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.