Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook 002Although it doesn’t want to label its splendid new Series 9 notebooks as “Ultrabooks,” Samsung is happy to use the term for its Series 5 machines, which it has unveiled at CES in Las Vegas today.

The Series 5 notebooks come with 13- or 14-inch displays, with price tags starting at $899. Like the Series 9s, these babies both include Intel Core i5 processors and 4GB of RAM, but they come with traditional 500GB hard-disk drives as standard, not solid-state drives.

Each Series 5 notebook offers eight hours of battery life in between charges, in addition to integrated graphics and a 1366 x 768 resolution matte display. Though neither offers an SSD as standard, they do feature 16GB of express cache for faster boot times and snappier processes. If you choose to, you can have a 128GB SSD fitted into the 13-inch machine before Samsung sends it out, but it’ll bump the price up from $899 to $1,099.

You may be surprised to find that the 14-inch model also boasts an optical drive — making it one of the first certified Ultrabooks on the market that’s compatible with your CDs and DVDs — and a VGA output. There’s also plenty of other connectivity options: Both machines offer SD card slots (the 14-inch model has a larger reader), Ethernet, HDMI, one USB 3.0 socket, and two USB 2.0 sockets. That’s a lot more than you’ll get on most Ultrabooks.

Prices start at a rather pleasing $899 for the 13-inch machine, increasing to $949 for the 14-inch model. Both will be available starting January 30.

Will you be splashing out on a new Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook?