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★★★★ Boot up this com­puter and a mes­sage will point out it’s the world’s thinnest 15-inch lap­top.

The lat­est Sam­sung Se­ries 9 com­puter is al­most un­fath­omably slen­der at 1.49cm. As a re­sult, this full-sized lap­top feels much more

travel-friendly and weighs less than 2kg. But it doesn’t scrimp on spec­i­fi­ca­tions and ar­rives with a 1.9GHz ver­sion of the lat­est In­tel Ivy Bridge chip, 8GB RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive. The new

lap­top makes Win­dows 7 look good, not only in the speed stakes but with help from a brighter than

usual screen (rated at 400 nits) that looks good from most an­gles and, like its ex­te­rior, is fin­ger­print­re­sis­tant. Its chi­clet key­board is well spaced and easy to use, and its multi-touch track­pad can also be pressed for se­lec­tions. This lap­top re­lies on an in­te­grated graph­ics pro­ces­sor, which might not suit heavy gamers, and uses an adap­tor for Eth­er­net con­nec­tions but it’s a win­ner in the speed and

style stakes.

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