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First Look: Samsung Series 9 (15-inch)

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First Look: Samsung Series 9 (15-inch)

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Samsung's super-sized thin laptop is like a large-scale ultrabook. It's expensive, but it's also beautiful.

I'm Scott Stein and you've come to the Cool Ultrabook section of cnet.com. Hey, if you're looking for something that's slick, stylish, well, here we go. The Samsung Series 9. These things are highly priced and you know, they want you to buy an Ultrabook that looks great and feels great and you've seen these things around since last year. Well, this thing is $1499 and is a 15 inch version of last years 13 inch model and hey, you wanna be cool, you wanna pay up for the price. It is a slickly designed laptop. This thing is aluminum, has a solid unibody feel like the MacBook Air and it's a little over half an inch tick. Razor thin for it's size and a little over 3 pounds. It feels light. We're pouring towards 3.5 pounds than 3 but you know, it doesn't feel like any 15 inch laptop that we view and that's because it's not and in fact, it's crammed into a chassis, that's a bit of a twiner. Kind of a little more, like a 14 inch laptop in that foot print yet it still fits a 15 inch screen inside. That's great, well, what are you gonna use it for? That's the question because this thing, basically, has the specs of a 13 inch Ultrabook. It's got a Core I5 processor. 8 gigs of ram which is nice and a 128 gigabyte SSD and that adds up to what you're probably seeing in a lot of other laptops. What are you getting in this package? Well, you're getting style and you're getting really nice construction and you're getting a bright screen and well, if that matters to you, well then, this is gonna feel great to work on and if it doesn't matter to you, well then, go bargain shopping. That's where it boils down to with this laptop and you feel it, when you work on it, when I worked on it, I noticed that the keyboard, that shallow keyboard actually feels great to work on, a lot like the MacBook Air and is a very large, wide, huge reel state track pad that's screaming MacBook Air like. Now, it's uses an Elan touch pad as opposed to synaptics if you're a touch pad geek but it does feel really good and it has probably one of the better windows track pads that I've seen lately. One thing that is really annoying about this 15 incher is it doesn't make any concessions to you for being easier to use and by that, I mean, ethernet HTMI, you'd expect those on a larger laptop, they're here but they are in Micro Danglified modes. You can get Ethernet with an included Ethernet Dangle that comes in the box but it's a micro HTMI and it's a special display port type that works with VJ with a purchase of a separate cable. So, you're up the river if you wanna use that thing without packing some cables to go along with it for you basic MacBook Air, Ultrabook like needs. Sure, it can surf the web and do all those basic things and it does have a pair of USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. Thankfully, those are full size, as is an SD card slot. It's exactly what you think it is. It's a magnified version of a Samsung Series 9. Better construction than last years model that we gushed about and there is going to be a 13 inch model that comes out this year as well, that's going to be even smaller than last years 13 inch model. It will be $1399. This one is $1499 and you do get double the ram. If this thing cost under 1000 dollars, I'd be going nuts right now but the fact that it's $1499 makes a tough decision for a lot of people. I do think however, it's one of the nicest Windows laptops or Ultrabooks that I've ever seen. I'm Scott Stein and that's a look at the 15 inch Samsung Series 9.

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