Samsung 9 Series Notebook Sets its Sights on the Macbook Air
So, a brand other than Pansonic has arrived to deliver a product that can compete with the MacBook Air. Panasonic has long been involved in the lightweight PC market, but has never been able (nor really tried) to come close to the price point of the MacBook Air. The Panasonics can deliver i7 processors, weigh less than 3lbs, and go for 15 hrs on a charge; but it will cost you (usually between 3k and 5k). The new Samsung Series 9 comes somewhere in between the MacBook Pro and the high-performance Panasonics. Check out the new offering from Samsung in the video below.
- Screen: 13.3″ 1366 x 768 (Super Bright 400 nit)
- Processor: Intel Core i5 2537M 1.4 Ghz (2.3 Ghz Turbo Boost)
- SSD: 128 GB
- RAM: 4 GB
- Ports: MicroSD Card Slot, USB 2.0 (x3), HDMI Input
- Battery: 6.5 hrs
- Dimensions: 12.9″ x 8.9″ x .64″
- Weight: 2.88 lbs
- Material: Duralumin
- Starting Price: $1599
The closest comparable configuration of the MacBook Air comes in at $1,799.
- Screen: 13.3″ 1440 x 900
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 Ghz
- SSD: 256 GB
- RAM: 4 GB
- Ports: SD Card Slot, USB 2.0 (x2), Mini-Display Port
- Battery: 7 hrs
- Dimensions: 12.8″ x 8.94″ x .68″
- Weight: 2.9 lbs
- Material: Aluminum
- Starting Price: $1299
How They Stack Up:
The thing that Apple does best is hardware. Whether or not you’re a fan of Apple you can’t deny that their hardware is always top of the line and always looks clean and professional. That being said, Samsung has done it right too. Samsung has used Duralumin to make their new Series 9 notebooks. That’s cool…but what’s Duralumin? According to a Laptop Magazine interview, “Duralumin is a strong, reliable, and lightweight material normally used in advanced aircraft.” It’s pretty cool to think that your computer is made of the same material used to make the planes flying thousands of feet above your head.
The new Samsung Series 9 even manages to best the MacBook Air in dimensions and weight. And processors? The MacBook Air doesn’t even come close. A second generation i5 wipes the floor with the very out-dated Core 2 Duo. Even the upgraded Core 2 Duo of the MacBook Air can’t compete. Some people might not care about the additional computing power offered by the i5, but I would expect most would want the option to run heavier programs even when they are on the go.
The 13″ MacBook Air has a lower entry price which gives it an advantage with cost-conscious consumers. You have the option to build up the Air, but the Series 9 comes almost fully loaded (only option is Win 7 Pro). When I customized the Air to be able to best compare to the Series 9 it ended up coming a bit ahead of the Samsung ($100 over). But, as you can see, it manages double the storage. That’s a big deal. It also has a slightly higher pixel screen and a slightly better batter life (30 min).
In the end it’s pretty much a toss-up. It comes down to deciding whether you want more storage and a slower processor or vice versa. Oh, and of course your preference for OS X or Win 7. Either way you’ll end up with a great ultra-portable PC.