Samsung Series 9 13in (2nd Generation) review

Samsung's original super-slim notebook gets an update

11 Jan 2012
Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook 13i

The original Samsung Series 9 notebooks pre-dated the Ultrabook format and the boom in super-slim designs. There's a lot more competition in this area now, not just the MacBook Air, but this updated 13in Series 9. Now Samsung itself doesn't class this as an Ultrabook, but it certainly ticks all the boxes as far as we can see.

Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook 13i

The 13in weighs just 1.16kg and is a minuscule 12.9mm thick, Samsung calculates that it's 28% smaller in total than the previous models. This should make it the world's smallest 13in laptop. As you can see below the laptop has a slight bulge near the hinge simply to give it enough width for a USB port without any silly doors or adaptors.

Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook 13i

Samsung claims that this 13in model has the best screen it has ever used in a laptop - and it's hard to argue. The IPS panel has a large 1600x900 resolution and can produce 400nits of brightness, a lot more than most laptop displays from Samsung or anyone else.

Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook 13i

The screen has a matt finish, so you won't get strong screen reflections from lights or the sun. While the backlit keyboard lets you work when the lights are down, making this a very flexible portable computer. For working on the go, the Lithium-Polymer battery pack has a claimed life of seven hours.

To hold and use it feels impressively sturdy despite its slender appearance. The upper surfaces of the aluminium chassis are sand-blasted to give a pleasing, fingerprint-resistant finish.

Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook 13i

Specifications are still are a little vague, with Core i5 and Core i7 processors both possible and options for 4GB or 8GB of memory. This model will come with a 256GB SSD, though, it boots in just 9.8 seconds and wakes in just 1.4 seconds.

It's a remarkable piece of engineering and one that sets the standard for other laptops in this area. we look forward to getting our hands on it for a full review, though there's no date for release yet beyond a vague Q1 of this year. Check out the gallery for more images.

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