"This Best Selling Samsung Series 9 NP900X3C-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Ash Black) Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
Designed with mobility in mind, Samsung's durable, ultra premium, lightweight Series 9 laptop (model NP900X3C-A01US) offers mobile professionals and power users a sophisticated laptop equally suited for work and entertainment. Featuring a minimalist look that is both simple and sophisticated, its polished aluminum uni-body design offers an iconic look and feel that pushes the envelope with an edge just 0.5 inches thin. This Series 9 laptop also includes a brilliant 13.3-inch SuperBright Plus display with HD+ technology, 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD), 4 GB of system memory, and up to 9 hours of battery life.
The Series 9 laptop with 13.3-inch SuperBright Plus display (view larger).
At a Glance: 13.3-inch HD+ display
1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor
128 GB solid state drive
4 GB installed RAM
Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
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It's powered by a third-generation, low-voltage Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. With updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology, the latest Core i5 increases speed automatically for whatever you're doing. And you'll enjoy a rich set of new features for a stunning and seamless visual PC experience with no additional hardware.
This Series 9 laptop features one super-speed USB 3.0 port–the latest development in USB data transfer technology. Perfect for transferring and retrieving large files between your PC and an external hard drive or digital camera, USB 3.0 offers the speediest, most efficient way get what you need from external devices. (It also has a standard USB 2.0 port, plus USB 3.0 is backward compatible.)
It comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. You'll also experience new ways to deliver your best work with Office Starter 2010 (learn more below).
Note: This Samsung laptop does not include an integrated optical disc drive, but you can connect an optional CD/DVD drive via one of its USB ports.
A Display that's Twice as Bright
Form meets function in the Series 9 display screen. It's twice as bright as a standard screen, has an unmatched viewing angle at 170 degrees, and features SuperBright Plus display HD+ technology that transforms your viewing experience with 400-nit brightness so you see brilliant color and images even when viewing in direct sunlight. And with HD+, you can fit more of what you really want on your screen and do less scrolling.
Set Your Laptop to Stun
While striking to look at, the Series 9 laptop also sets a premium performance standard. With startup speeds and an extremely fast resume from sleep, you'll get even more done and it leaves every other PC in the airport lounge or conference room behind.
Twice as bright as standard notebook screens and with a 1600 x 900-pixel resolution (view larger).
Solid State Drive to Start Even Faster
The Series 9 features a 128 GB solid state drive (SSD) that offers plenty of storage. And, with no moving parts, your data is more secure. It boots up 60 percent faster than a hard disk drive (HDD) and you'll use less power with faster data access. Fast Start Technology saves your data and system configurations to your hard drive and PC memory, so in an instant you can power back on right where you left off.
Connectivity without Compromise
The power of networking is important, but with the new Series 9 it's all about connections. The Series 9 is equipped with a full line of ports for ultimate connectivity–even a full size, masterfully designed SD card slot. And to keep you plugged into what's next, it also features mini Ethernet, HDMI and VGA connectors that are ready and set to go with an adapter dongle.
Longer Battery Life and Life Span
The Series 9 delivers mobility and freedom with its power efficient performance and extensive battery life of up to 9 hours on this 13-inch model. Its advanced lithium-polymer battery and Samsung's innovation PowerPlus charging technology make the battery lifespan last up to three times longer than the typical notebook battery so you can keep going, without worrying how much battery life is left.
Your Favorite Content on the Big Screen
Stop crowding around a laptop screen and enjoy all of your personal and online content on your big screen by wirelessly connecting your laptop to your TV. With Intel Wireless Display (WiDi), you can sit back and experience your favorite videos, photos, movies, online TV shows, and more–all with great image clarity up to 1080p.
Simply connect an optional adapter for Intel Wireless Display (such as the Netgear Push2TV PTV2000 and Belkin ScreenCast adapters) to your TV, follow a few simple steps, and you're off and running. Set it up once, and sharing your screen is as easy as pushing a button.
13.3-inch SuperBright Plus display with 1600 x 900 resolution for native HD+ viewing (400-nit brightness; non-glare screen)
1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)
128 GB solid state drive (SSD)
4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1600 MHz; maximum capacity)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics solution for everyday computing with support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games.
