Reviews and Problems with Samsung ATIV Book 9 13.3" (NP900X3 - Series)
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28 March 2011
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
Conclusion: The Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D is an attractive 13-inch laptop that is easy to cast as Samsung’s alternative to the MacBook Air. However, it shouldn’t be dismissed as being all about style. Its combo of low weight, thin frame, a matt screen and SSD storage makes it incredibly portable and convenient. This helps to offset that it doesn’t offer a great amount of power for the price.
Pros: Very slim, very light, Attractive design, Versatile matt screen
Cons: CPU not hugely powerful, Low screen resolution
Summary: Its not often the weight on something is the first thing I mention, this notebook is 1155grams and is also extremely thin. But it still has a 13.3inch screen and good connectivity. The only thing missing is an optical drive.
Excerpt: There's something undeniably beautiful about Samsung's Series 9 (900X). It's not that it's just thin; I've reviewed many ultrabooks where the adjective has merited use, but whereas ultrabooks remain wide and tall, the 900X doesn't. Samsung has tried to make it small on all fronts and the effect is profound for two reasons. The obvious one is it is petite, donning the same width of an A4 page, albeit marginally taller.
Pros: Chiselled good looks; Incredibly functional form; World's lightest notebook;
Excerpt: The original Series 9 that launched back in 2011 was expensive, but it was one of the first Ultrabooks created for Intel and its strikingly slim and stylish design really stood out from the crowd; all Ultrabooks owe their existence and their style to the Apple MacBook Air, and here Samsung got as closer to the template than almost any other Windows brand with its Samsung Series 9. The correct name for this model is actually Samsung NP-900X3D .
Summary: Super-lightweight laptops fall into one of two types: the MacBook Air, and everything else. There are plenty of small-scale notebooks that come close to matching the Air for size or performance, but no one other than Apple has quite managed to build a notebook that’s thinner than a custard cream and can still just about be used as your primary computer without charging a silly price. Well, until Samsung’s 900X3A came along, that is.
Summary: Samsung's Series 9 is a gorgeously thin piece of equipment, which would be great for any traveller looking for something light, thin and portable. If the MacBook Air is out of the question due to OS X, this may be your next port of call — just be prepared to pay a bit more.
Pros: Impressively light, Backlit keyboard, Large touch pad, Good battery life, SSD is reasonably fast, Bundled software is unobtrusive
Cons: Multi-touch touch pad still dismays, Terrible speakers, Doesn't support 5GHz 802.11n, Gigabit Ethernet limited to USB 2.0 speeds, Micro HDMI to HDMI converter not included, microSD port isn't as useful as SD, Pricey