Conclusion: But if you want a desktop replacement that's easy to pick up for travel, and that offers a terrific typing, video viewing, and music listening experience to boot, the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition is a splendid choice. It boasts everything we look for in a premium laptop, and then some.
Pros: Elegant aluminum design, Excellent keyboard and touch pad, Loud and clear audio, Vivid 1080p display, Long battery life
Cons: Only 128GB of storage, Middling benchmark performance
Summary: It's hugely expensive, so it's obviously not going to appeal to everyone. But if you've been lusting after a Windows alternative to the MacBook Air, the series 9 has both the lust factor and performance to warrant the high asking price.
Cons: You may have to take the kids out of private school to afford it.
Excerpt: Samsung's Series 9 is definitely one of the best-looking Ultrabooks. It's extremely sleek and comes equipped with an excellent 13.3-inch matte PLS display with a resolution of 1600x900. The chassis is made in aluminium which makes the Series 9 both light and sturdy. Today we are taking a closer look at the NP900X3C / NP900X3E model.
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D Windows 8 ultrabook review
19 December 2012
Summary: A year ago most ultrabooks sold for around $1000 and up. Today you can find models priced as low as $600 or as high as $1500. The Samsung Series 9 sits somewhere in the middle — and the model I purchased offers pretty strong performance for the price.
It doesn’t provide a no-compromise experience. The battery isn’t replaceable. The RAM and storage aren’t upgradeable. You need dongles to connect an external monitor or Ethernet cable. There’s no touchscreen.
Summary: The Samsung Series 9 is one of the most amazing laptops that we have tested recently. It has everything to be called an ultrabook, yet it has been branded as a notebook by Samsung. Nevertheless, the blazing performance, the ultra slim form factor and the exquisite build quality are truly awesome. It costs a lot of money, but then again, this is the best option for a Windows ultrabook which actually competes with and beats the MacBook Air, overall.
Pros: Unbelievably well built, Stunning form factor, Slimness defies all common logic, Very good system performance, Excellent battery life, Crisp & bright display
Cons: Costs a hell lot of money, Heats up quite a bit
Review Update Samsung Series 9 900X3C-A04DE Subnotebook
13 October 2012
Summary: Facelift. Under the name 900X3C-A04DE Samsung offers the well-known 13.3-inch Premium Subnotebook with fresh hardware from Intel. In addition to the matte display with a resolution of 1600x900 pixels, an Intel Core i7-3517U dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD will be offered. Prices start from around 1500 Euros (~$1940).
Pros: Design, workmanship and balance, High quality unibody case, New communications options, Maintenance without much effort, Good input devices and illumination, Impressive PLS-Display, Matte screen surface, Good application performance, Very good battery life, The slim case in 'Mineral Ash Black', the matte PLS display (1600 x 900 Pixel) and the system performance. The fast mSATA SSD (SATA III) contributes its fair share aswell.
Cons: Limited expandability, Straightforward interface equipment, Card reader is hard to reach, No VGA or HDMI adapter included, Emissions while under stress, A second USB 3.0 port and the possibility to upgrade the RAM. An integrated WWAN module in this clase would be an excellent selling point.