1.3-megapixel HD webcam
Built-in stereo speakers with 3 watts of power (1.5W x 2) and SoundAlive enhancement
Up to 9 hours of battery life (6-cell battery; 3610 mAh)
Dimensions and Weight: 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.50 inches (WxDxH); 2.55 pounds
Wireless & Networking Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks (requires Wireless-N router to optimize speed and range). Intel Wireless Display functionality (requires adapter) Next-generation Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity provides faster throughput while minimizing on power requirements. Backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and cell phones. Ethernet connectivity (via included dongle)
Connectivity & Expansion 1 super-speed USB 3.0 port with up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 (and is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 peripherals). Also includes Sleep-n-Charge capabilities. 1 standard USB 2.0 ports Micro HDMI port for connecting to a compatible HDTV. VGA video output (via optional dongle) Multi-format memory card slot (compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC, and MMC media) Microphone and headphone jacks
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Full-sized keyboard (view larger).
What's in the Box
Series 9 laptop with 13.3-inch screen (model NP900X3C-A01US), AC adapter, rechargeable battery, operating instructions
Included Software Easy Display Manager (instantly view computer status with perfect visibility) Microsoft Office 2010 Starter (with limited functionality versions of Word and Excel Norton Internet Security 2011 (60-day Trial) Samsung Recovery Solution (backs up your laptop easily) Samsung Support Center (keeps your laptop running smoothly with the latest drivers)
1-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
Environmental Energy Star (5.2) EPEAT Gold
Pin web sites with Internet Explorer 9 (view larger).
Windows 7 Home Premium
The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC
Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.
Windows 7: Your PC Simplified Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows. Find virtually anything on your PC–from documents to songs to email–just by typing a word or two with Windows Search. Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker. Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.*
Get a Faster, Safer Web with a New PC and Internet Explorer 9 Helps protect against identity theft and malicious software with SmartScreen Filter. Movies, TV, and videos look better and run more smoothly.
Create, Connect, and Share with Windows Live
Windows 7 and Windows Live bring it all together for free. Get the free set of programs that make it simple to create and share amazing photos and movies, organize mail, and stay connected with your closest friends. Get free online storage with Windows Live SkyDrive. Sync files on your PCs automatically with Windows Live Mesh. Share photos during video chats with Windows Live Messenger.** Easily edit photos. Combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.
You can download Windows Live for FREE at download.live.com.
Create, connect, and share (see larger image).
Complete Your PC Experience with Microsoft Office 2010 Includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel with advertising. (Note that PowerPoint or Outlook are not included.) Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new PC.
* Additional hardware may be required. Not available in all countries. (See windows.microsoft.com/products/windows-7/system-requirements/ for more information.)
** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.
Problems with the first laptop:
1) Screen had extreme back-light bleed through on the edges, especially the top right corner. Before asking for an exchange I went to a local store to see how the screen looked and it didn’t exhibit the back-light bleed problem.
2) Laptop got very hot so I opened it up to see what was happening. The right fan vent was completely blocked by a plastic tab when the fan was installed so even though it was running, it wasn’t bringing cold air into the machine.
3) While opening the laptop to inspect fan, I noticed that the battery was missing all of it’s screws to hold it securely in place. It wasn’t even assembled correctly.
Problem with second laptop:
1) Screen bleed problem was resolved, but not there it had a very obvious dead/stuck pixel on the screen. I expect the screen to not have bad pixels when paying for a $1300 laptop.
Problems with third laptop:
1) Screen is perfect, no back-light bleed or bad pixels.
2) Track pad is horrible, very loose and makes clicking noises when just swiping finger across it, not even pressing it for the left/right “click”.
3) Right fan has a much more audible clicking noise than the previous 900x3c’s I returned.
4) Question mark key on keyboard has paint missing/scratched so backlight shines through in a slit on the edge of it.
5) After a few days, computer would no longer boot, called Samsung and it turns out to be a hardware, not ssd problem so they recommended another replacement.
That was the last replacement Amazon would allow me to get, now I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I would really love this laptop if the quality control issues were resolved. I feel like I could assemble the good qualities of 3 laptops myself to get 1 good one that’s up to par.
—— Update ——
I received my new 900x3c and it has none of the issues the previous three had. Maybe I was extremely unlucky with the previous ones or there was a bad batch? Now that I have one that is working to specs here’s my review.
The laptop is extremely thin and looks very sharp. I’ve used it in a few public settings and get a lot of compliments and small talk about it from random people that want to hold and feel it. I believe the design is better than the macbook air and very solid with no creeks as I hold it or move the screen.
