Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook Proves a Sleek Design Isn't Everything

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2012-10-23 Print this article Print
Here's the Series 9 Ultrabook 13-Inch Version

Here's the Series 9 Ultrabook 13-Inch Version

The model I reviewed is the 13-inch version of the Samsung Series 9. There's also a 15-inch version, which looks a lot like this, except it's larger. Note that the touch surface is unadorned by any selection buttons.


Samsung tried to create the ultimate in Ultrabook computers by making the Series 9 lighter, thinner and better looking than anything else. Whether the company succeeded in making it better looking is a judgment for the user. But it is pretty light and it's really thin. Unfortunately, there are design compromises. Because it's very thin, you need dongles for everything, including wired Ethernet. In addition, the keyboard is quite flat and while it's better than typing on a screen, it's far from being the best keyboard in the business. Plus, there's also the problem of right-clicks, apparently dictated by Samsung's desire to make the computer look sleek. Perhaps it does look sleek, though. Samsung makes a big deal of having a really bright screen, so clearly that had to be tested. Turns out that the screen is nice, but it's not a game-changer. But another point in favor of the Series 9 design is that the screen is visible from large vertical and horizontal angles, which is a significant difference over most notebook computer designs.


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