Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CES – Samsung raises design bar with New Series 9 laptop

(Credit: CNET/Sarah Tew)

One of last year’s most head-turning laptops, the Samsung Series 9, is back, with an even slimmer, sleeker look.

Just one year ago, at CES 2011, the term “ultrabook” was never uttered. Instead, we saw a handful of very thin Windows laptops looking to duplicate the aesthetic and commercial appeal of Apple’s MacBook Air, but without the help of a new category name (or R&D fund) from Intel. Of those, the most eye-catching was the Samsung Series 9, a 13-inch thin laptop that had a lightweight duralumin case. At the time, we said it was as close to a MacBook Air as Windows users were likely to get.

Samsung’s second generation Series 9 (photos)

What a difference a year makes. Now, ultrabooks are lurking around every corner, and the Series 9 is back to reclaim the mantle of the hottest-looking superslim laptop. The original Series 9 fell a bit short on a few fronts–its trackpad wasn’t as good as a MacBook, it didn’t boot or resume as quickly as we had hoped, and the original price, around $1,650, was way out of line with what consumers were looking to spend.              More