The MacBook Air has true competition.
There have been a few quite a few ultra-portables inspired by Apple’s super-thin MacBook Air and, clearly, the Samsung Series 9 that I am looking at today is one of them. What differentiates Samsung from others is mostly specs- while other ultra-portables tend to skim out on the specs to keep components cool, the Samsung 900X3A can easily be used as your primary machine. Lets find out if Series 9 has struck the right cord between beauty and brawn.
Packaged in a slick black box, The Samsung Series 9 is one of the most beautiful laptops I’ve seen of late.With measurements of 12.9″ (W) x 8.9″ (D) x 0.62-0.64 (H), the Samsung U900X certainly comes very close to the MacBook Air 13” that has dimensions of of 12.8×8.9×0.11-0.68. Samsung uses duralumin material for the lid which is also used in airplane construction to give the Series 9 a solid finish. The back has a more soft touch to it making it easy to hold and carry.
Like the first generation of MacBook Air, the Samsung Series 9 has doors that open up to reveal it’s ports. While this creates a nice clean overall look, it also creates an extra step and a cramped up space to connect your equipment- an issue I had with the original MacBook Air. On the left you have a USB 3.0 port, a mini HDMI port and a port where the included wired network dongle connects. The right has a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio input/output jack and a MicroSD card reader. I do wish that Samsung had equipped a regular SD reader but I can understand the space restrains- plus its not so hard to use a MicroSD card with an SD adapter on any of your devices.
Samsung does well with the specs of Series 9. It is equipped with the Core i5-2537M CPU that is dual core and runs at 1.40GHz. Along with that, my review unit featured 4GB of RAM and a 120GB SSD which made booting up the system and launching applications really fast. The Integrated Intel HD Graphics aren’t necessarily the best for 3D games but this laptop isn’t really designed for gaming.