The New Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook features a pair of USB 3.0 connectors as well as a chargeable USB 2.0 connector, micro HDMI and mini VGA ports, a headphone jack, as well as a mini ethernet port since this laptop is just way too thin for a traditional ethernet port. (The dongle is included). The trade-off for the ultra-thin design is a lack of optical drive (common with ultra-books) but it does boast of a 4-1 in one SD card reader.
I already mentioned the blindingly fast boot up time. That is in part thanks to Samsung using a Solid State Drive rather than a traditional hard disk. Since Solid State Drives have no moving parts they run quietly and are less prone to failure than hard disk drives since they are less susceptible to physical shock (i.e. dropping your laptop while it is running). They also start up remarkably faster than hard disk drives and generally require less than half the power a hard disk drive does not to mention faster data access time.
Samsung, along with intel, are also known to build the most reliable SSD drives so you can feel comfortable that this Series 9 will be long-lasting.
With 8 GB of DDR3 System Memory running at 1600 MHz and an Intel® Core™ i7 Processor running at 1.90 GHz with a 4 MB L3 Cache I’ve never been able to multi-task quite so efficiently. I seriously don’t think I could find a way to bog her down! She is seriously fast.
All this of course means that you can expect impressive speeds at start-up and with Fast Start your notebook will wake from sleep in 1.4 seconds. You definitely won’t get rage when multi-tasking to get work done on this baby. (You know that feeling your laptop gives you that makes you want to throw it out the nearest window?) Yeah, you won’t get that feeling with this UltraBook.
Something else I love about this laptop was the near lack of pre-loaded unnecessary software. Too often at work we will order hardware and then spend unnecessary time removing it all. Unlike some manufacturers I could mention, Samsung likes to keep it’s software build light and preloads only a few apps like Norton, Kindle, Skype and StumbleUpon. Most of which I would have installed anyway.
So after using this ultrabook for a few weeks, would I recommend it? Um, did you read the review? I answer this question with a resounding YES! Samsung has built one powerful machine in this Series 9 UltraBook and ultimately redefined what an UltraBook should be.
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