Samsung's new 13 inch Series 9 notebook promises both portability and power with an LED display, Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB or RAM and measures only a half an inch thick. Michael Kosta and Matt Mira take a closer look at the $1,300 notebook for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The new 13-inch Samsung Series 9 Notebook shares a similar unibody aluminum construction as the MacBook Air.
The footprint is 12.3" by 8.6" and weighs only 2.6 pounds, measuring 0.5" thick.
The new design also doesn't have the hard edge that used to stick out, which we like.
The screen is very good with a resolution of 1600x900 and a matte finish, which a lot of people prefer.
There is also really good color saturation and top-notch brightness with great viewing angles.
This is one of the best ultrabook screens we've seen.
The trackpad has a great feel and is fairly responsive with a nice, tactile feedback.
We did have problems towards the top of the trackpad.
The keyboard is also very responsive, which is a nice change of pace for a lot of ultrabooks.
The keys are nicely backlit with a subtle blue light.
There are only two USB ports (one 3.0 and one 2.0), along with a SD card slot and microports for VGA and Ethernet.
The number of ports isn't as extensive as most and having to use dongles is an added hassle.
The performance was pretty good with third generation Intel i5 or i7 processors and 4 GB of RAM.
I also comes with Windows Home Edition but that can be upgraded to Professional for another $100.
If you're looking to play games, this notebook can handle it to a certain extent.
This has Intel integrated 4000 graphics, so it will certainly be useable.