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Samsung locked and loaded with new Ultrabook

Sim Ahmed | Oct. 31, 2012
Samsung, which has steadily become the leader of the pack in the Android mobility space, is looking to get the same dominance in the PC space, and with its latest Series 9 laptop it has got one hell of a weapon on its hands.

I've run image editing software and video editing software on the Series 9 and it's handled both with moderate success, but it all gets a bit bogged down when you start tasking the system by adding web browsing with Flash and Skype in the background too.

I definitely wouldn't recommend using the Series 9 as a gaming laptop, at least not without a dedicated cooling unit. After an hour or so of moderate use the Series 9 heats up significantly. The fans on the underside are very quiet and understated, but the catch seems to be they are very ineffective at cooling the computer after long periods of use. I've found myself having to put the Series 9 aside on several occasions to let it cool down before using it again.

Possibly the best aspect of the Series 9 is its battery life and efficiency. With brightness at 80 percent and doing minor image editing and mostly web browsing over wi-fi, I was able to get five or six hours of use out of the laptop. This is short of the seven hours Samsung says the Series 9 is capable of, but plenty for me to use while working remotely.

The lowest price for the Series 9 on PriceSpy is around $1900. This is a bit on the steep side, but if you're looking for a stylish, light, and very capable Windows laptop and have the money the Samsung Series 9 will fit the bill perfectly.

4 and a half stars


Dimensions: 313.8 x 218.5 x 12.9mm

Display: 13.3 inches LED, 1,600 x 900 pixels

Processor: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM

Storage: 128GB

Operating System: Windows Home Premium

PriceSpy Price: $1900


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