Tom Samiljan

Samsung 9 Series Laptop

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Move over, 13-inch MacBook
Air—the Samsung 9 series laptop is just as thin and a tad lighter (2.89
pounds), and it has a more distinctive wavy design (inspired by sports cars).
Spec-wise, it’s state of the art, with a superfast i5 Core processor, HDMI outs
(for showing your vacation photos on an HDTV), and two 1.5-watt speakers with a
subwoofer. Battery life is 6.5 hours, but the real edge over the MacBook Air is
the backlit keyboard, so you can work easily even when the airplane cabin
lights are off. ($1,599; samsungusa.com)

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Samsung 9 Series Laptop

Move over, 13-inch MacBook
Air—the Samsung 9 series laptop is just as thin and a tad lighter (2.89
pounds), and it has a more distinctive wavy design (inspired by sports cars).
Spec-wise, it’s state of the art, with a superfast i5 Core processor, HDMI outs
(for showing your vacation photos on an HDTV), and two 1.5-watt speakers with a
subwoofer. Battery life is 6.5 hours, but the real edge over the MacBook Air is
the backlit keyboard, so you can work easily even when the airplane cabin
lights are off. ($1,599; samsungusa.com)

Tom Samiljan

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