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Samsung Series 9 13.3-inch Ultrabook preview

Samsung's Series 9 is definitely one of the best-looking Ultrabooks. It's extremely sleek and comes equipped with an excellent 13.3-inch matte PLS display with a resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels.

The chassis is made in aluminium which makes the Series 9 both light and sturdy. Today we are taking a closer look at the NP900X3C model. The NP900X3C is aimed at the business segment, as it comes with Windows 8 Pro and TPM security features.

It's not a pure business notebook however, since Intel's vPro technology is absent. The laptop has the standard Intel HM75 chipset, and is equipped with a Realtek Gigabit Ethernet adapter. WiFi is provided by a dual-band Intel Centrino 6235 chip that supports 802.11n networks and Bluetooth 4.0. The keyboard has a good keystroke and the touchpad is nice and large.

The presence of Windows 8 Pro and the TPM chip make it a more business-oriented device, and the Intel Core i5-3371U from the entry-level model has been replace by an Intel Core i7-3517U. This is a 1.9 GHz dual-core processor with HyperThreading and 4MB cache with a turbo speed of up to 3.0 GHz.

A more important point that we are very happy with is the fact that Samsung has addressed a traditional weak component of its Ultrabooks. Samsung is known for its quality SSDs, but ironically used inferior and much slower SSDs from other manufacturers for its own Ultrabooks, for example the SanDisk U100. That's no longer the case. With this refreshed version of the Series 9, you get a 256 GB Samsung PM830.

The Ultrabook doesn't have many connectors, and only the USB 3.0 and 2.0 are full-size ones. There are miniature ports for VGA on the right, and Micro HDMI and Ethernet ports on the left. For the latter, Samsung includes an adapter. The power connector is also located on the right, with the headphone jack on the left. Graphics are provided by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 from the Intel Core i7 processor.

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