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Samsung Series 9 Notebook vs. MacBook Air: Which Is Svelter?

First Posted: 03/17/11 10:14 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Does Samsung's new notebook make Apple's super-skinny MacBook Air look clunky?

The Samsung Series 9 Notebook, which goes on sale Thursday, is giving the MacBook Air a run for its money.

It's lighter, thinner, and svelter than Apple's own wispy model: the Samsung Series 9 weighs 2.89 lbs., has a 13.3-inch screen, and is .64 inches thin. The 13-inch MacBook Air, by comparison, weighs 2.9 lbs. and is .68 inches high at its widest point (a svelter 11-inch version is also available).

Though Samsung's laptop might be thinner than Apple's, it has a heftier pricetag. The Samsung notebook runs $1,649, whereas Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,299. A 13-inch MacBook Pro is even a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Series 9.

But what about what's inside? CNET writes the Samsung Series 9 Notebook's specs are "impressive": "Windows 7 Home Premium, second-generation Intel Core i5-2537M CPU, 128GB SSD, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 1,366x768-pixel resolution display, and a weight of 2.89 pounds. The $1,599 13-inch MacBook Air has double the SSD storage, a higher-resolution display, and a nearly identical weight, but half the RAM and an older CPU."

See the slideshow below to check out the two computers side by side. Which do you prefer and why?

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