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Samsung Introduces Series 9 13.3" and 15" Notebooks with Ivy Bridge
      #42757 - 06/06/12 02:25 PM

Samsung has introduced the Samsung Series 9 notebooks with 3rd gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. These ultra-thin notebooks feature Samsung's SuperBright Plus displays with 400 nits and weighs 2.55 lbs. (13.3") and 3.63 lbs. (15"). The Samsung Series 9 13.3" models have Intel Core i5 processors while the Series 9 15" models include both Intel Core i5 and i7 CPU options. Here is more info on the Samsung Series 9 notebooks:



Fast Intel Core Processors
Get work done. Lots of work. The 3rd generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (13.3" and 15" models respectively) with Turbo Boost 2.0 technology speed you through your favorite applications.

Solid State Drives with Fast Boot Times
Solid state drives mean you can boot up in as fast as 8.4 seconds (13.3" models) and 9.1 seconds (15" models), with fast application loading and fast shut-down times.

13.3" and 15" SuperBrigh Plus Displays
Samsung Series 9 SuperBright Plus displays are up to twice as bright as standard notebook screens, reproduce up to 16 million colors and deliver accurate displays. Every photo, video, website and document will look absolutely stunning.



Super Slim, Striking Titanium-Silver Finish
The Series 9 is a super-slim .50" or .58" thin (13.3" model or 15" model). Its gorgeous, titanium-silver profile leaves plenty of room in your bag for everything else in your life.

PowerPlus Battery
Samsung's innovative PowerPlus charging technology and advanced Lithium-Polymer battery has a lifespan up to 3 times longer than a conventional battery, with the 13.3" lasting up to 9 hours

Samsung Series 9 15" Intel Core i7 option specs:



For more info visit www.samsung.com/business








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Re: Samsung Introduces Series 9 13.3" and 15" Notebooks with Ivy Bridge [Re: Tong Zhang]
      #43111 - 08/06/12 02:58 PM

I have yet to see a comparison between the 2012 editions of the Samsung Series 9 and Sony's Vaio Z and Vaio S. I would be interested to hear how 2 of the lightest 13" laptops compare, and how the 15" versions do against each other as well. Thanks!

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Re: Samsung Introduces Series 9 13.3" and 15" Notebooks with Ivy Bridge [Re: klaun]
      #43112 - 08/06/12 03:38 PM

I'd love to do it but we never received a Series 9 review unit. I've played with it quite a bit but we didn't have one long enough to do a review or comparisons. I will say that both the Vaio S and Vaio Z use full mobile CPUs and are thus in a different computing class than Ultrabooks with ULV CPUs. ULVs are fine for everyday tasks so for quite a few folks that won't make much of a different. But the Vaio S and Z are more for those who need more serious computational power and the option of dedicated graphics.

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Re: Samsung Introduces Series 9 13.3" and 15" Notebooks with Ivy Bridge [Re: LisaG]
      #43120 - 08/07/12 01:14 PM

Thanks for such a quick reply. If I am debating between a Vaio Z and Vaio S Premium (planning on upgrading RAM to 8-12GB aftermarket, will also upgrade to SSD), would you have any other recommendations for machines to consider. The Vaio Z seems nearly in its own class, the S Premium a little less so.

Thanks.

ps - Lisa, your reviews on these Vaio's are great...


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Re: Samsung Introduces Series 9 13.3" and 15" Notebooks with Ivy Bridge [Re: klaun]
      #43126 - 08/08/12 09:24 AM

I'd say both the Vaio Z and S 13.3 are in their own class (not the S15 that has similar competitors). The S 13.3 is nearly Ultrabook sized but has everything a full size notebook offers, and that's a rare treat. The Vaio Z is in a league of it's own for the 1080p display plus full mobile CPUs in a package that's thinner and lighter than most Ultrabooks on the market.

If you get the S 13.3 and upgrade to an SSD and add RAM, you're bumping into the Vaio Z base model price. But you will get internal dedicated graphics that are quite capable. With the Z, you'll need to buy the $400 PMD to get dedicated graphics and it's another box to carry. If you're looking for supremely mobile laptops with full mobile CPUs, these would be my top picks.

If you're OK with ULV CPUs and don't need dedicated graphics, then the field widens immensely.

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