Reviews and Problems with Samsung ATIV Book 9 15" (NP900X4C / NP900X4D)
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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
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
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.
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.
Excerpt: DinSide Vi legger ikke skjul på at forventningene våre foran møtet med denne 15-tommers ultrabooken fra Samsung var skyhøye. Ikke så rart kanskje, med tanke på at 13,3 tommer-utgaven vi testet i sommer landet på en ubestridt sekser på terningen . Den er muligens den mest gjennomførte PC-en vi har testet noen gang. Like bra? På papiret ser det ikke ut til at 15-tommeren i 9-serien er noe dårligere.
Pros: Svært tynn, kompakt, tynn, lett, solid, svært stillegående, rask SSD, lyssterk og matt skjerm, svært god batteritid.
Cons: Tilkobling til ekstern skjerm og kablet nett krever overganger, noe trøblete pekeplate, skjermen er ikke fullt så god som på 13,3-tommeren, noe høy pris.