Concurrent to all of this happening, I had mentioned to a good friend David Leong, Marketing Director at Kingston Technology, that I had purchased the Series 9 and he wondered if he could impose upon me for a bit of a favor. He went on to question whether their new HyperX PNP DDR3-1866 RAM would work in the Series 9 and what kind of a performance increase we might see. I had to shake my head for a minute and think. Are you crazy David? Of course I would throw in 8GB of the fastest notebook RAM available and send it immediately!
Installation was no more than shutting the system down, switching off the single Samsung chip for the two Kingston chips and rebooting. I have yet to have a chance to run any other tests due to my wifi frustrations but WEI jumped from 4.6 to 7.3 in memory Performance. The specific model of the HyperX RAM used can be found here.
THE JURY IS OUT
Getting back to where we started which was a bit of a comparison between the MacAir and the Samsung, we find that the Samsung Series 9 is selling for about $300 more than the Mac Air. The question then becomes one of whether the upgrades are worth the money.
With respect to performance, I believe that the i5-2537 is a huge jump right off along with 4GB RAM and I understand that the MacAir may have better resolution but the brightness (400nit) and viewing angles of the Samsung Series 9 are undeniable. It then comes down to a simple question of whether I might pay the extra for the other benefits to include matte screen, backlit keyboard, longer battery life, more appealing and more durable exterior, and, well, it has a smaller footprint (.06″) now doesn’t it?
I truly expected to be taking this along and proudly using it amongst the sea of Macs in the press rooms of Computex in Taipei in a few weeks. I am itching to get a detailed review out on the 128GB ssd and the newer soon to be released 256GB version. This laptop truly is exactly what I have been in search of for years and, well, its not hard to fall head over heals for the design.
The question for me is whether I will be able to hook in to the wireless when giving lectures, when compiling articles at CES, Computex and the many hours I spend in airports playing on the laptop. The wifi is an undeniable issue and unless Samsung can find a solution, well, this will go back for a refund. I may get weak and try my third. Who knows? It truly is a love affair with the wifi being the heartbreak.
I have contacted Samsung and am waiting for return and promise to update this article with any news of the positive. It would be a wonderful thing showing up in Taipei with the Samsung Series 9 by my side. For now though, back she will go… lets try #3 if I can find one.