Samsung Series 9 (13-inch, mid 2012)

Verge Review

Samsung's Series 9 laptops have a lot to prove. Since the day Samsung showed the first one off at CES last year, they've consistently been priced higher than the equivalent MacBook Air, and that can be a pretty hard sell. If you want a premium Windows machine, though, a MacBook Air just won't do. So when I reviewed the 15-inch Samsung Series 9, I was hopeful that its $1,500 price tag meant it would be the Windows ultrabook of choice going forward. If you read my review, though, you already...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness .5 inches
Weight 2.55 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias NP900X3C-A02US, NP900X3C-A01US

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.3 inches
Depth 8.6 inches
Thickness .5 inches
Weight 2.55 pounds
Color Gray

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Display surface Matte
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1600 px
Resolution (Y) 900 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i5-3317U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.6 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD, MMC

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Effective pixels 1.3 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Port options

USB 1
USB 3.0 1
Micro HDMI 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0
Wireless video WiDi

Battery

Size 5800 mAh, 4 cell
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 9 hr

Bundled Accessories

Bundled Accessories Ethernet dongle (proprietary connection)

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by VoxMediaUser755707 (Currently owns)

    The Series 9 13" is a near-perfect ultrabook. If Samsung could run a full-HD display with a more comfortable keyboard and slightly better speakers, this would be a perfect 10 machine. I won't gripe about the features/hardware that isn't as I'd like it, because they're not a big hinderance to my computing experience. But I love what Samsung has done here. It's the step before perfection. Perhaps a Windows 8 refresh model could capture every aspect of a premium-quality ultrabook. I certainly would love to see them up the SSD to 160GB - 256GB just to give people some wiggle room, even if they have to add one or two-tenths of a pound. The only other ultrabooks I'd recommend are the Vizio CT15-A2 and the ASUS Zenbook Prime (although neither the CT15 or the Prime get it perfect either, but they're worth looking in to).

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    • Keyboard 7
    • Touchpad 8
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    • Performance 9
    • Heat / noise 8
    • Battery life 8
    • Software 9
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