Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D-A01US 13.3-Inch Premium Ultrabook Review

Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D-A01US 13.3-Inch Premium Ultrabook

The Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D-A01US 13.3-Inch Premium Ultrabook is all about portable computing power in a stylish, polished aluminium unibody case.

Aimed squarely at professionals on the go, its second generation 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2537M ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor should cope easily with the demands of business productivity software.

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Indeed, as if to prove the point, this machine comes bundled with the 64-bit edition of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office Starter 2010. Although lacking some elements of the full MS Office suite, the Starter edition may still be a welcome addition for users who do not need all the features that the full suite has to offer.

The fact that it ships with 4GB of RAM installed, a 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and the slightly older (though definitely not yet decrepit) Intel HD Graphics 3000 again clearly picks out this machine’s intended role as a productivity and entertainment tool for mobile professionals and power users.

4GB of RAM, while less than is to be found in higher-end products (particularly gaming laptops), is more than adequate for these purposes. The 128GB SSD, although small in comparison to modern hard drives, is much, much faster and is still easily large enough to store an awful lot of Office documents, together with a small selection of movies for watching after hours, and still have plenty of space free. Similarly, the HD Graphics 3000 hardware will struggle to do justice to today’s most demanding games, but is more than capable of meeting the needs of productivity software.

Connectivity is all-important for the mobile professional, and the Series 9 NP900X3D-A01US offers all of the usual features, plus some less mundane possibilities. Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi are, of course, to be expected, as is a standard ethernet port (provided in this case by an adapter dongle).

Pros :

  • Small, Powerful, Stylish, Portable Workhorse
  • Fast bootup time
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming
  • SSD could be bigger

Intel Wireless Display (WiDi), however, is a little less common, and requires an optional adapter to be fitted to your TV before you can  wirelessly send video from your laptop to the big screen of your TV. Fortunately, you can also connect to an HDTV via the built-in Micro HDMI port.

Along with the standard microphone and headphone jacks, there is also a VGA output (via an optional dongle),  a multi-format memory card reader, one high speed USB 3.0 port and one legacy USB 2.0 port. It is worth noting that, like most ultrabooks, the Series 9 NP900X3D-A01US doesn’t have an internal optical drive – if you think you might need a CD / DVD drive, you’ll need to purchase an external unit and connect it via one of the USB ports.

It does, however, offer a built-in 1.3-megapixel HD webcam, making it video-chat ready right out of the box – no need to set up any extra hardware, just sign in to your chat software and start chatting!

All of these features are packed into a machine that measures 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.50 inches (WxDxH), features a 13.3-inch SuperBright Plus display with 1600 x 900 resolution for native HD+ viewing, and weighs just 2.55 pounds, including a 6-cell, 3610 mAh battery capable of powering the laptop for up to 9 hours.

In summary, this small, highly portable yet reasonably powerful ulrabook is ideal for the mobile professional. Its SSD is not particularly large, but it is fast, reportedly cutting boot times by up to 60% and loading applications in a flash. It’s not great for demanding games, and you may need to buy an external optical drive, but as a capable, stylish workhorse, it has a lot to offer.

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