The screen has great viewing angles from above and from the sides, has very rich color, and can be turned up very bright. I have no dead pixels and the screen backlight is very uniform and the resolution is great.
Keyboard and Trackpad:
The keys are slightly on the stiff side, with expected limited travel, but not a deal breaker and still great to type on. The backlight is a nice shade of blue/green and the brightness can be adjusted.
The trackpad is nice and large, supports multi-touch and is very nice – no complaints.
The hard drive is on the small side, but upgradeable. I wish Samsung had included a 256 gig one instead of the 128 gig one. I have already upgraded the drive to the MyDigitalSSD 256GB SMART SATA III (6G) SandForce mSATA Solid State Drive which is extremely fast and I highly recommend it. It took about 10 minutes for me to removed the old SSD and install the new one.
This is the only area that regret about the laptop. 4GB of RAM is ok, but not ideal, especially in a few years. I think I’ll be able to get by and I haven’t run short on memory yet, but really think Samsung should have included 8GB. The RAM is also not upgradeable in the 900x3c and is soldered to the motherboard.
I seem to be getting between 5 and 6 hours of battery life on a full charge with light web usage. I would prefer a little more, but this seems acceptable. The battery is user upgradeable and is held in place by 4 screws visible once the bottom of the laptop is removed. This will come in handy in a couple years as the battery life starts to fade.
Wireless Signal Strength:
No issues with the wireless signal strength. It seems to perform well and has as much if not more signal strength than any other laptop I’ve used.
The only time the bottom of the laptop got pretty warm was when playing Diablo III. The laptop has two fans and they are very quiet. Even at full speed, it’s much quieter than a macbook air or pro. The fans don’t come on at all during normal/light usage such as web surfing/emailing/word document editing and the laptop regulates temperature very well.
The laptop is very quick for an ultra book. It can do a cold boot in about 10 seconds and wakes up from sleep in about 1 to 2 seconds. Graphic performance is very good too, for an ultrabook. No issues playing HD videos. I even loaded Diablo III and it runs very smooth with all high settings and a resolution of 1600 x 900. That’s the only game I’ve tried so far.
Windows Experience Index:
Memory (RAM): 5.9
Gaming graphics: 6.4
Primary Hard Disk: 7.4 for the original one… 7.9 when I upgraded to the MyDigitalSSD
Let me know if you have any questions and I’d be happy to answer.
However, there’s one thing buyers should know- this NP900X3C is using Sandisk SSD. Not Samsung SSD like NP900X3B.
You won’t feel the difference very much in everyday use but the benchmark numbers show the Samsung SSD is far superior than Sandisk.
Not sure about the quality control issues the other guys here are talking about – sounds awful…but I received my samsung laptop and have been playing around with it for like a week now with no issues. Trackpad is really responsive, keyboard is better/easier to type on than other ultrabooks I’ve tried like Asus’s zenbook and overall haven’t had any issues with startup or processing (easy to use and fast). In terms of design- please go in store and see it yourself. Much improved from the previous series 9 (glad I waited) – no wifi issues and design is sleaker/more expensive looking material. And so thin/light!
- The *matte* screen in high resolution rocks, and is long overdue in a laptop of this type (side by side this is significantly brighter and crisper than my 2012 Air).
- Trackpad – Samsung includes support for two finger swipe to go back, forward, and gravity scroll, three finger swipe to explorer view, four finger to view all windows, etc. Recommended that you disable tap to select, however, this is 2nd best trackpad in the business.
- Cool “Silent Mode” feature, which disables fans for silent use
- With Ivy Bridge and SSD, it is fast enough to develop and virtualize on (tested with 2GB RAM VM with Server 2008 + SharePoint 2010 + SQL + Visual Studio 2010).
- For the size, the footprint of the laptop is the most compact I have seen, and feels great on a lap or desk.
- The frame is strong, scary thin, and light.
- Windows 7, Office 2010, and iTunes flies on this thing – as expected.
- Wake from sleep in 1-2 seconds, resume from hibernate in 10 seconds, from cold boot in 20 seconds
Less obvious cons:
- Non-upgradeable RAM – even if not upgradeable, an 8GB would been an obvious choice here
- Non-Samsung SSD – although the laptop is fast, if you’re going to be doing development work on it, you’ll eventually want more.
