Most of today's ultra light laptops get the job done just fine. You don't have to look far to find a model that delivers adequate performance and portability. But a truly exceptional laptop—one that you'll look forward to using every day—requires innovation from the ground up. The Samsung Series 9 was engineered and crafted not just to meet your everyday computing needs but to provide an experience you'll treasure for years.

 

    There are some times when photos of laptops can fool you: they look beautiful when blessed with stunning lighting and clever angles of photography, but when you actually see them in the flesh it's like going on a blind date with a "slim, athletic and handsome man" and ending up with Danny de Vito (sorry Danny). The Series 9 is no such laptop. lt looks and feels beautiful, with what Samsung terms as a "mineral matt-finish". The end result is no fingerprints on the lid, which was one of the big complaints consumers had with the original Series 9.

Streamlined From the Start

 

 

    When we first got hands-on with the new Series 9 laptops, we were joined by two of the execs tasked with overhauling their design. What struck us most—more than any one spec like resolution or thickness—was how much the design was apparentiy decided by user feedback. After culling ideas, in part, from the comments on sites like this one, the designers arrived at two overarching conclusions: the shiny stuff had to go, as did superfluous things, like launch buttons. The design needed to be simpler, cleaner, but just as well-made, with the same attention to detail.

Design and Engineering Innovations

 

Single-shell body.

 

Ultra-slim, tailor-made components.

 

Compact chassis, maximum screen size.

 

Solid-state drive.

 

A thoroughbred workhorse.

 

 

An ambitious design philosophy doesn't always translate into real-world excellence. But in the case of the Series 9 laptop, you'll experience its focus on quality and simplicity every day.

 

    Even though it has a thin profile, the Series 9 manages to dissipate heat well. After we streamed a Huiu video at full screen for 15 minutes, the clickpad was a cool 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and the spaces between the G and H keys and underside were a cool 90 and 91 degrees, respectively. Whether watching movies or listening to music, we were impressed with both the power and fidelity of the Series 9's speakers. Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" boomed out, and had a nice balance between the treble and bass. Most importantly, it didn't sound tinny, especially when we played more bass-heavy tracks, such as 50 Cent's "Window Shopper" The SoundAilve control panel—accessible via the Easy Settings utility—let us adjust equaiizer settings and choose from a variety of presets, which really made a difference. We only wish we could get to the settings with just one click.

 

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