Samsung Series 9 aka Samsung NP900X1A which is now on sale is surely going to give the Apple Macbook Air a run for its money. And why not? After all, it is thinner and more powerful than the Apple’s offering. So what is inside? You get an Intel Core i5-2537M processor (speedy performance unlike Samsung NC110), 128GB SSD, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 13-inch display, 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and weighs in 2.89 pounds.
The only thing that can hurt its sales is its price tag. NP900X1A’s lowest model starts at 1650 dollars while on the other hand, Apple Macbook Air 13 2010 model costs 1300 – a full 300 dollars cheaper. However, Samsung’s specs are much better, despite the fact it is slimmer. Macbook Air has half the RAM and a Core 2 Duo processor that even the Flintstones are familiar with.
Folks at Notebook Check were able to get their hands on one and have posted a review of it. What impressed me most were its CPU performance. It scored a massive 8657 in PCMark Vantage test and 2788 in the 3DMark 06. Let me compare it to some of the most powerful netbooks out there. Asus VX6 I reviewed scored 0.57 and Asus 1215T scored 0.42 in the Cinebench benchmark test. In comparison, Samsung 9 series scored 1.41. That is 3x more performance than the dual core Atom D525 processor that comes in the Lamborghini VX6. Color me impressed.
LaptopMag has posted a video of how quickly the Samsung Series 9 Notebook boots up compared to the Macbook Air.
Check out the notebookcheck review. (supa-detailed!)