Samsung Series 9 Laptop review, guide and deals

Series 9 Overview

Samsung Series 9The Samsung Series 9 is the top-end ultraportable laptop series from Samsung and includes 11.6 inch, 13.3 inch and 15 inch models. The 15" model is currently pending UK availability and thus only the 11.6" and 13.3" versions are currently available in the UK. The 11.6" version has a thickness of 0.62 inches while the 13.3" version is 0.51 inches thick. The 11.6" version is thicker as it is slightly older while the current 13.3-inch version is a second-generation device with aluminium construction instead of duralumin and a higher screen resolution. Both the models in the Series 9 run on Intel Core i5 2467M processors and include 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD drive. The main competitor of the Series 9 is the Apple MacBook Air.

Full review of the Series 9 and key features below...

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Series 9 review

The current Samsung Series 9 range spans two different generations. The 11.6" version shares the same design as the previous version of the 13.3" model and hence is a bit thicker, although it uses higher quality duralumin instead of aluminium on the updated 13.3" version. Both the laptops are, however, extremely thin and extraordinarily light, which really helps them in being ultra-portable. Also, even though they are extremely thin, both the laptops have excellent construction with almost no flexing at their screens. The keyboards of the Series 9 laptops are also brilliant along with the big track pad. The excellent displays have high brightness and good contrast. The 13.3" version’s display is of a higher resolution than the 13.3" MacBook Air. Both the 13.3" and 11.6" models are thinner and lighter than their equivalent MacBook Air counterparts and look absolutely stunning which accounts for their premium pricing. The performance of both the laptops in the series was identical, with them being very good for basic daily tasks such as web browsing and basic image editing but 3D gaming was out of the question due to the lack of a dedicated graphic card. Also, the Series 9 has a fixed configuration Core i5 processor while the MacBook Air can be configured with a Core i7 processor and a higher capacity SSD on the 13.3-inch model which is an advantage. The battery of the Series 9 laptops performed averagely as compared to the competition. All in all, the main reason for paying the extra-high price for the Series 9 is its premium design. Few other laptops can match it in that department and people looking to get more performance out of their machine should look elsewhere as regular laptops, even with Core i7 processors and dedicated graphics cards, are cheaper than the series 9. Also, the MacBook Air is a bit cheaper and also runs MAC OS X as well as Windows.

The Good
The Bad
  • Extraordinary design
  • Excellent construction
  • Great display
  • Extremely light
  • Extremely expensive
  • Non-configurable
  • Poor performance with respect to price
  • Battery timing could have been better

Series 9 Main features:

  • 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models available in UK
  • 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 2467M processor
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB SSD drive
  • Resolution: 1366x768 pixels (11.6-inch) and 1600x900 pixels (13.3-inch)
  • Shared on-board Intel HD3000 graphics 
  • 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 ports along with 1 Mini-HDMI port
  • No optical drive
  • 1.3MP Webcam
  • Weight: 1.19kg (13.3-inch) and 1.05kg (11.6-inch)

 

Other Laptops to consider

  • Apple MacBook Air
  • Sony VAIO Z
  • Asus Zenbook UX31E

If you are considering buying a Series 9 then these laptops are worth looking at as possible alternatives to the Series 9.