A thin, chic point, long array life, exceptional cover, and a new following-generation Intel Core i5 CPU make the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A one of the best ultrathin Windows laptops we’ve ever seen.
The Series 9′s way-too-high sign price makes the MacBook Air look downright affordable by comparison; the flexy case point doesn’t feel as excellent as the MacBook Air’s, any.
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A underside line:
The $1,649 Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A certainly won’t be for every wallet, but this light, well-featured, and arresting 13-incher is the bordering the Windows world will ever come to a MacBook Air. Even if, its higher-than-the-Air price will be hard to stomach.
We’ve seen high-end point-heavy Windows laptops previous to, even if not for a while–the DellAdamo and Adamo XPS come to mind. The Series 9 is a better overall mainframe than those–but if this mainframe were $1,000, we’d really be far more chipper.
As it is, $1,649 is way above standard mainframe pricing landscape (at least it comes standard with a three-year warranty). This is a luxury logic, primarily with $400-range 11.6-inch AMD Fusion laptops presenting pretty reasonable alternatives.
If you’re a Windows mainframe user but have been secretly envying devices like the MacBook Air, clenching your hands frenziedly at night for a Windows analogue–and price is no differ– then your gleaming onyx liberator has indoors. Otherwise, you might want to wait for the 11-inch Series 9 appearance in about a month, which will cost a modest less–or, find a more affordable alternative, provided you can live without supersleek duraluminum. But, if you can stomach the sign price, this is one of the best, thin, usable ultraportable PCs we’ve ever come crosswise.
The Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A has an instantly eye-transmittable look: sleek brushed-black metal (duralumin, a notes used in aircraft construction), with kindheartedly curved edges nearly the back, give the thin mainframe the advent of a blade, or a cross-part of a wing with aerofoil. It’s also extremely light: disparate the surprisingly dense iPad, the Series 9 in fact feels lighter in the hand than you’d guess. At 2.9 pounds, it’s near like peas in a pod to the 13-inch MacBook Air.
This mainframe is a bit thicker, even if: by our measurements, about 0.64 inch at its thickest. While the MacBook Air measured 0.68 inch at its thickest, the front edge of the Air comes to a thinner point. The Series 9 feels and looks thicker, but these differences are small quibbles. Both laptops are functionality super-thin and pack flat into bags, adding modest bulk.
Inside, the Series 9 mainframe has more brushed metal, but also some glossy plastic trim nearly parts of the cover area and upright. The top lid feels too bendable when opening and dying, and part of the skeleton even exhibited small squeaks when we pressed down on it. That’s not to say the construction isn’t very solid, but it just doesn’t feel as rock solid as Apple’s MacBook Air. It’s miles above akin thin Windows laptops, even if, even if we expected more for $1,600-plus.
The tiny AC adapter is more akin to the size of many smartphone chargers, with a comes off plug that can be replaced with journey tips. The plug goes into the rear of the Series 9′s left side, jutting out. It’s not the elegant key that Apple’s flush attractive power cord is, and the mount’s trying to plot wall-wart size makes it a challenging fit for some outlets.
Going with an SSD drive has afforded the Series 9 with closer boot-up times: by our stopwatch, the NP900X3A took 24 seconds from a cold boot-up. That’s closer than many Windows laptops, but slower than the moderately lightning-quick MacBook Air. The Series 9 has a additional clean trick up its sheath: dying the lid puts the mainframe straight into a no-power hibernation state. The Series 9 woke up from hibernation after lifting the lid in just 6 seconds. For most public, this is how they’ll use the mainframe, charging up as looked-for.
NP900X3A 13.3-inch cover has a matte close, which stands against near every other consumer mainframe. Some will like this–many public gripe that the MacBooks are far too glossy. On the Series 9, the matte close beyond doubt helps descriptions and text pop in brightly lit areas. The cover has a most pledge of 1,366×768 pixels, but its brightness and viewable angles surpass many other laptops we’ve seen. Movies and cinema look exceptional, with planetary viewing angles that don’t degrade no matter how far the cover is at an angle. (We despise to keep comparing to the MacBook Air, but its pledge in case you’re unusual is a higher 1,440×900. Still, we reckon the Series 9 cover looks even better.)
On to Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A upright and touch pad: austerely place, they rock. The upright’s so akin in feel and size to the MacBook Air that it looks pressed from the same mold. The keys have less height than raised keyboards on better laptops, but total typing felt snappy and open. The upright is backlit, too, disparate the MacBook Air’s. The large multitouch clickpad uses Synaptics Series 1.5 equipment. While it’s not a “click anywhere” pad (it uses a lever-style clicking means, like Apple’s MacBooks), its image-sensing equipment and suitability rivals most other laptops. The matte glass surface feels fantastic and is amply sized for multifinger gestures. It’s not as huge as the epic one on the MacBook Air, but it’s dreadfully close.
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A stereo speakers hide behind tiny grilles at the front side edges, barely noticeable unless you tilt and check. The number and sound feature is more than excellent enough for movies, TV shows and Webchat, even music, even if they’re observably not going to surpass a excellent pair of receiver. The included 1.3 megapixel Webcam has a most pledge of 1,280×1,024 pixels, with cinema and light sensitivity that are better than mean; the bundled ArcSoft YouCam software has a digit of weird backdrops and equipment for you to play with, too.