SpecificationsNotebook: Samsung 900X4C-A04DE (Series 9 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.0 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 1999 euro
Average of 8 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Samsung 900X4C-A04DE
Longer battery life - courtesy of Ivy Bridge. Samsung's Series 9 top-of-the-line model delights us again with its unibody construction and perfectly executed input devices. The new processor allows for longer run times on battery. The HD+ display remains unchanged.
Source: PC Advisor
It’s hard to fault a laptop that provides useful battery life, if you can find it for £600. The Chronos provides a good combination of performance and features for that price, and is a good option if you need an affordable workhorse laptop that can last most of a working day.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
Source: PC Pro
Samsung’s Series 9 range is unashamedly expensive, and the 900X4C is no exception: at £1,200, you’re paying a premium for a laptop that is pretty, portable and long-lasting. But while it’s probably the loveliest-looking 15in laptop on the market, it offers little that the 13in Asus Zenbook UX31E doesn’t serve up for substantially less money. Those who can afford it won’t be disappointed, but at this price this fine laptop falls tantalisingly short.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67% features: 83% ergonomy: 83%
So, will this notebook take over from the Lenovo T420s? So far the omens are looking positive: Better display; slim profile and less weight (particularly when the PSU is included); longer battery time and a feeling of durability. Adequate storage is the current bottleneck. I've already done one upgrade and can't wait for 512GB mSATA SSDs to arrive. And the final good news is that although the NP900X4C is wider than the T420s, its slender profile means that it will slip into the same bags.
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 90%
Source: PC Magazin - Spezial 53 Ultrabooks
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 86%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 91% features: 75% display: 84% mobility: 99% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 87%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2012
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 71% performance: 48% features: 73% display: 87% mobility: 91% ergonomy: 65%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/17/2012
Rating: performance: 70% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 85%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Positive: very good workmanship and dimensions; good battery runtime; good display; convenient weight
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/22/2012
It wasn’t long until Samsung decided to join the ultrabook race. The series 9 is Samsung’s attempt at producing a Macbook Air competitor. This new version is lighter, smaller, and more affordable than not only the previous series 9 but also the Dell XPS13. The entire footprint is smaller making the laptop look like a 12 inch laptop. The specs are that of a standard ultrabook but with a slightly better screen resolution (1600x900). Obviously this can’t beat the Full-HD resolution of the Asus Zenbook UX32VD ultrabook but is just fine. Just like many other newer ultrabooks, the series 9 comes with the latest version of Intel processors under the Ivy Bridge platform which boosts up the performance by a little.
Made of a solid piece of aluminium, the new Series 9 also looks good. It has one of the best keyboards when compared to other ultrabooks. The keys are raised for better typing experience and it is backlit with a mild blue lighting. The touchpad on the other hand has some minor issues with its figure gesture operation. The built-in speakers aren’t that great as well when compared to some other ultrabooks. Samsung has only included two USB ports due to the very thin chassis but one of it is a USB 2.0 port which is surprising since every other manufacturer has moved to providing only USB 3.0 ports.
All in all, the new Samsung series 9 -13 inch laptop is a good ultrabook but price and specs wise it comes behind many other ultrabooks that are already in the market. Despite being thinner than the MacBook Air, it fails to be unique or premium.
At the Beginning of 2011, Samsung introduced the Series 9 with two new devices, which celebrated their debut at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas, shortly CES. Simultaneously Samsung has begun to change the series-discriptions and their sorting. In addition to the Ultra-Thin Series 9, Samsung provides the Series 2, 3 (B2C), 4 and 6 for Business-Notebooks, the Series 5 for devices with Google Chrome OS and also the new Series 7 Chronos plus Series 7 Gamer for multimedia- respectively gaming-users.
Back to Samsungs Series 9: After the introduction of the Samsung Series 9 900X3A (13.3 inch) and the smaller 900X1B Subnotebook (11.6 inch) the hype was relatively large, because apparently they seem to be the first available alternative to Apples MacBook Air series, which runs on Apples Mac OS X. High-quality displays and a chassis made of lightweight and sturdy Duraluminium are two key-assets of Samsung Series 9 devices. In comparison to the german retail-market, Samsung provides both devices to their US-Costumers from the beginning. The MSRP located between 1199.99 and 1649.99 US-Dollar.
Major advantages in our reviews of the Samsung Series 9 900X3A and 900X1B are the good battery life, the rapid SSD storage, the convincing display, the LED-Backlit keyboard and furthermore the attractive design. Disadvantages are the limited expandability, the port-positioning, the missing dockingport and the long battery charge time. On average, the review-ratings are above 80 percent and thereby in a good rating range.
Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display size represents a treshold between the small sizes of subnotebooks and ultrabooks and the standard-sizes of office- and multimedia laptops on the other hand. Laptops with that size are somewhat rare, nowadays.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.
81.75%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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