It was a hard-fought battle, but the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air defeated the Samsung Series 9, earning 9 points to Samsung’s 6 points. The two machines tied in a couple of rounds, but the Air pulled ahead because of its better touchpad, faster boot/wake time, beefier graphics, and longer battery life.
On the other hand, Windows users will really like what the Samsung Series 9 has to offer, including a better backlit keyboard, sexier design, and stronger overall performance. And while there is a significant price delta of $350 between these two notebooks, the Series 9 is definitely one of the better designed Windows ultraportables that we’ve tested.
You can’t go wrong with either of these machines, but in the end the Air’s lower price and longer endurance make it the champ.
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