Samsung 9 Series
Samsung is facing Apple's Macbook Air ultra-thin laptops head on with a sleek model of its own.
The Samsung 9 Series, available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models, is only 15 mm thick, and features sharp, blade-like edges like the Air that make it look and feel even thinner.
But instead of tapering the body gradually to the edge, the 9 Series is wrapped, like a folder, in a rigid sheet of 'duralumin', a material usually reserved for aircraft. The result gives the 9 Series a sturdy, edgy feel, instead of the smooth delicateness of the Air.
And while the 9 Series' 1 kg weight is about the same as the 11.6-inch Macbook Air, its compact design simply feels sturdier and more durable.
In terms of performance, the 9 Series is equipped with an Intel Core i3 380UM processor at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, an Intel HD3000 graphics chip, and a 64GB solid-state drive.
It runs Windows 7 Home Premium, so the touchpad will support multi-touch and gestural controls - but the display is not touch-sensitive, so those won't translate into on-screen controls.
Additional features include a 1.3-megapixel HD webcam, three USB 3.0 ports, an integrated Ethernet port for broadband - which is not available on the Air - HDMI output, 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless connectivity, and Bluetooth.
You also get a backlit keyboard, which will come in handy in dark environments.
The Samsung 9-Series is currently available in the US for US$1,199, or about HK$9,350.
Pros: ultra-sleek 15mm thin duralumin shell, sturdy feel, SSD, broadband port
Cons: no option for a larger disk drive