Samsung Series 9 Laptop Review

Posted: November 14, 2011
Samsung Series 9 Laptop Review

The Samsung Series 9 laptop promises more portability and durability, built from the same material as an advanced aircraft. But with an Intel i3 processor, a standard solid state drive and a $1,200 price tag, will this laptop win enough Seals of Approval? Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey take a look for themselves.

What You Need To Know

  • The Samsung Series 9 laptop comes in a 13" or 11.6" version, and we are reviewing the latter.
  • The body is built from duralumin, which is just aluminum with a little copper, manganese and magnesium thrown in for good measure.
  • The laptop weighs in at 2.3 lb, which is almost a tenth of a pound lighter than the 11" MacBook Air.
  • There's a rounded hinge and hard edge which sometimes feels a little weird.
  • The ports reside under the twin sliding doors and include HDMI, 2 USB ports and a micro SD slot.
  • One thing we really liked was the Ethernet hook up, which doesn't take up one of your only USB ports like it does on the MacBook Air.
  • The keyboard is backlit and was also very responsive, which is a nice change of pace because a lot of the ultra books usually have a kind of mushy, flat feel.
  • Typing on this keyboard was a pleasure.
  • Our in boot tests showed that the Samsung was consistently up and running a few seconds after our MacBook Air.
  • The laptop also performed well when performing daily tasks like surfing the web and emailing.
  • While the Series 9 laptop may not replace some of your bigger, more powerful laptops, it will definitely be a step up over your average tablet or netbook in terms of versatility.


  • $1,119 for an 11" version which is $200 more than the 11" MacBook Air.
  • If you were to get this Series 9 laptop, you would end up with twice the hard drive space, twice the RAM and the Intel i3 processor.


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The look is great, the keyboard was responsive and backlit.
  • It's expensive; if you're looking for an ultra portable notebook and don't want a Mac, this laptop is the way to go.

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Comments are Closed

  • Evilxcloud

    Its just a Mac but from Samsung really.. but SSD are not that great, the price for this could be lowered about 200-300$

    Posted: November 21, 2011 4:29 PM
  • Jordan_160

    Apple fanboys.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 8:32 PM
  • applebook

    Somebody at Samung needs to be fired for this monstrosity. If you want to compete against a popular Apple product, you NEVER price it significantly above the competition!

    Posted: November 15, 2011 6:03 PM
  • Beelzebubba

    I don't see the point in comparing start up times between a machine booting Windows and another one running Mac. Otherwise, I agree with the review.

    Posted: November 14, 2011 9:23 PM