Samsung SENS X360: MacBook Air Killer?

Samsung X360 Specifications

Display: 13.3″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800
Webcam: 1.3MP
GPU: Intel X4500
CPU: Centrino 2 ULV
RAM: 1GB up to 4GB
Storage: 64GB or 128GB SSD, 120GB 5400RPM HDD
Connectivity: 7-in-1 Card Reader, USB (3), ExpressCard/34, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Battery: 6-10 hours
Dimensions: Thickness 0.66″-1.2″
Weight: 2.8lbs

Samsung X360: MacBook Air Killer?

Let’s just get the answer out of the way: Not really. Apple‘s MacBook Air is the ultra-modern minimalist art piece. Samsung‘s X360 does have some nice design elements such as the brushed aluminum cover and piano black finish all around. But design wise, it is a bit of a complicated one with different materials and resulting textures. The 13.3″ TFT LCD sports a 1280 x 800 pixel format and is lit by a LED backlight. As you can see from the picture, everything is glossy and results in quite a bit of reflection. Of course, if you’re sitting right in front of it, reflections are minimized.

Samsung X360: MacBook Air Killer?

The keyboard design is ho-hum and not even as sexy as Sony‘s Z or FW series let alone the MacBook Air. From the pictures, the X360 looks like it was designed with the best of intentions but maybe there were too many intentions as it does not look quite in the realm of sexy. So in terms of design the X360 is no match for the MacBook Air. In terms of utility, which is a complete different story, almost any other 13.3″-class notebook PC will be better than the MacBook Air.

Samsung X360: MacBook Air Killer?

There is an abundance of ports for the X360 including HDMI out, in addition to VGA. The X360 beats out the Air in storage category with the option of a bigger 128GB SSD or a faster and larger 5400RPM 120GB HD. Like the Air, there is no integrated optical drive, but there is a docking port where I would assume an optical drive is present. An Ethernet port is right there for you to connect to the Net if there are no WiFi hotspots around and you’re not toting a 3G card. The X360 will keep you running at full speed for up to 10 hours, even more if you carry an extra battery, an option that isn’t on the Air.

Samsung’s X360 is a decently designed 13.3″ notebook PC but does not come close to meeting the sexiness of the MacBook Air. In terms of utility, the X360 can run circles around the Air. If you live in the US, don’t hold your breath since Samsung doesn’t export its notebook PCs to the US. I wish they did.

Source: engadget (1, 2)

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