Samsung Series 9 NP900X3B
A new ultrabook’s family
Samsung is nowhere near its final creations. This South Korean manufacturer still has many tricks it needs to take out from under its sleeve. The company’s officially brand new product is dubbed Series 9 NP900X3B. But it’s not a TV or a smartphone or any other gadget you’ve first thought of. No, it’s their latest $1,399 13″ ultrabook. And it actually is an upgrade to the manufacturer’s 2011 NP900X3A. Because it is an update, its components have also been brought up to date to fit the year we’re living in. This next review will let you know what we made of this device via our tests.
The Samsung Series 9 NP900X3B is, from a design point of view, better looking than its NP900X3A counterpart from last year. In that it is less weighty and thick. So it manages to conform to today’s standards of weight and thickness very well. It’s, in fact, so thin that you will think you ordered the most anorexic ultrabook ever. To put things into more perspective: have a look at a CD case, then at this device. Yup, they have the same thickness. The screen is half of that. Nonetheless, you won’t be left with a frail product. Nu-uh. The NP900X3B is very robust, thanks to its aluminum alloy material. Color sported by the body is black with a touch of dark blue. The rigidity of the chassis is pronounced, but even so you can bend the screen. Hinges are at once firm and smooth. Matte is the choice of the paint finish, and you know what this fortunately means.
Good panel resolution
To break the dark blue and black color combo, Samsung have added some color details to keep you interested. They are shiny metal narrow strips surrounding the front, sides, the display’s edge and its touchpad. All of this elements make the ultrabook look good.
On the inside, the Series 9 NP900X3B has a metal base which sticks to the chassis with the help of ten screws. The latter offer rigidity to the whole ensemble. When we removed those screws in our tests, we were shown the ultrabook’s battery which had on either side a loudspeaker. And there are many other elements to discover for yourselves.
The display of this ultrabook has great resolution: 1,600 x 900 pixels. You will see no reflections from sources of light, which is a definite pro. Brightness is awesome. And, compared to standard LCD panels, this display’s viewing angles are so great.
1.6GHz i5-2467M Intel processor
Samsung’s newest ultrabook is rather poor in the connectivity area. We counted only one audio jack, one USB 2.0 port, one gigabit Ethernet port, an USB 3.0 port, one SD card slot, VGA and HDMI ports. Because there are so few options, you will encounter some cons. You will have to carry a USB extension lead, you will have to buy a special dongle and you will see that the space where the ports are located gets crammed.
We didn’t feel uncomfortable while typing our review on this device’s keyboard. Even if it wasn’t the best one in the existence of Samsung ultrabooks. And it was backlit. Groovy. The touchpad, though, was enormous. Speakers were good, delivering good sound.
The Intel 1.6GHz i5-2467M processor comes with TurboBoost. So the CPU’s already great speed becomes even better when you want to jump to a 2.3GHz value.
The Samsung Series 9 NP900X3B has many attributes to make it desirable. Design, performance, portability and screen are all points in its favor. But battery life – 5 hours – and few ports count as its major faults.