Over at Amazon, one of the best Ultrabooks we've seen yet is at a significant discount. Samsung's 2012 Series 9 is down to $700. For perspective, its MSRP was $1000 at launch and street price elsewhere is about $900. But formidable as the discount is, what makes this deal a real value is that this is a extremely nice laptop in terms of both build quality and specs. This is a new Samsung Series 9, launched with the same body and screen as Samsung's standard bearing Series 9, but with a less expensive, older processor.
About that body and screen—Kyle Wagner was practically gushing when he reviewed the Series 9 back in July. He even—gasp!—called Samsung "cool." Some choice quotes:
Let's see, how's the build quality?
And build quality-wise, the Series 9 is shockingly solid. Everyone who touches the thing comments about how light and sturdy it feels.
But the trackpad's gotta suck, right? Isn't that always the catch with a Ultrabook?
[The Best Part:] The trackpad. Scrolling, clicking, zooming-it smoothly does what it's supposed to do. That's rare on a Windows machine, and especially on an ultrabook.
What about the screen?
The 1600x900 display is impressively bright-moreso than the MacBook Air and its 1440x900 display. And it's matte! (Swoon.)
Sure, this Ultrabook has specs (Intel Sandy Bridge processor, 128GB SSD, 1600x900 matte screeen, Windows 8) but what sets this laptop apart is that it's a well-made object, for putting into bags and cars, for browsing on airplanes and trains, for actual people to use and abuse daily.
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• Logitech Wireless Touchpad Windows 7 Only ($25) | Logitech via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $50 | Use coupon code logi_wtp_1313
• 500GB WD Elements Portable HD ($40) | Tiger Direct via Storageaholic | Originally $70 | Stupid, stupid MIR
• Steelseries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry Red MX switches ($77) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $90
• 2TB Seagate Barracuda Bare HD ($90) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $110
I don't always make impulse purchases, but when I do, it's these adorable Mario figurines for less than $1 per. [Amazon]
• Tacky or Awesome? Elvis Chess Set ($15) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $30
• Camo Duffle Bag ($20) | Ebay via Reddit | Originally $40?
• Oakley O-Frame MX Ski Goggles ($25) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $40
• Lego Star Wars X-Wing ($48.29) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $60
Very little worthwhile.
• Elder Scrolls 1 + 2 PC Download ($0) | Bethesda via Reddit | Originally $5
• Sine Mora ($2) | Green Man Gaming via Reddit | Originally $10 | Use coupon code GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK
• Fallout: New Vegas ($4.74) | Gamers Gate via Dealzon | Originally $20 | Use the hilarious coupon code IAMANELDERGEEK for a whopping 20 cents off
• Bioshock Franchise Pack ($10) | Steam via Reddit | Originally $20
• Capcom Digital Collection ($11.61) | Amazon via Gamingaholic | Originally $30
• Civilization V ($12.49) | Steam via Reddit | Originally $50
• Catherine for Xbox ($20) | Amazon via Gamingaholic | Originally $60
• Sleeping Dogs PC Download ($20) | Gametap via Reddit | Originally $30
• Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection ($30) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $50
• Mass Effect Trilogy ($30) | Gamers Gate via Reddit | Originally $50
• 20% Off Green Man Gaming | Green Man Gaming | Use coupon code GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK
• Sega Game Collection Sale | Get Games via Reddit
• A documentary about Metropolis, and a 1984 version on Blu-ray ($8.45) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $20
• Gladiator on Blu-ray ($13.49) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $20
• X-Men Trilogy on Blu-ray ($25) | Best Buy via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $50
Forget about it.
So we've decided to smash the SSD section and the spinning hard disk section into one grand compilation of storage media you've got to install yourself. Because really, even though they look and act differently, they've got more in common than they think.
• Kids vs. Zombies ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $2
• Crazy Hamster ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $1
• Percepto ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $1
• Reveal The Maze ($0) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $1
• MANOS - The Hands of Fate ($1) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $2
• AWESOME Land ($1) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $2
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