Samsung Series 9 (13-inch, 2012) review: Samsung Series 9 (13-inch, 2012)

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The Good Gorgeous 1600x900 PLS screen. Very slim and light. Good keyboard and touch pad.

The Bad Only one USB 3.0 port. Adapters not included for micro video ports. Backlit keyboard needs to be brighter. Battery life could be improved. Touch-pad driver takes ages to load on first boot, meaning some functions aren't available for at least 30 seconds.

The Bottom Line There are some small concerns, but the new Samsung Series 9 is an absolute pleasure to use.

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The original Samsung Series 9 was a sleek MacBook Air competitor, but would set you back AU$2499 for the privilege.

Flash forward more than a year, and with SSD prices tumbling and ultrabooks becoming the norm, we have the new Samsung Series 9, starting at AU$1599 for a model with Windows 7 Home Premium, or AU$1699 for one with Windows 7 Professional.

Connectivity

  • USB 3.0: 1
  • USB 2.0: 1
  • Optical: none
  • Video: micro HDMI, micro VGA
  • Ethernet: none
  • Wireless: dual-channel 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0

While the first had an attractive brushed metal finish, the new Series 9 is a plain dark blue with metal trims. It comes equipped with a 128GB SanDisk U100 drive and sadly, there's no larger capacity SKU available. A Core i5 3317U beats at the heart, with 4GB RAM, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and under the tapered lip on the right hand side, an SD card reader.

Confusingly, Samsung has only included one USB 3.0 port, supplying a second that is USB 2.0 only. There's also a headset jack, and that does it for full-sized ports — everything else is handled by micro versions.

Just like the USB 3.0 port, Samsung's been a little stingy on providing adapters for these ports — it only includes the Ethernet adapter, the user will have to source their own micro-HDMI connector or buy the VGA adapter separately (which seems to not exist, with Samsung's own accessories page only advertising its micro HDMI to VGA adapter).

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Samsung Series 9 (13-inch, 2012)

Part Number: CNETSamsung Series 9 (13-inch, 2012)

Typical Price: $1,599.00

See manufacturer website for availability.