Samsung Series 9 NP900X3C: Conclusion

August 30, 2012 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (126,257)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 2
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

The Samsung Series 9 is the most well-rounded Ultrabook we’ve reviewed to date. It gets almost everything right – it even has decent speakers. The 1600×900 PLS display has fantastic picture quality with unlimited viewing angles and an anti-glare coating for better usability. The performance is outstanding; a full boot up takes less than 11 seconds. Our battery test measured almost eight hour of life, which is good for an Ultrabook. The backlit keyboard feels good and the touchpad is plenty accurate. It stays cool and quiet at all times. Last but not least the build quality is stellar and the design is elegant without being overdone. The only major item we don’t like about the Series 9 is the port configuration; anything except USB and headphone/microphone requires the use of a dongle.

The Series 9 is one of the more expensive Ultrabooks at over $1,000 starting; our fully-spec’d review unit is $1,699. For those wanting an Ultrabook without compromises, this is the ticket.

Pros:

  • Fantastic high-res display
  • Excellent performance
  • Good backlit keyboard
  • 7.5 hours of battery life

Cons:

  • Limited amount of ports
  • Loud touchpad clicks
  • Pricey


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