Samsung Series 9: Light, bright and superfast

By Naomi Mackay,

Samsung has brought two new models to its Series 9 notebooks for business users, promising speedier performance from the new models.

The new pair of models have a speedier core i5 CPU than their predecessors and are made from duralumin – Samsung tells us this is used to make aircraft, is very light and is twice as strong as aluminium. Thanks to their construction, the notebooks weigh 1.31kg and is really slim – measuring 16.3mm.

Samsung Series 9

But there’s more – the screens are supposed to be 100% brighter than conventional displays – they are Samsung’s SuperBright Plus screens, with 400nit brightness, 16 million colour reproduction and Super Contrast ratio (1,300:1). Graphics performance should be twice as good (says Samsung) thanks to the Intel HD Graphics 3000 onboard.

There’s no doubt there’s plenty on offer – the Intel Core i5 Processor with 4GB memory and a 128GB solid state drive, which provides plenty of storage. Plus Samsung’s Fast Start instant-on feature lets you start working in only 15 seconds, and Fast Start powers on the device in just three seconds from sleep mode. In advanced sleep mode, data is also saved on the SSD as well as the internal memory, so content is ready even if the power is suddenly lost or the battery is removed.

You will be paying for all this loveliness though – prices start at £1,099. It puts it into the realms of the Macbook Air and its ilk, so if you’ve been yearning for one, but haven’t wanted to make the switch from Windows to Mac OS, the Samsung Series 9 notebooks could be a great choice.