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Samsung Series 9 (13-inch, 2012)

The original Samsung Series 9 was a sleek MacBook Air competitor, but would set you back AU$2499 for the privilege.

Flash forward more than a year, and with SSD prices tumbling and ultrabooks becoming the norm, we have the new Samsung Series 9, starting at AU$1599 for a model with Windows 7 Home Premium, or AU$1699 for one with Windows 7 Professional.

Connectivity

  • USB 3.0: 1
  • USB 2.0: 1
  • Optical: none
  • Video: micro HDMI, micro VGA
  • Ethernet: none
  • Wireless: dual-channel 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0

While the first had an attractive brushed metal finish, the new Series 9 is a plain dark blue with metal trims. It comes equipped with a 128GB SanDisk U100 drive and sadly, there's no larger capacity SKU available. A Core i5 3317U beats at the heart, with 4GB RAM, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and under the tapered lip on the right hand side, an SD card reader.

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