- Cooling fans are a little louder than I’d hoped for – not wind turbine loud, but they do hum at an audible level for heavier tasks
As a take-away, this is a top tier UltraBook with substance, style and speed. As an owner of several competing ultra-portables, this one wins my vote for first place.
First thing to note is that it has the most gorgeous screen imaginable. Samsung does screens better than anybody. It’s MATTE, which was very important to me. I hate those uber shiny screens that show every finger print and cause huge amounts of glare. Plus the colors are supple and the text/images are crisp. It was the screen that ultimately sold me on this thing.
Another plus, it’s incredibly light. Almost light as an iPad. Yet it doesn’t feel fragile. Only 2.6 lbs and 9 hours of battery life!
In terms of performance, I have yet to test it fully, but I was very pleased to see that it played my graphics-heavy MMO (STWOR)quite smoothly at lower settings. It’s not a gaming laptop, of course, but I was happy that I would have the option to play my favorite games on it. It also played Civ 5 no problem. The bottom does get a little hot when you push the performance, but I put it on a lap pad with a fan, and that cooled it off no problem, even while the game was running.
The only major downside we discovered so far is that it comes with a 20 GB back-up partition installed. I am sure this was put there with good intentions, but it’s really a bummer to lose 20 GB of storage out of the box when you only have 128 GB to begin with. We removed the partition (with a quite a bit of finagling) and we plan to do backups on an external drive.
A last comment…I wanted to give props to Samsung for packaging the computer in such a classy fashion. It comes in an absolutely stunning box (almost like a sturdy board game box) that’s covered in a black canvas material and has the branding empossed in a metallic print. It really reinforces that you are buying a high-end, special piece of equippment. Even though I don’t need the box, I will definitely keep it!
what follows is my original review:
i am very impressed with this computer.
i bought mine directly from amazon.
after getting this computer, i just unistalled some of the bloatware and installed my favorite programs.
it runs fast and the screen is crystal sharp.
the size and portability is outstanding.
it feels sturdy and well built.
it runs virtually silently and hardly heats up when doing light duty computing.
the keyboard feels good and i appreciate the backlit option.
the sound from the speakers are surprisingly good.
despite the cheaper sandisk ssd drive, my computer felt very snappy.
i was able to boot up, shut down, install programs fairly fast.
my WEI score indicates the HD is 7.4
so some of my worries over the ssd has been mollified.
some other minor quibble are:
i wish they had a full size ethernet jack
i wish they would have used displayport over vga.
the power plug jack end of the ac adapter is too narrow and fragile looking.
battery life is very good.
i have definitely gotten at least 8 hours doing light computing.
mostly surfing and working with an outline program called keynote.
now, i can leave my ac adapter at home when i go to the coffee shops.
however samsung or elan please get your act together and improve
your touchpad driver soon.
i have been waiting for a computer like this for years,
combining extreme portability, great screen, snappy performance, and
a long battery life.
The screen is absolutely gorgeous on it because it has a 400-nit PLS screen that has very good, if not the best, viewing angles. This screen is only available on this 13.3″ model as the 15″ series uses a much more inferior screen so beware! This is one of the reasons why I bought the 13.3″ instead of the 15″.
As others have mentioned, the 13.3″ 128GB ssd is a Sandisk U100. Based on the benchmarks in the reviews online, the U100 ranks pretty poorly against its competitors. From my experience with this notebook so far, I have not noticed that much of a slowdown when opening programs or booting Windows. In fact, it boots Windows faster than my desktop PC with an SSD. Fortunately, if the U100 doesn’t work out for you, the ssd is replaceable.
The keyboard and trackpad has a nice feel to it – no complaints in this area.
Ram is fixed at 4GB and cannot be replaced or expanded.
Battery life seems to hover anywhere from 4 hours (heavy downloading, windows updating) to about 6 hours on just web surfing. Samsung has a “battery extender” option in their Easy Settings software that will extend the life of the battery by limiting the charge level to 80%.
The laptop runs very cool and noiseless when doing light work or surfing the web, but does get warm and slightly noisy during heavy usage.
My only only gripe with the laptop has to do with quality control.
My laptop had some sort of super glue in one corner of the screen. It took a while to remove as I had to be careful to not scratch the screen. Whatever the reason for it being there (quality control, a return that was repackaged by Samsung, etc), there’s no excuse for having that there for the price they’re asking.
I highly recommend this laptop.