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You've never seen a big-screen laptop that's this thin or this light

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More than anything, the 15-inch Series 9 makes us giddy about what laptops will look like a year from now. After all, if the original Series 9 foretold a market full of skinny Ultrabooks, might this machine be a harbinger for other larger-screened Ultrabooks with fast performance and extra-long battery life? As the only such laptop around right now, the Series 9 is impressive in its own right, though not quite the magic bullet we thought it would be. On the one hand, it's elegant and well-made with exceptional horsepower and robust battery life. On the other, its so-so keyboard and trackpad don't match the premium experience Samsung is trying to sell, and it's missing other top-shelf features like higher-end speakers and an IPS display with wider viewing angles. For $1,500, we'd expect all these things, though if eventually Samsung cuts the price (as it did with the original Series 9), these shortcomings might sting less. These imperfections aside, though, it's a solid laptop that keeps most of it promises as a luxury machine. If you need a new laptop now and can't bear to step down to a smaller, lower-res display, carpe diem! Just keep in mind that there's room for other Ultrabook makers to do even better.

Critic reviews

8.0
4 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.6
  • Design and form factor
    6.9
  • Battery life
    8.2
  • Display
    8.9
  • Durability
    10
  • Expandability
    6.0
  • Noise
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.3

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User reviews

9.6
5 reviews
8.0
Engadget Apr 9, 2012

The Series 9 dazzles with its performance and striking design, but a machine this pricey deserves a comfier keyboard and even nicer display.

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8.0
PC Mag Mar 30, 2012

This machine is just marvelously thin and light ... On the other hand, if your workload involves serious number-crunching or video encoding, you'll probably choose to carry a slimline laptop's one or two extra pounds rather than settle for what amounts to the performance of an ultrabook.

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8.0
CNET Mar 29, 2012

The Samsung Series 9 isn’t an official Ultrabook but with its wafer-thin chassis and fantastic build quality, it’s more desirable than any of its ultra-slim competitors.

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8.0
TechRadar Apr 9, 2012

The Samsung Series 9 900X3B is one of the best looking Windows laptops we've ever seen, and one of the most covetable, too. There are performance issues, arising from its waif-like size, but it's still more than capable of serving most people's needs, while offering head-turning style that few...

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10
Muad1b Muad1b

Quite simply the BEST piece of Tech I have ever owned. I am a double major in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and complete tech nerd. I go through 4 to 5 tech websites every day and make sure I am up to speed with the latest tech. I am not an incredibly rich guy so I don’t want/can’t...

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10
creativedevil creativedevil

Samsung has done a phenomenal job with a second-generation laptop which ushers in an thinner, lighter design. And truly, there's nothing quite like it, not even my Sony S series 13" laptop. Series 9 Laptop is thinner than most other Ultrabooks on the market. Though, it isn't necessarily a cheap...

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