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.
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
Conclusion: Samsung's Series 9 15" laptop 900X4C-A04DE sports updated components and appeals to those who are able to drop a significant amount of change. Compared to the predecessor 900X4B , the price is a bit lower at 1.500 Euro (compared to 1.700 Euro) - but some features have been cut. Instead of a Core i7 CPU the laptop now has i5 and the 256 GB SSD has been replaced by a slower 1 28 GB SSD .
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
Conclusion: The Samsung 900X4B-A01DE is the latest member of the premium Series 9 family of ultrabooks and seeks to not only continue the previous generation’s excellence but also reach out to a larger customer base seeking lightweight mobile devices with a 15 inch display. The 900X4B features a revised aluminum unibody chassis that leaves an excellent impression on all points. The included hardware is both familiar and pleasing.
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
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