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.
Summary: By for the base Series 9 model, and thereby going toe to toe with Apple, Samsung is showing bold confidence in its product. For the most part, I'd say that confidence is warranted. The Series 9 looks great, feels slim and slick, and doesn't weigh much. The solid-state drive makes it fast and responsive, and the low-voltage Sandy Bridge processor more than holds its own—even catching up to last year's regular-voltage CPUs in certain tests.
Conclusion: Editors' Note: This review was updated March 30th, 2011. The change reflects an error in the initial specs, which said the notebook had WiDi (Wireless Display technology). In fact it does not, so we have changed the rating from 8.8 to 8.7 and adjusted the text to reflect that change.
Pros: Incredibly thin, light, Very good performance, Sturdy feel, Bright display, Long warranty
Cons: Pricey, Mediocre battery life, No optical drive, Limited port selection