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Macbook Air or Samsung Series 9?

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I am currently in the market searching for an ultraportable laptop and came down to these two.

While the Series 9 is more expensive than the 13" Air, it does run on higher specs and such. But what really confused me was the drives both run on. The Series 9 runs on an 128GB SSD, but from what I recall, Macbook Airs run on Flash Storage, similar to those of the iPods. What is the difference between flash storage and an SSD. Are they similar enough to disregard?
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Flash storage is just Apples way of saying SSD. It's like saying "It's toasted."

As a former Mac user, I would say specs aren't as important. They tend to be optimized to run better using lower spec'ed parts.

I think it all comes down to whether you like OSX or Windows 7. I personally would go with the S9 as long as the price wasn't astronomically different.
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Mac all the way!
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Series 9!
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I'd go with the mac too. I love PC don't get me wrong but for some reason mac air is just awesome and fast and super ultra portable.
 
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MacBook Air: $1,199
Samsung Series 9: $1,599

MacBook Air ALL the way. But wait for the summer refresh! Will include Sandy Bridge processor and a HD webcam.
    
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As much as I loathe Apple and its cult of zombie followers the best thing is to wait and see whether the Air will compete in terms of tech with the refresh.

I've tried out the Air in person and didn't find it much faster than my netbook. Then again I have a better OS on the netbook. Only pro would be in that Apple is buying up all the high capacity li batteries and using them by default in their laptops. That's about it.
     
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I realize you said you have narrowed you selection down to the Mac and Samsung, but is there any reason you didn't go with a Sony Vaio S-series? 13.3" LED-backlit screen, Sandy Bridge i7-2620M and an AMD Radeon HD 6630M with 1GB dedicated VRAM for under $1,300 (Go with an i5 for the CPU and it'll be quite a bit less).

If you want an SSD you can replace the hard drive with the SSD of your choice. The only factory SSD option is for 2x128GB SSDs in RAID0, which is expensive and probably unnecessary.

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Series 9.
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post #10 of 13
I received the series 9 2 days ago and have been working with; should have a review out in a week or so.. The only concern I think anyone might have would be the price. The build is visibly superior, battery life blows away the MacAir, performance is much better and the screen is very clear and brite.

Actually, its pretty amazing that anyone can pull 5-6 hours out of battery so small .

There is no plastic here whatsoever.

The only downfall I might suggest internally is that the system contains an mSATA SSD which means no upgrading to SATA 3 when they come available. It happens to be, however, the top performing SSD I know of with a capacity of 128GB in the msata class.

Another bonus is that the RAM in the back is one stick of 4GB which means you simply purchase another stick if need be unlike so many other systems which would have had 2x2GB and forced you to buy 2x4GB.

OS.... well thats a personal pref but for hardware... I think the Series 9 is truly a MacAir killer except for price.





Edited by TheSSDReview - 5/8/11 at 12:45am
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