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Samsung Series 9 (15in) review

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Price when reviewed : £1200
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The first true 15in ultra-portable is expensive, but it’s in a field of its own


15 in 1,600×900 display, 1.7kg, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U, 8.00GB RAM, 128GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Samsung has twice refined its flagship Samsung Series 9 since it first launched early last year, but one thing has stayed constant throughout – the 13in display. That finally changes with this latest model, which bumps screen size up to 15in while maintaining the same incredibly thin proportions that made the original so desirable.

Samsung Series 9 (15in)

At just 15mm thick and weighing just 1.7kg, the Series 9 is one of the thinnest and lightest 15in laptops ever. Built from a combination of tough yet lightweight metals, it has a droplet-shaped wedge design that leaves enough room for two USB3 ports, a Mini VGA port and a multi-format card reader on one side of the laptop, and one USB port, Micro HDMI, a 3.5mm headset jack and a proprietary Ethernet port on the other, while still keeping the main body as thin as possible. It’s virtually identical to the smaller 13in version, save for the larger screen.

Samsung Series 9 (15in)

The laptop’s display has a 400nit, 1,600×900 panel that’s not only incredibly bright, but a welcome step up in resolution compared to the screens on budget 15in laptops. A matte finish helps keep light reflections to a minimum, and the screen’s colour accuracy is superb, although viewing angles are still distinctly average. Thankfully, there’s a huge range of tilt, so we never struggled to find a screen angle that suited us.

Samsung Series 9 (15in)

A pair of down-firing speakers in the underside of the chassis produce surprisingly capable audio, as long as you sit the laptop on a solid surface. Samsung’s SoundAlive equaliser settings let you choose from a range of different bass- and treble-boosting effects, but our test tracks still sounded clean and crisp at the default setting. There’s even a hint of bass, although it’s no replacement for a pair of headphones or dedicated speakers.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-3317U
Processor clock speed 1.7 GHz
Memory 8.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 14x355x236mm
Weight 1.7kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15 in
Native resolution 1,600×900
Graphics Processor Intel HD 4000
Graphics/video ports micro-HDMI, mini VGA
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 128GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000 via adaptor
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDXC, MMC
Other ports minijack headset port, 2x USB 3.0


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 starter edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £1,200