Until recently no one could have thought that a 15 inch portable can be lighter than most of 13-inch notebooks out there. But Samsung, with their new Series 9 ultrabook has made it happen. Most users will be surprised with its thinness when they look at it. Read more below to find out if Samsung Series 9 pays back for its price tag.
Technical Specifications of Samsung Series 9
- Processor: Intel 2nd generation Core i5-2467m (1.6 GHz)
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- Memory: 8 GB
- Storage: 128 GB SSD
- Display: 15 inch SuperBright HD LED display (1600 x 900)
- Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, 1.3 megapixel front camera
- Ports: 2 USB 3.0, USB 2.0, microHDMI, micro Ethernet, VGA, mic/headphone jack
- Dimensions: 14 x 9.3 x 0.58 inch
- Weight: 3.8 pounds
Overview of Samsung Seris 9
If you have come across 13-inch Series 9 notebook, you can definitely point out Series 9 15 inch ultrabook in the herd of portables. Built with aluminum unibody, Series 9 reflect bluish grey contrast. Its shiny chassis hardly catches any fingerprints on it. Overall looks of Series 9 are quite attractive with its design portraying just right amount of dynamism in width that widens a bit towards rear to accommodate ports. It measures 0.58 inches at thinnest point. Weighing 3.8 pounds with this thinness, Samsung Series 9 is the best one to carry around.
Keyboard of Samsung Series 9 ultrabook has well spaced and appropriate sized keys. However, its backlighting does not live upto expectations leading to many typing errors if your fingers are yet to be familiar with keyboard. Touchpad of this ultraportable also has some flaws. It is much responsive to the touches on lower side than those at upper side. Before Elan driver update, upper side of touchpad was close to unresponsive. But this issue has been resolved to much extent now. There are no dedicated keys at the bottom of touchpad to distinguish left and right click.
Display of Samsung Series 9 is its prominent factor. Measuring 15-inches, this SuperBright display blows your mind off with whooping 1600 x 900 resolution. As claimed by Samsung, this display offers similar results even when viewed in direct sunlight. Viewing at wide-angles is also not an issue. Watching movies and videos on bright display becomes more fun with loud and clear sound of Series 9. Sound may get chirpy when at its peak, but with the help of Audio Control Panel, you can tweak with speaker settings to make it sound perfect. However, to access audio settings, you must have to explore notebook at deepest possible.
Samsung Series 9 features 1.3 megapixels front camera that allows you to record videos at resolution of 1280 x 1024. Talking about overall performance of Samsung Series 9, its configuration consisting of 128 GB SSD, Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB RAM works above average giving out excellent results. With power of SSD and Fast Boot utility, Series 9 boots Windows 7 Home Premium in mere 16 seconds. It takes tiny 2 seconds to wake portable up from sleep mode.
Price of Samsung Series 9
Samsung Series 9 offers excellent performance and portability. It lasts for 7 hours with continuous Wi-Fi usage. Intel HD 3000 graphics allow decent frame rates for gaming. The configuration that we have mentioned above can cost you around $1,499. You can get more information about Samsung Series 9 from official Samsung website.
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