Reviews and Problems with Samsung NP900X3 - series 13.3"
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Samsung Series 9 13.3-inch Ultrabook review
21 March 2013
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.
Conclusion: As far as Ultrabooks go, the Samsung Series 9 has got to be right up there near the top of the heap, as it looks good, feels solid and most importantly, has a very impressive high-resolution screen. Too many notebooks these days skimp on the quality of the display, which is really a sad thing, since the display is possibly the most important component of a notebook, especially when you consider that we are using notebooks more and more for photo and video editing.
Pros: Solid build quality; display has excellent viewing angles.
The Series 9 is Samsung's ultraportable model, with a slimline profile and sleek design.
14 May 2012
Conclusion: We still can't get over how good looking the Samsung Series 9 is. And with a travel weight (laptop and charger) of 52.7 ounces, it's extremely portable. That said, its performance was very average. It never ranked at the bottom of our lists, save for the gaming tests, but it also never wowed us. Yet the Samsung Series 9's most detracting feature is its price.
Review Update Samsung Series 9 900X3C-A04DE Subnotebook
6 March 2012
Conclusion: The Samsung Series 9 900X3C-A04DE packed with fresh hardware has left a good impression here. We were pleased by the case, the matte PLS display with a resolution of 1600x900 pixels is just about perfect, the input devices are well designed and you can see the running times for yourself.
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.
The Samsung Series 9 900X3A-A01CA Laptop Review – This May Be a Work of Art… Almost
17 May 2011
Excerpt: My obsession first appeared in the CES Press Lobby last January as I wrote a story on my PC laptop. I’de glance over the screen to catch a glimpse of a Mac loyalist staring me down with this unmistakable grin as it seemed I was the only press member not in possession of a Mac of some sort. That same day I got my first look at the Samsung Series 9 laptop and realized things would soon be different. It was stunning.
Conclusion: Samsung's 13.3 inch 900X3A supplies state of the art technology and the best mobility qualities to an equal amount for 1600 euros. An economic ultra low voltage core with incorporated Intel HD Graphics 3000 is onboard with the Sandy Bridge processor , Core i5-2537M. Together with the swift 128 GB SSD from Samsung, a system performance is created that outshines many gaming notebooks without an SSD (only in PCMark Vantage, not in 3D performance).
Pros: Very stable in relation to its low weight, Long battery life, High application performance, Fast SSD memory, Perfectly suitable outdoor display, Good contrast, Wide horizontal viewing angles, Feedback strong keys, Illuminated keyboard, Large Apple-style mouse pad, Concealed interfaces, Once again, the accurate deployment of an SSD shows what potential can be drawn out of a mediocre system with ULV CPU.
Cons: No VGA, HDMI only with adapter, No docking port, Long battery recharge time
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