IFA 2008: Samsung Launches MacBook Air Killer

Samsung shakes up the notebook market with its latest 13.3in beauty.

Amidst all the big, bold and brash AV kit that was announced today at IFA, Samsung unveiled its latest notebook, and a fine specimen it turned out to be. Samsung has built something of a reputation for producing well featured notebooks at very attractive prices, but this latest launch has moved the game on. The X360 looks like the most desirable notebook that Samsung has ever brought to market, both aesthetically and feature wise.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll be well aware of my opinion of the Apple MacBook Air – put simply Apple produced a 13.3in notebook with pretty much every feature stripped out. OK, so it has one USB port! Samsung has come up with an alternative to the Air, that’s not only feature packed by comparison, but also lighter, at a mere 1.27kg.

Samsung can’t be faulted on the design of the X360, it looks stunning in all its colour configurations. The aluminium lid with red to black gradation looks particularly good, although if you’re a bit more reserved, you can go for all black. Lift the lid and the stylish design continues with a piano black finish on the screen bezel and wrist rest, while the keyboard design is reminiscent of the classic Sony VAIO X505, which is no bad thing.

Despite having dimensions of only 311 x 228 x 16.7-31mm (WxDxH), the X360 is stacked full of connection options. You get three USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader that supports SD, MMC, xD and MemoryStick, HDMI and D-SUB video outputs, an ExpressCard slot and an Ethernet port (take note Apple). Even more impressive is the docking port, which makes the X360 a viable solution for corporate users who need to hook their notebook up quickly and easily at their desk each day.

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