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Laptop Of The Year 2011


Samsung Series 9 900X3A

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Samsung Series 9 900X3A

Originally reviewed by Ardjuna Seghers 08 April 2011

Runner-up: Samsung Series 9

The Samsung Series 9 was the first Windows-based laptop to challenge the MacBook Air in terms of looks as well as performance. The judges loved the sleek lines of the 13.3in Series 9, made from an aluminium alloy called Duralumin, but some felt the screen quality of the laptop was a disappointment. However the Series 9 scored well for connectivity, build quality and design only narrowly missing out on top spot.

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November 28, 2011, 8:41 pm

i don't understand how the asus can win both laptop AND tablet of the year? i can absolutely see how it can win the tablet category because of its unrivalled flexability, but it doesn't have a cd drive, can only run apps not full programs, etc etc


November 29, 2011, 4:09 am

I agree, voting the EEE Transformer as the best laptop is at best misguided advice to less informed readers.

Does the fine judging team at TR think a laptop is just to browse the web these days?

Just trying to print from the EEE Transformer is a nightmare (you need an actual PC to run Google Cloud print)

Greg Shewan

November 29, 2011, 6:39 pm

The Transformer is in many ways better than a netbook, which is in itself just a media tool, regardless of what OS it runs. Doing work on a netbook is tiresome cause of the lack of grunt, vertical pixels and not to mention many netbooks don't have optical drives.

So based on that logic you would have to exclude all netbooks from the above category as well which is not feasible, based purely on OS. I'm surprised the Macbook and Samsung are in there equally, I wouldn't call them value products, I'm assuming their high prices were excluded from voting ;)


November 29, 2011, 11:51 pm

I can only agree with Gk.pm and chrisjordan2008. A computer that cannot run things like MS Office (or LIbreOffice, if you prefer), Photoshop, and a powerful video editor, cannot be laptop of the year.
Yes, there are still people out there who actually produce something on their computers and don't spend all their days watching youtube.

I've never actually seen a Transformer, but according to your review, it must be a very cool piece of hardware. Best tablet? Anytime! Laptop? Never!


December 25, 2011, 6:48 am

I agree with all previous commenters. I went to look today at the Transformer. I had one question: Can it integrate with MS Office. It's off my list.

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