Samsung's 9 Series laptop brings the fight to the MacBook Air
By Rick Martin
January 26, 2011
In addition to the company's Slider PC7 computer, Samsung's high-end Series 9 laptop was one of the CES 2011 standouts that we wanted to go back and take a look at. Many have billed it as a Macbook Air killer, and though we wouldn't go quite that far, the comparison is certainly a valid one. The Series 9 sports a sleek design that will likely turn just as many heads as the afore-mentioned Cupertino competitor.
This ultra-thin laptop measures in at 0.64 inches at its thickest point and the tapered design, while reminiscent of the Air, has an ergonomic curve at the back which Samsung says makes it easier to hold and carry. Weighing a mere 2.89 pounds (1.31 kg), Samsung has ensured that the Series 9 is quite literally lighter than (Apple's) Air. The 13-inch Macbook Air weighs 2.9 pounds in comparison.
But enough with the comparisons.
The Series 9 has a number of features that make it stand out from competitors. For starters, it sports a 13.3 inch HD LED-backlit display with 1366x768 resolution and true-to-life color reproduction. If you want to show off that display to your friends, you can crowd a few into the 160-degree viewing angle without difficulty. It has an Intel Core i5 processor and HD GT2 Integrated Graphics, as well as stereo speakers and a 1.5 watt sub-woofer to complement the visuals.
Buyers can opt for a maximum 128 gigabyte solid state drive and 4 gigabytes of DDR3 memory. From a hatch underneath you can access USB ports, a headphone jack, a microSD slot, and mini HDMI as well. Samsung claims a very respectable average battery life of 6.5 hours, which makes it a pretty nice "airplane" PC.
The Samsung Series 9 is an attractive high-end PC for anyone craving a Windows-powered Macbook Air, but doesn't want to mess about with Bootcamp or virtual machines to get it. Available in February, the Series 9 comes with a US$1,599 price tag, which is far from cheap – but it does look damn sexy. Besides, it's always nice to have more competition at the top-end of the laptop scale. Maybe eventually it'll drive the price down to within my budget!
For a closer look, check out Samsung's promo video from CES below.