Samsung Premium Series 9 Review (Part 2)

1/8/2013 9:01:26 AM

The screen is a big upside of Series 9.

The screen is a big upside of Series 9.

Series 9 is equipped with 13in display but using a supper slim chassis makes this model more compact than most existing 13in models in the market. Resolution is quite high, 1,600x900pixel, allowing for nice display from eye to screen. Supported by Super Bright Plus technology with 400nit brightness (common laptop’s brightness is only from 200 to 250 nits), the screen is able to show nice gorgeous and accurate colors. Specially, viewing-angle is very wide, even in the minimum of 178degree; either colors or images didn’t change though they were dimmed a little.


Series 9 impressed us with its extremely fast performance. With the help of Windows 8 OS and hi-speed SSD, in 5 tests of shutdown and startup, the model always maintained 8sec taken from the time we pressed power button to when Start Screen appeared. This speed is much superior to most laptops who take around 20sec (Asus Zenbook has 15sec startup in Windows 7). Meanwhile, closing the lid then opening it again, time taken to show Start Screen was around 2sec. Such response time was only seen on mobile devices, Android or iOS tablets.

Marked by Windows Experience Index

Marked by Windows Experience Index

With the above test specs, Series 9 got 4.5 score, marked by Windows Experience Index in Windows 8 bundled with the device. Particularly, processor, RAM, graphics, gaming graphics and hard disk got 6.9, 5.9, 4.5, 6.2 and 8.1, respectively.

Using a low-power Intel Core i3 and Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, Series 9 doesn’t focus much on graphic performance yet it aims at hi-class businessmen requiring device that has long runtime and fast response. Thus, the model’s upsides all point toward this target.

Marked by 3D Mark06

Marked by 3D Mark06

In test of graphics with 3D Mark06, the device got 2,134 scores, on par with another hi-end ultra-book: Toshiba Satellite U920T.

Marked by PCMark Vantage

Marked by PCMark Vantage

Meanwhile, due to Windows 8’s difference, PCMark Vantage couldn’t judge HDD. But in detailed chart, this model got 3,709 for RAM, 4,612 for gaming and 39,241 for HDD.

Marked by Cinebench 11.5

Marked by Cinebench 11.5

Cinebench 11.5 gave the model 0.79 for CPU while OpenGL resulted 6.58fps.

Marked by HD Tune Pro 4.01

Marked by HD Tune Pro 4.01

Samsung equipped its model with Liteonit SSD featuring 256GB storage with average read speed of 201.3MB/s, tested by HD Tune Pro 4.01. This result was higher than many mid-segment ultra-books costing around $1000 and approximately on par with hi-end models, like Asus Zenbook UX31A or Toshiba Satellite U920T.

Aside from the ultra-slim and lightweight appearance, Series 9 also shines with impressive runtime. During common uses including web-browsing, music-playing and typing, the device could last for 7 hours.

Meanwhile, we played back a 720p HD movie, turned off Wi-Fi, used headphone instead of stereo at 70% volume (100% volume in Windows Media Player), set 50% brightness and let the device run until it automatically shut down (5% battery left). The total time allotted was 5h 14min.

We loaded 10 webs in Chrome let them auto-load each 15min, opened an online music player and repeated music endlessly, used headphone instead of stereo at 70% volume, set 50% brightness then let the device ran until there was 5% battery left. The total time allotted was 5h 27min.

General info

·         Packaged Quantity: 1

·         System Type: Notebook

·         OS Provided: Microsoft Windows 8 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

·         Service & Support: 1-year warranty

·         Notebook type: 13-inch



·         CPU: Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 1.7 GHz, 3 i5-3317U

·         Max Turbo Speed: 2.6 GHz



·         RAM: 4 GB

·         Technology: DDR3 SDRAM



·         Hard Drive: 128 GB, SSD



·         Type: 13.3 in

·         LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight

·         Max resolution: 1600 x 900 (HD+)

·         Widescreen: Yes

·         Features: SuperBright Plus


Audio & Video

·         Graphics Processor: Intel HD Graphics 4000


·         Type: Backlit keyboard, Touchpad

·         Features: Flat, Multi-gesture touch pad, Scrolling



·         Wireless: 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0

·         Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet

·         Features: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)



·         Technology: 4-cell Lithium polymer

·         Installed Qty: 1

·         Capacity: 44 Wh

·         Run Time: 9 hour(s)


AC Adapter

·         Output: 40 Watt


Connections & Expansion

·         Slots: 1x SD Memory Card, 1x MultiMediaCard

·         Interfaces: Micro-HDMI, Headphone output, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Microphone input

·         Interfaces: 1x HDMI - USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.0 - USB 2.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone output, 1x Microphone input

·         Memory Card Reader: 4 in 1 card reader (SDXC Memory Card), (SD Memory Card), (SDHC Memory Card), (MultiMediaCard)



·         Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

·         Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.



·         Color: Titan silver

·         Features: USB Sleep-and-charge ports

·         Cables Included: Network adapter

·         Localization: United States


Dimensions & Weight

·         Width: 12.3 in

·         Depth: 8.6 in

·         Height: 0.5 in

·         Weight: 2.55 lbs




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