By Ardjuna Seghers
Reviewed: 8 Apr 2011
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A 13.3"Ultrabook 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 128GB SSD Win7 Pro
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A 13.3" (128 GB, Intel Core i5 2nd Gen., 1.6 GHz, 4G
Samsung Series 9 13.3" LED Ultrabook Intel i7 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Hard Drive
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Samsung Series 9 13.3" LED Ultrabook Intel i5 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Hard Drive
'Thanks to its Sandy Bridge processor paired with a fast 128GB SSD, the 900X3A trounces most laptops in the performance stakes.'But the graphs show the test results for the Samsung X360? Or am I just missing something?
@edge360:No, our bad, the top result was just wrongly labeled.Thanks for pointing that out - fixed.
What?? No 11 inch version for europe? Gutted
@fireflud - we know! I wonder if enough of us clump together whether Samsung would consider reversing that decision...? :D
Very disappointed we're not going to see the 11 inch version :/ I'm in the market for an ultraportable, and whilst i think the 13 inch version is compact enough, and certainly very light and slim, i'd probably be inclined to trade some performance for an even smaller form factor. And what's the deal with ordering this sort of thing from the US? I'd always assumed this is one of those things i could just do - ordering over seas isn't usually a problem - but everywhere i've looked for a samsung series 9 wont ship the product internationally. What gives?Great review by the way!
@Ardjuna: Ahh, now the laptop seems like a much more attractive proposition. Glad I could help.
@ Geoff: if they could bump the RAM to 4GB and SSD to 128GB on the 11inch version and make it available this side of the pond, I'll be the first in line :)
@simon jackson:To be honest, this decision baffles us too. Good luck getting it from across the Atlantic!Glad you like the review :)
Anyone looking to import from the US should take a look at http://www.bundlebox.com/With shipping and VAT it doesn't usually work out much cheaper than buying here, but its MASSIVELY handy.
I love the look of this as I'm a bit bored of Apple's brushed aluminum look. If I was in the market for a new notebook this would be it, however I'm happy enough with my Macbook for now.
Can a microSD card still be accessed from within Windows 7 with the flap closed flush?DOES the flap close flush with a card inserted?
I honestly cant believe why they are not able to offer IPS screen for the price that they are charging. Small things like this makes the overall package compelling.
Samsung UK site says this: "Adding to the outstanding performance is the Intel® Coreâ„¢ i7 / i5 Processor" - does anybody know when the core i7 version will be available?Not that the core i5 are available yet either.Any specs for the 11inch version, by any chance?
@ThaDon:An excellent question. Normally, the flap can't close once a microSD card is inserted, but if you push it in (as you usually would to eject it using the spring mechanism) you can close the flap and the card can still be read from - just take care when opening the flap again as the card will be loose.@Caleb: Don't forget that Apple doesn't either, and to be honest the 900X3A's TN screen is so good it's almost not an issue. @munky:For now, Samsung will only be selling the configuration as reviewed.And there are no European specs for the 11in as it won't be coming out here.
Ardjuna, don't you think it's worth mentioning there's no DVD drive, or is it assumed that this standard on all 'slim' laptops nowadays.
Also 128 GB SSD (effectivley 98GB) is a quite stingy, especially as there's not much indication on the net of how to get this bumped upto 256 GB - same goes for the 4 GB to 8GB upgrade.
Are Samsung just holding back, trying to drip feed us the good stuff or is there more to it?
Hmmm these reviews may be missing something? I've heard that WIFI on these thin samsungs is an issue. they don't have the powerful antennae (normally embedded behind the display) so they have a hard time sniffing out and latching on to quality signal.
Anybody hear/experience anything related to this?
I was given one of these bad boys and I've put it to good use. The legitimate downsides are that it had moody wi-fi, not as durable as they would like (one of the curved panels on right side bent back (and i treat it like a princess)), and the power port on mine is broken. I need to wiggle it to get it to work. This kinda sucks, but other that it being kinda frail, I've never seen a machine start up as fast as this one, nor have I seen one that is legitimately cool. people see macbooks all the time and people see a mackbook air and they thing 'that dud's got money... showoff.." while this laptop people just say, "Woah that is sexy! Look at those sweet curves!" runs games fine (to an extent) and overall good computer!(need to disassemble it to fix power port though)
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