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Cracking Open the Samsung Series 9 ultraportable notebook

Cracking Open the Samsung Series 9: Completely disassembled

Thanks to its standard Phillips screws, pop-off cover, internal layout, the Samsung Series 9 was a snap to disassemble. I also like that you can upgrade the machine's RAM. Something you can't do on the 2010 MacBook Air. Unfortunately, the Series 9 uses the Intel Core i5-2537M processor's integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 technology. For the price, I would have preferred the Series 9 to use a separate GPU, such as the MacBook Air's NVIDIA GeForce 320M.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

8 comments
Okami2013
Okami2013

"Yes you can change the SSD" Is that for the 9003X (13.3") or the 9004X (15") ?

ashildf
ashildf

Is it possible to change the 128 GB ssd to a 256 GB ssd (or even 512 GB, which Samsung has out now?) in the series 9? I am about to decide about a new laptop, with ssd disk, but I cannot go below 256 GB.

mailman2
mailman2

Could you disassemble stylus as well? cell phone lookup

mf001
mf001

..., Bill, under the cooling system?

erictep
erictep

The sdd is in the msata format but I am not sure if it is Sata II or Sata III.

nwallette
nwallette

Conducts heat between the chips and the heat pipe.

waukena
waukena

Without breaking the rest of it.