Getting back to the SD card slot, something we liked was that the slot is protected from the elements by a spring latch that pushes out of sight once the card is inserted.
We also couldn’t help but heading to the supply room to check out the backlit keyboard which was definitely a step up on the former Toshiba Z830 that had keys without any backlight whatsoever.
SAMSUNG SERIES 9 INTERIOR
Removal of ten screws was necessary to separate the base plate from the bottom of the Series 9 chassis. Inside, the SanDisk U100 128GB SSD was a bit unexpected as was the fan. Prior to the release of Ivy Bridge, many believed that fans would become obsolete as a result of Intel’s new ultra low voltage CPU’s.
The fact that Samsung has gone to the SanDisk U100 SSD, rather than their own PM830 mSATA,which earned Editors Choice in our detailed review, has confused many. Not only is the performance of the Samsung PM830 one of the best but also, we had the opportunity to take a detailed look at the U100 in a prior report on the ASUS Zenbook. The U100 is seconded only by the Toshiba 128GB SSD that came with our Z830 Ultrabook as displaying the worst performance that we have ever seen in a mSATA SSD. Samsung’s choice to utilize the SanDisk U100 will perplex me for some time I am sure.
This also mandated a SSD switch and it took no time to migrate our OS and install the MyDigitalSSD SMART Series 256GB SATA 3 SSD (aka ADATA XPG SX300) as seen here. Our recent review resulted in this SSD being confirmed as the highest capacity and highest performing SSD on the market by a stretch.