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Samsung Series 9 review (15-inch, mid-2012)

Summary

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

Pros
  • Remarkably thin and light for its sizeLong battery life, fast performanceBright, matte display
Cons
  • Shallow keyboard, so-so trackpadNarrow viewing anglesUnimpressive audio for the money
Samsung Series 9 review (15-inch, mid-2012)
More Info Samsung Series 9 (NP900X3A) laptop review Samsung unveils redesigned Series 9 laptops with 13- and 15-inch displays, starting at $1,399 Spotted: the elusive 15-inch Samsung Series 9 Before there were Ultrabooks, there was the Samsung Series 9. When it arrived on the scene last year, measuring .64 inches thick, weighing 2.8 pounds and packing a blazing SSD, it seemed to offer Windows users the closest thing to a no-compromise experience -- provided, of course, they were willing to pony up the requisite $1,649. As it turns out, the Series 9 was great -- memorable, even -- but not without flaws. It lacked an SD slot, the trackpad was jumpy and the display resolution topped out at a humdrum 1366 x 768. A year later, Samsung is back with a second-generation laptop that promises to correct all of these shortcomings, and ushers in an even thinner, even lighter design. Make that two laptops: Sammy's selling a 15-inch Ultrabook, too. And truly, there's nothing quite like it: nothing quite this thin, with this large a screen. (Consider for a moment that it measures just .08 inches thicker than the new 13-inch Series 9, which is already thinner than most other Ultrabooks on the market.) As always, though, luxury doesn't come cheap. The 15-inch Series 9 will cost $1,500 when it ships at the end of this month (the 13-inch version is available for an also-pricey $1,400, though we haven't gotten to take that model for a spin yet.) Ultimately, then, are the Series 9's elegant aluminum design and 1600 x 900 matte display enough to justify the premium you'll pay over other Ultrabooks? And does the 15-inch version offer long enough battery life to match its larger size? Let's find out.
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Scores

Engadget

80
 

Breakdown

Expandability
6.0
Battery life
8.0
Durability
10.0
Design and form factor
7.0
Portability (size / weight)
9.3
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Specs

Series 9

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Series 9

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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