Samsung's Series 9 Goes Up Against MacBook Air

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In one corner, we have Apple's 11.6-inch MacBook Air checking in at 0.68 (H) x 11.8 (W) x 7.56 (D) inches and starting at $1,000 with a 64GB SSD, or $1,200 with a 128GB SSD. And in the other corner, we have Samsung, which is now shipping its ultra-thin 11.6-inch Series 9 notebook for $1,200. How does it compare to the MacBook Air? Let's have a look.


The $1,200 MacBook Air sports the following:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz processor
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics with 256MB DDR SDRAM
  • DVI/VGA/Dual-link DVI/HDMI
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB 2.0
And here's what the Samsung Series 9 comes equipped with:
  • Intel Core i3 380UM processor
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64GB SSD
  • Intel HD 3000 graphics
  • HDMI
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB 2.0
Not exactly the MacBook Air killer PC fans might have been hoping for, but a solidly spec'd machine nonetheless, and ultra thin to boot. The Samsung Series 9 measures 0.65 (H) x 11.7 (W) x 7.8 (D) inches and weighs 2.31 pounds with a standard battery. It also scores points on sex appeal with a beautiful brushed aluminum chassis.
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Mar 29 2011 11:40 AM

While I think the SSD should be larger at this price point not to mention with a Core i3 cpu vs a core 2 duo (I thought Intel stopped making those completely6 months ago) under a grand that is awesome. I could definitely see picking one of these up with a 128Gb SSD and 4 gigs of memory. Of course that would probably make it the same price as the MAC, but I bet the operational speed is greater, not to mention an i5 processor is probably or will be shortly an option as well.

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pwrntspd replied on Tue, Mar 29 2011 11:52 AM

I wonder how the Integrated Nvidia 320 does against the HD 3000...The only thing i dont like about the samsung is the price, for its components it could be a little cheaper, but its a nice compeditor none the less.

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This is super sexy!!! From what I've been gathering the hd 3000 preforms about the same if not a little worse than the 320m it just depends on the benchmark. Sometimes it's better sometimes it's worse. I wonder why they didn't use the sandy bridge i3. This would be even sexier with sandy bridge and 4 gigs of memory!

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KPOM replied on Tue, Mar 29 2011 3:41 PM

According to this Engadget article, the 3D marks on the HD 3000 on the Core i5 13" version of the Samsung are about half that of the NVIDIA 320m on the 13 MacBook Air. I suspect we'd see a similar differential between the 11" Samsung and 11" MacBook Air. The CPU on the Samsung is impressive, though.

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OSunday replied on Tue, Mar 29 2011 6:53 PM

Macbooks used to have a domain on a computer being sexy, but Samsung just might dethrone Job's design team with this baby!

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realneil replied on Tue, Mar 29 2011 8:58 PM

Hard to compare these two together with vastly differing OS's on them. There is no clear metrics to go by. Just system specs.

I can do without either of them.

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You can certainly call it a pretty machine. Paul were you able to actually put your hands on the Samsung? Did it have a case made out of a solid piece of aluminum like most Apple products? Give it another revision or two and I think it just might be able to dethrone the Air as an ultra portable.

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