You know a laptop maker is serious about the look and feel of its machine when it employs a metal usually reserved for making aircraft. We’re talking about the Samsung Series 9, and the material is duralumin, which is twice as strong as aluminum. Not only does this notebook weigh a hair less than the MacBook Air (2.88 vs. 2.96 pounds), Samsung also made the Series 9 a fraction of an inch thinner at its thickest point (0.64 inches vs. 0.68 inches).
Just as important, Samsung gave this laptop a seriously unique look. The Series 9 has a dark brushed-metal lid and smoothly curved edges. This minimalist-chic ultraportable also sports a backlit keyboard and a generous multitouch click pad, plus a jaw-droppingly bright 400-nit display. It’s hard to believe this super-slim chassis houses a Core i5 processor.