the world, and Samsung was talking up the Series 9 as the first laptop to sport a duralumin build, making it insanely strong and, well, durable. It’s also very thin and light, with a thickness of 12.9mm and a weight of 1.16 kilograms.
Under the hood, you’d expect some high quality gear to power this thin machine, and with Intel’s 3rd generation Core processor technology released, you can see the chips used here, with a 1.7GHz Core i5 quad-core chip on-board. You’ll also find 4GB RAM installed here, 128GB of solid-state storage, and Windows 7 64-bit ready for you to use.
There’s also a high quality screen here, with the 13.3 inch display Samsung has thrown into this machine supporting a resolution of 1600×900.
A staple of things that you’d expect in a premium machine are included, with USB 3.0, USB 2.0, microHDMI out, mini-Display Port, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and backlit keys.
Connectivity also comes in the form of Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, SD card slot, and a small proprietary port connector that has an uncanny resemblance to microUSB (it’s not) and plugs into a bundled Gigabit Ethernet adapter.
From the moment you open the box and find another box waiting inside for you, it’s clear that Samsung wants to send you a message that you have just purchased a premium laptop.
The box within a box tactic gives the impression that this is a luxury piece of kit, with the outside package advertising the laptop, and the inside box opening up like the original iPhone or Galaxy smartphone packaging: you hold the lid and the box falls out underneath, slowly, as if to make you wait to see the product you bought.
When it eventually does show itself, you’ll see that it was entirely worth it. Samsung has built one of the sexiest laptops we’ve ever laid eyes on, coming up with a design that even Apple would be envious of.
While other manufacturers of thin and light laptops are trying to come up with a more clone-like set of aesthetic values, Samsung has come up with something different, really thinning out the shape and making the laptop as slim and flat with a 6mm eye drawing line (when closed) that actually comes out to be 12.9mm thick when the line ends at the back.
It’s actually an illusion, as the eye is drawn with shiny metal along the side to make you think it’s insanely thin, even if the chassis is as thick as the rest of the case, as everything is beveled to the bottom.