Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

Summary: While technically too expensive for an Ultrabook, the Samsung Series 9 is a thin notebook without equal.

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Ultrabooks may be thin and light, but there must have been several tons of them on display at the CES in Vegas. Every company seemed to be showing off at least one Ultrabook model, and you couldn't turn a corner without bumping into several. Of all the Ultrabooks on display this week, the Samsung Series 9 gets my vote as the best in show.

See also: Samsung raises design bar with Series 9 laptop

The whole point of Ultrabooks is to get thin and light enough to compete with the MacBook Air, and the Series 9 does that easily. At only 0.4 inches at its thickest point and just 2.6 pounds, the Series 9 is easy to throw in the bag and head out the door. The 7 hours of battery life is decent given the quad-core Core i7 processor and 128GB solid-state disk onboard.

The 13.3-inch SuperBright Plus display delivers good resolution (1600x900) and a bright display to handle every lighting situation. Samsung was able to cram lots of ports in spite of the thin duralumin case, including two USB, HDMI, RJ-45 and even an SD slot.

At $1,499 it is expensive for an Ultrabook, but that't the price to get a thin and light with no compromises.

Image credit: CNET Sarah Tew

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  • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

    Hi James,
    While I'm agree that these Samsung ultrabooks looks amazing, do you think recently they're taking to much design cue from Apple?
    tguh
    • Nope they look way better than apples products. They did copy too much from

      apples pricing scheme though. My advice to ultrabook shoppers, sit back and wait for ivy bridge, and get a convertable. Much better to take the extra weight over a tablet to not have to have both.
      Johnny Vegas
      • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

        @Johnny Vegas That is excellent advice. I too am looking for the convertible form factor to reduce the need to carry both a tablet and a laptop.
        gomigomijunk
    • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

      @tguh No. How many different ways can you design a notebook thin and light? What parts of those design requirements does apple own?
      marbo100
      • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

        @marbo100

        Its not the light and thin. Its the look and feel. The color of the computer, combined with the curved edges, and tapered body, etc.

        A direct copy, of course not, but clearly they borrowed heavily from Apple's design.
        yoshipod
      • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

        @yoshipod

        Except it doesn't taper. It has a bulge at the base. That is all no tapering. Honestly any well built machine these days with a minimalist design and large buttonless trackpad is an Apple rip in the eyes of some. This machine look is very different to Macbook's and the color is not the same or even that close.

        Apple did not invent minimalism and the trackpad is a good design. All vendors are going to do it. When Apple eventually copies the thin bezel no one is going to say anything. And rightly so.
        andrewjg
      • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

        @marbo100
        Apple copied from Sony & Sharp who made thin & light years before the Macbook Air. But nobody remembers and everybody thinks Apple invented the category because their advertising hit critical mass.
        warboat
    • Apple wasn't first

      @tguh
      While I agree that the Macbook Air looks amazing, do you think recently they're taking too much design cue from Sharp and Sony?
      warboat
  • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

    Core i7 and a 128GB SSD? Yuuuum! Almsot makes you forget the $1400 you're plunking down.
    dsf3g
    • Above average hardware spec means above average price.

      @dsf3g You're right! The nice CPU, bigger battery, big SSD, plus the "higher than most" screen resolution are precisely why this machine is $1499. It makes me chuckle that people are comparing this to all the lower-level Ultrabooks selling for under $1k and complaining that this one is too pricey. "You get what you pay for." <br><br>Plus, this shows that the MBAs are actually fairly competitive on price if you look at the hardware included. This one is pretty similar to the 13. The big difference is, there are drivers to run Windows properly on this one.
      BillDem
  • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

    It's dual core, not quad. And it's not duralim, its all aluminum. The previous model was duralim.

    And very likely my next computer.
    andrewjg
  • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

    I'd take the Envy 14 or Yoga 13 over this, but I guess the latter of those two is too far out to really count?
    x I'm tc
  • Too expensive.

    I can get the same specs for less elsewhere.
    People
  • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

    have to wait for Yoga or similar ones later in the year. It has to be Windows 8 for the next ultrabook/tablet for me
    ninjacut
  • Ubergizmo say Dell XPS 13 is best

    Ubergizmo says the Dell XPS 13 is "The Best New Ultrabook" of CES 2012 for its composite-material base, matte finish, and price point. <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5875168/best-ultrabook-dell-xps-13" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://gizmodo.com/5875168/best-ultrabook-dell-xps-13</a> They also call it the "Ultimate Ultrabook" <a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/01/dell-xps-13-ultrabook/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/01/dell-xps-13-ultrabook/</a>
    bmeacham98@...
  • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

    OMG the dell is gray and has rounded corners. The world is going to come to an end it is a direct copy of a MAC. AAAAAAAAAAAAAA oh the humanity.
    cpttango30
  • RE: Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9

    Should have been 1600x1050.
    900 is just nogt good enough for vertical space.
    IE11