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.
Samsung Notebook Series 9 NP900X4C Ultrabook Review
3 October 2012
Excerpt: You’ve gotta hand it to Samsung the vendor’s taking the Apple chase seriously. Of all the competitors in the consumer technology race we think Samsung is the one that most consistently nips at Apple’s heels and sometimes gets ahead. Bearing in mind that our current Intel notebook of choice comes from ASUS — the excellent UX31A — this is another strong showing from Samsung.
Pros: Great built quality good performance upgradable storage and RAM.
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...
Summary: Longer battery life - courtesy of Ivy Bridge. Samsung's Series 9 top-of-the-line model delights us again with its unibody construction and perfectly executed input devices. The new processor allows for longer run times on battery. The HD+ display remains unchanged.
Pros: sleek aluminum unibody, construction, look and feel, up-to-date port selection, connections via adapter, input devices are a pleasure to use, non-glare display with HD+, high TFT brightness, good multi-media performance, reliable Turbo Boost 2.0, emissions during idle, long battery runtime, keyboard backlighting, Extended battery life, an aluminum unibody chassis which is a pleasure to use. The speed of the components should ensure future-proofing for the next 2-3 years.
Cons: low contrast levels, narrow viewing angles, "slow" mSATA-SSD, high temperature levels under load, mediocre sound from speakers
Excerpt: The 2012 edition of Samsung’s well-regarded Series 9 laptop invites you to play a game of numbers. Here are the relevant digits: 15-inch screen. 15 millimeters thick. 3.7 pounds. The last figure is the showstopper. This isn’t just the lightest laptop in its size class, it’s lighter than every 14-inch laptop I’ve reviewed and even lighter than some 13.3-inch laptops I’ve seen, too. If ultrabooks had a 15-inch category, the Series 9 would be the leader of the pack.
Summary: Premium slim case. Amidst Samsung's Series 9 refresh, there is now a model featuring a matte 15 inch screen available. In return, the smallest member has not been updated. The South Korean manufacturer demands steep EUR 1999 (RRP) for speedy hardware in a slim case.
Pros: High-end aluminum unibody, Chassis' workmanship and feel, Up-to-date connectivity, Components' easy maintenance, Pleasant input devices, Screen's matte surface and HD+, Good multimedia performance, Samsung's fast mSATA SSD, Emissions in idle, Available battery life, The case's new design, the aluminum unibody's workmanship and the altogether good overall impression.
Cons: Slim scope of delivery, Keyboard light fairly weak, Weak screen measuring data, No Turbo Boost 2.0 on battery or stress test, Load noise and temperature, Poor stereo speakers, Above all, a higher quality screen whose measured data convinces across the board. The screen's matte surface and the resolution are a good start. Also, we miss the HDMI and VGA adapter in scope of delivery.