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Samsung Series 9 review

Simply super-looking. But power is sacrificed

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great looks
  • Featherweight
  • Excellent screen
  • Fast resume from sleep
  • SSD

Against

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Fiddly trackpad
  • Poor graphics
  • Pricey

Samsung Series 9 900X3B

The Samsung Series 9 900X3B is a fantastic-looking laptop that doesn't sacrifice usability like many ultra-portable laptops. Yes, there's a lack of power here, battery life is uninspiring and the price is colossal. Those things usually equate to a bad review, but the Series 9 commands a certain respect.

The engineering and vision that's gone into making something beautiful and unique goes beyond benchmark scores and gripes over price. We made excuses for the original Apple MacBook Air, which wasn't usable as a main machine.

We liked

The look and feel of the Samsung Series 9 900X3B is almost unrivalled. But aside form the design, we loved the speed and responsiveness of the system, thanks to the SSD drive.

The speedy resume from sleep, and the ability to be in a fully functional version of Windows in just 10 seconds makes the Series 9 as usable as a tablet, but infinitely more versatile.

We disliked

While we got used to the trackpad, we still found it to be a hindrance rather than an enabler. The input features - namely the trackpad and keyboard - can't touch the MacBook Air for quality, and that's a big issue.

Windows isn't really that gesture-friendly either, while OS X Lion is, so the only time we really noticed the amount of gestures on offer was when we'd accidentally zoomed Internet Explorer to the size of a postage stamp.

While five hours of light us is acceptable on any laptop, we were slightly underwhelmed by its poor score in our lab test. It was outstripped by many existing Ultrabooks, and for a laptop with the emphasis on portability, we'd like to have seen more longevity.

Verdict

The Samsung Series 9 900X3B is one of the best looking Windows laptops we've ever seen, and one of the most covetable, too.

There are performance issues, arising from its waif-like size, but it's still more than capable of serving most people's needs, while offering head-turning style that few competitors can offer.

Indeed, for anyone who wants portable style, the only decision is this or the MacBook Air - but you won't be choosing this on price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product Family9
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-2467M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.31 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright Plus
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height16 mm
Width328 mm
Depth227 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series9
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNP900X3A
Product NameNP900X3A Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP900X3A-B03UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • NP900X3A Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year