Summary: Design wise, Samsung have done well by their 9-Series Ultrabook; the system is wrapped in dark cobalt blue aluminum chassis that adopts many of the design elements of an Apple Macbook Air, yet posses the large screen size of a MacBook Pro (albeit with better hardware) and a sticker prices that won't cause heart failure.
Review of the 15-inch Samsung Series 9: 15 inches and only 1.58 kg
22 October 2012
Excerpt: One of the best Ultrabooks currently available is without a doubt the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3C, a model that now has bigger sibling in the form of the Series 9 NP900X4D. The new series 9 has a larger screen of 15 inches but has kept all of the advantages of the smaller model, including the sleek design and low weight.
Summary: Although we're disappointed with Samsung's decision to downgrade the 15-inch Series 9's SSD, the $1,399 NP900X4C boasts improved audio and retains the series' svelte design, beautiful 1600 x 900 display, fast boot time and long battery life, all for $100 less than the original. If you don't want to forgo discrete graphics, the Dell XPS 15 ($1,599) delivers excellent performance, solid frame rates and a breathtaking 1920 x 1080p screen, all wrapped up in an attractive...
Pros: Very thin and light, Bright crisp 1600 x 900 display, Good audio, Quick boot time, Long battery life
Cons: Shallow key travel, Very slow SSD transfer speeds
Summary: More than anything, the 15-inch Series 9 makes us giddy about what laptops will look like a year from now. After all, if the original Series 9 foretold a market full of skinny Ultrabooks, might this machine be a harbinger for other larger-screened Ultrabooks with fast performance and extra long battery life? As the only such laptop around right now , the Series 9 is impressive in its own right, though not quite the magic bullet we thought it would be.
Pros: Remarkably thin and light for its size, Long battery life, fast performance, Bright, matte display
Cons: Shallow keyboard, so-so trackpad, Narrow viewing angles, Unimpressive audio for the money
Conclusion: At a little over £900, the NP900X4C is still relatively expensive for an Ultrabook, when for example HP's Folio 13 can be had for a bit more than £700. But it's also slightly cheaper than the NP900X3B when we reviewed it. So although the looks of this bigger brother aren't quite so stunning, it wins out on performance and features - particularly where battery life is concerned - making this a very viable option if a 13in Ultrabook screen is just that little bit too...
Pros: Great battery life, Reasonable performance, 8GB memory, Excellent 15in 1,600 x 900 screen
Cons: A bit pricey, Not as stunning as its 13in stablemate
Conclusion: For the cash, we'd rather have a MacBook Air, as its finish and compact size make it more companionable. Then again, if you find 13in screens eye-straining, the Samsung 900X4C is a viable option.
Conclusion: In many ways, the Series 9 is an improvement over its predecessor, which was already a superb notebook in its own right. Even though its keyboard wasn’t quite as good as the previous generation’s, this is balanced by the superlative screen, the extra display real estate which is crammed into a still portable body, and generally, very impressive performance. All these factors made the Samsung Series 9 an ultrabook we will not quickly forget. It has an RRP of R15000.
Pros: Beautiful screen, Expansive 15” screen size, Still portable and light
Conclusion: All in all, the Samsung NP900X4C-Ao1IN laptop comes with all the features and functionalities to fulfill all your computing requirements. But if you are looking for an affordable yet feature rich device, this is of course not for you!