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Samsung Series 9 arrives: lighter, thinner than MacBook Air

By Emil
Mar 17, 2011
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  1. Samsung has announced that the 13-inch version of its Series 9 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium is now available in the US through Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger, as well as other select retailers and e-tailers. The Windows 7 Professional option as well as the 11-inch version with Windows 7 Home Premium will become available in mid-April.

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  2. I would love that laptop for a mobile machine!
  3. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +91

    Wow, that is some sexy laptop. The price is too steep for me though.
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Wow, that is awesome! :D
  5. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 412   +42

    and how much is the comparable Mac book Air?
  6. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    I can't find it on bestbuy's website. Is it listed yet?
  7. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

  8. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    A very astute and telling observation.
  9. Omnislip

    Omnislip TS Rookie Posts: 96

    We need to counter out Gizmodo's Apple love
  10. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Posts: 107

    Great innovation ! Wow , would like to have one .
  11. yRaz

    yRaz TS Booster Posts: 908   +94

    I'd take that over a macbook air any day. I don't see that price being too unreasonable for someone in the market for an ultra portable. The thing that kills the price is the SSD. I think they may have only been able to fit an SSD in there to make it as thin as it is.

    That aside, I think I'd very much enjoy that laptop.
     
  12. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I look at it with different goggles... Its not a Windows machine to me, its my latest portable Linux machine, and boy would it look nice having Linux spread across that laptops screen! :haha:

    Expensive computer - windows + Linux = OK as its Linux. :D

    I'm also a Mac owner. ;)

    Cheek aside, my ideas of price for my portable computer needs have gone out the window in recent years. I'm much more interested in the devices function and portability than I am the cost so much these days. While I accept laptops will never truly have the performance of a desktop in every respect, I do expect the same sort of experience in everyday usage, and I often find myself getting frustrated with the performance of my everyday computers.

    Fortunately (in this respect), I've been unable to work away from home for the last 18 months, so I haven't had such needs - I now pretty much use the desktop for everything. :)

    I could definitely see myself getting something like this Samsung when I do start venturing out for work though.
  13. treeski

    treeski TS Guru Posts: 876   +130

    If the 13" were ~$300-400 cheaper... I'd be interested =P
  14. Whoaman

    Whoaman TS Rookie Posts: 71

    Nice machine. I look forward to seeing a head-to-head with the Air by Anand. Not cheap relatively speaking but well-engineered technology like that found in the Apple machines likely never will be. Samsung support doesn't compare to Apple's but it does offer a 3-year warranty to balance it out. I wonder how it will run h-OS X and it would be nice to have a Linux option which could reduce the price somewhat.
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Everything on sale today has a linux option. In most cases the best option is to do it yourself rather than rely on a half-effort from a manufacturer not really interested in whether the support is decent or not.
  16. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 955   +49

    yup, another Macbook Air lookalike that is outside my price range. =p
  17. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Even the lookalikes are realising they need to copy the price of the real "Air" these days. :haha:
  18. Innovation? Really?
  19. Whoaman

    Whoaman TS Rookie Posts: 71

    I don't think you can buy this machine without paying the Windows tax.
  20. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 616

    That's not very thick... where do they stuff all the components?
  21. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    If I remember a few court cases in our country (or maybe the EU) we can. We cannot be forced to use Windows. That does however mean we refuse the EULA, and at no point use Windows.

    I've never attempted it though, and in reality the majority of people using a PC actually dual boot it alongside Linux anyway - though I have to admit I use it as a sole OS on my laptop purely because Windows only serves me for gaming.
  22. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Your reality is very different than mine in the U.S.
  23. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Sorry, I meant that slightly differently to how it came out. In my experiences the majority of those using Linux tend to dual boot it with Windows, rather than use it exclusively on every computer.

    I wasn't implying most Windows users dual boot Linux as I have perhaps come across.

    I could have worded that much better, sorry.
  24. bonniesmith

    bonniesmith TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Samsung is really coming through with amazing devices lately, well done! Even the 3D TV rocks!
  25. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 203   +10

    "in reality the majority of people using a PC actually dual boot it alongside Linux anyway"

    Someone lied to you, buddy. The majority of PC users do not know what Linux is.

    On the other note - way to expensive. Great machine with some muscle. I can't wait until some significant competition kicks in and drives the ultraportable prices to a reasonable level.


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