Last year I took a look a t the Samsung Series 9 laptop with Intel Widi, and I was quite impressed with it’s features. Well it’s been a year, and Samsung has improved and updated their Series 9 with a slew of new features, while still weighing in under 3 pounds and looking sleeker than ever. This definitely feels like a premium laptop. Samsung has packed in an LED HD Screen, 128GB SSD, Intel Core i5-2467M processor with Turbo Boost, 4GB of Ram and Intel HD 3000 graphics card.
- Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- CPU 1.6GHz ( Turbo Boost up to 2.3GHZ)
- 15.0″ SuperBright Plus widescreen display
- LED HD Screen
- 400 nits, up to 16 million colors, HD LED Backlit anti-glare display
- 8GB DDR3 System Memory
- 128 GB Solid State Drive
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- 4 W Stereo Speaker (2 W x 2)
- 1.3 MP HD Webcam
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth V3.0 High Speed
- Micro HDMI Input
- 2 USB 3.0 Ports & 1 USB 2.0
- Headphone Jack
- 1 MicroSD Slot
- RJ45 LAN
- 14.0″ (W) x 9.3″ (D) x 0.58″ (H)
- 3.51 lbs. with Standard Battery
- 1 Year
Being so thin, it feels great to carry around, it actually feels just as light as my iPad but thinner. The boot time into Windows 7 can be done in just under 3 seconds, largely due to the 128GB SSD, which makes even opening multiple applications seem instant. The keys feel very comfortable as well as the trackpad.
Samsung was smart has updated the Series 9 to include an updated Ivy Bridge Intel i5 with Turbo boost, and upgrade the I/O ports as well. The Series 9 laptop now includes a Micro HDMI, and USB 3.0 ports. The addition of the USB3.0 ports means I can easily connects to my raids and start assembly edits in very quickly. Transferring even smaller projects off my raids via USB 3.0 to the Samsung SSD drive took only a couple of minutes. This is something I really could get used too. Actually going back to USB 2.0 feels incredibly slow!
The 15” screen is a 1600×900 resolution that uses Samsung’s SuperBright Plus Technology. The colors are crisp and easy to view even while outdoors. Adjust the brightness and you can still view your favorite films in daylight, although this will effect battery performance. The matte screen boasts 1600×900 using a 400 nit SuperBright Plus panel from last years model still brighter than most other laptops in this market.
The Intel HD 3000 graphics card is adequate to perform most daily tasks. IT was able to keep up with my edits, and even some 3D gaming. However it just does not have enough power to run Adobe CS6. I would have liked to have seen something with a little more power, even Intel’s latest Intel HD 4000 card would have performed better.
The battery was very impressive in the Series 9 laptop. Samsung claims battery life is up to 7 hours. I was able to get 3.5 hours while working with Adobe After Effects, and Photoshop, while also multi-tasking other applications. That was quiet impressive as it battery in a laptop this thin.
Samsung has put together a great laptop in the form of the Series 9. It is definitely fully packed and capable of handling RAW photos to HD Video. Samsung continues to make some of the best PC’s on the market and this one is no different. The Samsung Series 9 is a direct competition for the Macbook Air and aggressively priced at $1499.99, It’s worth taking a good long look at the Series 9. This is one of my favorite laptops I have worked with. I would have like to have seen a better graphics card, and maybe an Intel i7, but that would most likely effect it’s sleek portable thin profile, and battery performance. But as gadget guy, and editor we always want more power right?
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