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Despite solid hardware, great battery life, and fast startup, we can't recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 until and unless Google improves the Chrome OS.
Intel Atom N570 / 1.66 GHz ( Dual-Core ), 2 GB, 16 GB, Google Chrome OS, 12.1 in TFT active matrix, 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ), Intel GMA 3150 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0, 3.3 lbsCNET editors' rating: stars
The $1,649 Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A certainly won't be for every wallet, but this light, well-featured, and striking 13-incher is the closest the Windows world will ever come to a MacBook Air. However, its higher-than-the-Air price will be hard to stomach.
2nd Gen Core i5, Intel i5-2537M / 1.4 GHz ( 2.3 GHz ) ( Dual-Core ), 4 GB, 128 GB, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, 13.3 in TFT active matrix, 1366 x 768 ( HD ), Intel HD Graphics 3000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology, None, 2.9 lbsstars
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Samsung's 11.6-inch ultraportable has been refreshed with more competitive pricing and Intel Sandy Bridge processors. The refresh presages a similar update from Apple for its MacBook Air, though it remains to be seen if Apple can match Samsung's more aggressive pricing.
The Samsung Series 9 laptop: sexy, yes. Expensive, heck yes. Starting at $1,199 for the 11-inch model, it's not for the faint of wallet. Yet, the very same Samsung surprised us at New York press event with a 12.1-inch laptop, part of the Series 3, that feels nearly as lightweight and, according to Samsung, will cost far less: about $749.
Tips & Tricks
Hard-drive crashes, spilled coffee, and thieves can obliterate the precious data on your laptop. Your best defense is to back it up. External hard drives, DVDs, CDs, or even "the cloud" are great ways to protect your data.