At Computex Taipei, Samsung boasted of its new Series 5 Convertible. This ultrabook has the ability to fold back as much as 180 degrees, effectively changing itself into a tablet. The device is similar to a Lenovo product called the IdeaPad Yoga Convertible which also flips easily from tablet to notebook mode.
Inside, the Samsung Series 5 Convertible has a low-power 1.7 GHz Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor. It has a 500 GB hard disk drive alongside a 24 GB solid state disk cache and 4GB of RAM. Outside, it sports a sleek and slim brushed aluminum lid that is nonetheless packed with the standard input and output ports. Among these are an Ethernet port, HDMI out, SD card reader, and three USB ports.
Its display is fairly responsive, and measures 14 inches with resolution of 1366 x 768. A downside is that it has a very glossy display and not enough brightness even when set at maximum, which makes it somewhat difficult to read under regular lighting conditions. On the other hand, this dim display does save energy and extends the battery life of the Ultrabook. Still, it would have been better to simply have an energy-saving option and a better brightness level, such as what is found on the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, which has a brighter screen.
The keyboard has an island style, like what is found on other Samsung ultrabooks. It is easy to work on this keyboard since the spacing between the keys is adequate. Like in the IdeaPad Yoga Convertible, however, one can see the keyboard slightly when the device is converted into a tablet, which slightly diminishes points off device. At the very least, a device that claims to be convertible should show little to no hint of the keyboard when in tablet mode.
The device boots in as little as 9 seconds, and performs tasks at a fast speed on Windows’ Metro UI. Still, the Series 5 Convertible at Computex was only a prototype, and might still change before it hits the market later this 2012. Let us hope that it keeps its good features and improves on the others.