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Samsung Series 9 second generation notebook unveiled

Samsung Series 9 second generation notebook unveiled

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Here's the new premium notebook from Samsung. I want one if the WIFI issues from the previous generation are resolved.  1600x900 400nit screen, backlit keyboard, no Apple on the lid.  I'm in.  See the product area at http://www.samsung.com/us/article/the-new-series-9-thin-fast-smart.  See the press release for the second generation Series 9 at www.samsungces.com/Common/Include/Download.asp?FileSEQ=1687.

The picture above is of the striking 13" Series 9 model.  The new 15" model was demonstrated on stage at CES and sports a couple of USB 3.0 ports and a DB15 VGA port on the left side.  We'll get the full specs eventually but Samsung says the 15" model is just over 3 pounds and it's packing a 1600x900 screen in a 14" chassis with their MaxScreen thin bezel design.

Want to see for yourself?  Fast forward to minute 46 in the following press conference replay video.

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  • Hmm... my comment didn't seem to post.

  • What comment?  I didn't receive one.

  • I had posted one about the 9 Series laptops and how to fix the WiFi issue. Maybe this site is similar to the Windows 8 blog? I can't post there either unless I hit refresh first... I think it's a timing issue.

  • I'll try to recreate the post:

    We deployed the Samsung 9 Series laptops. The WiFi issue can be solved, at least on the ones with the Intel WiFi cards (why they put the b/g/n-only Broadcom cards in, I have no idea; I was told that, going forward, all models eventually would be equipped with the Intel cards). The power management setting for WiFi needs to be set to Maximum Performance for the battery and plugged in modes for all power profiles. This problem isn't specific to the 9 Series, actually--we found this in Toshiba laptops with the same model Intel WiFi card as well.

    That said, the WiFi range isn't that great. But the stability and continuous throughput issues are resolved by changing the power management settings.

  • Thanks for the information Ryan. I am planning on getting the 15" model, I think.  Maybe one of each.  My wife is due for a replacement machine and I am not sure what to get her.  I want the 15" but she'll likely be more comfortable with the 13.3".

    I wish the reviewers would take some high res shots of the new 1600x900 screens on both.

  • Great blog...first time to the site.  I think the previous gen Series 9 looked pretty slick and was contemplating one.  BUT, I needed min 256 SSD and this one looks to fit the bill.  I use an iPhone 4S and am happy with it, but have no interest in switching to any Mac.  I am 100% sold on this new Series 9...best looking notebook, not named Apple, i have ever seen..

  • Oliver, I'm with you.  I've already decided.  I am getting the 8GB 256GB 15" machine. See blog.laptopmag.com/samsung-series-9-15-inch-first-video-hands-on-ultrabook-size-big-display for some pics and a decent video of the black 15" model I want.