I really appreciate a true HD laptop–one capable of 1080p on its own display and not just when piped to a 1080p display and then given the upscale treatment. I’m talking about 1080p glory right out of the box. Not every laptop is capable of such feats of apparent supernatural functionality. But the Sony VAIO S Series, we recently reviewed is among is one such laptop.

The VAIO sprung to mind while digesting Samsung’s recent announcement for their Series 9 Premium Ultrabook. The unit does 1080p, impressively across its smallish 13 inch SuperBright display panel. Samsung talks up the brightness stating it can reach twice the brightness of standard notebook displays. It only weighs 2.5 pounds and measures half an inch thick…er I mean “thin”. I’ve seen heavier bars of soap. The polished edge returns and the Samsung Series 9 has been given a good sand blasting to resist fingerprints and smudging.

Although it may not lend itself to massive storage capacity, the Series 9 ships with a 128Gb solid state drive for lightning fast transfer rates and boot times. In fact Samsung has gone on record boasting of a 10 second boot time.

The Samsung Series 9 Premium Ultrabook is available now for $1399.99


Operating System



Windows 8




Intel® Core™ i7-3537U Processor

Screen Size











Samsung’s SuperBright™ technology (300 nit)

Processor Speed (max)



2.0 GHz





Storage* (max)







Intel® HD Graphics 4000




3W Stereo Speaker (1.5W x 2)




1.3MP HD Webcam




802.11 a/b/g/n

Battery (Mobile Mark 2012)



Up to 5.8 Hrs


Shawn Sanders

Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.