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...
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
Samsung’s New Series 9 Notebook Is the Best of the Big Boys
25 June 2012
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.
Pros: Amazingly portable and powerful, with a screen to die for. Surprisingly sturdy, tough design. “Silent mode” kills fans.
Cons: Keyboard backlighting too dim to be useful, even at highest brightness setting. Thin profile means very shallow key travel.
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.