Reviews and Problems with Samsung ATIV Book 9 13.3" / NP900X3 - Series
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Review Update Samsung Series 9 900X3C-A04DE Subnotebook
28 February 2012
Excerpt: 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). With the 900X3C-A04DE Samsung is offering their third generation of premium subnotebooks.
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.
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: In some parts of its specification, the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D-A01 is looking slightly dated, in particular the processor and its integrated graphics. The limited port allocation might be a drawback for some, too. But the main selling point, the excellent physical design, remains. This is still one of the most desirable Ultrabook chassis on the market, and it's just as attractive in brushed metal form, with great usability and an excellent screen.
Pros: Beautifully slim and light, Great 13.3in 1,600 x 900 screen, Comfortable keyboard and trackpad, Decent battery life
Conclusion: Unfortunately, you do have to pay a premium for the Samsung Series 9 900X3B's superb design. At the time of writing, the cheapest price we found was £950, and most vendors were more expensive. As brilliant as the Samsung Series 9 900X3B is, its use of Intel's previous generation components is a slight dampener, too. But there is a 900X3C model arriving soon, with the same Intel Core i7 3517U as the Asus Zenbook Prime UX32A on board.
Pros: Stylish ultra-thin metal chassis, Excellent battery life, Reasonable performance for an ultrabook, Great screen
Cons: Previous-gen Intel HD 3000 graphics, 128GB SSD is on the small side
Samsung Notebook Series 9 review: A 13.3in ultraportable that you'll fall in love with
Good Gear Guide.au
6 March 2012
Summary: The Samsung Series 9 has strong build quality, a sleek design and many great features that make it comfortable to use. It's high price tag definitely makes it a luxury item, but if you want excellent mobility and usability in the same package, it's hard to beat.
Pros: Excellent built quality and design, Fast SSD, Excellent screen
Cons: Wi-Fi adapter is not dual-band, Ambient light sensor is sometimes erratic, HDMI adapter isn't supplied
Excerpt: Before you get your hands on the Samsung Series 9 you know it’s going to be thin and light, but it’s only when you lift it out of the box you realise just how thin and how light it really is and how sleek it feels.
Pros: Beautiful, practical and powerful enough to be worth the investment, screen and battery life superb, great backlit keyboard
Cons: Pricey, touch pad is finicky, replaceable battery would have been nice
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.
Pros: Gorgeous design, Smooth performance, Long battery life, Ace screen and keyboard
Cons: You may have to take the kids out of private school to afford it