The Samsung Series 9 with standard specs: a 13.3-inch, 1600 x 900 screen, a brand-new 1.7GHz Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 256gb solid state drive, and integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. In nearly every way, it’s a miniature version of the 15-inch machine. This machine comes without a battery. The way the light plays across the Series 9’s surfaces is truly a marvel to behold, the deep dark blue matte aluminum texture soaking up the rays to make the notebook seem impossibly slim, while the shiny brushed aluminum rim that forms the Series 9’s entire profile practically glows by comparison. The way the lid and body meet, they almost look like a single piece. As you’d expect, the 13-inch Series 9 looks even better. It’s a supermodel of a Windows PC.
Despite the thinness, the Series 9 retains excellent build quality. There’s no flex in the keyboard tray, none in the palm-rests, and only the slightest bit of give in the bottom of the chassis and the lid, enough to let you feel that they’re constructed from thin metal rather than solid. And, crucially, the hinge is strong enough to hold up the screen without wobbling. It’s still not an exceptionally strong hinge, but the result is that the screen is easy to open and stays at the angle you want, and I couldn’t say either about the laptop’s larger brother.
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