Samsung NP-900X3D Laptop Review
The original Series 9 that launched in 2011 was expensive, but it was one of the first ultra books created for Intel. Its strikingly slim and stylish design stood out from the crowd.
But slim line Ultra books are now commonplace and increasingly affordable, and the series 9 has not kept up with the competition. It has still sold with second-gen sandy Bridge processor; fourth-generation Haswell chips are coming in the Ativ Book replacement later this year.
The NP-900X3D measures 13.2mm thick when closed, and weights a mere 1.2 kg. , that makes it one of the lightest 13.3 in laptops we have seen, and you can easily pick it up with one hand and carry it around like a paper notepad. It is a shame, though that the smart, ebony finish of the original version has been replaced with the more generic silver grey casing.
The 13.3 in screen is bright and attractive, with a good viewing angle and a non-reflective matt finish.
It is not full-HD, but the 1600 * 900 pixel resolution works well on a screen of this size. The speakers are good, too – a little harsh on higher frequencies, but fie for listening to music videos on you tube.
The keyboard and trackpad are both large and comfortable to use, but the super-slim line design of Series 9 has led Samsung to use micro-HDMI and VGA ports. If you want to connect to an HDMI or VGA display you will need to pay for suitable adaptor.
There is also a proprietary Ethernet LAN port, with a RJ45 adaptor included in the box.
We were surprised by Samsung’s use of a relatively old Sandy Bridge processor, the Intel Core i-52537M. However, this has allowed the price to come down by some 200 pounds. And paired with 4GB of memory this processor is more than enough for browsing the web and running Microsoft Office apps.
Indeed, in our tests the Samsung Series 9 managed a respectable score of 3341 points.
In use the laptop feel smooth and responsive at all times and, thanks to its 128 GB SSD, can recover from windows 8 hibernation in mere five seconds.
You won’t find many 13.3 in laptops that weight just 1.2 kg, making this Samsung Series 9 difficult to beat in terms of portability. However, its 4-5 hour battery life is short for laptop that will spend a lot of its time away from the mains. We also think it is too expensive, given the two-year-old processor inside. For a series Samsung ultra portable, we had recommend holding out for the Ativ Book 9.