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Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D-A01US 13.3-Inch Premium Ultrabook (Silver)

by Samsung
3.7 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core i5-2537M 1.40 GHz
  • 4 GB DDR3
  • 128 GB SSD
  • 13.3-Inch Screen
  • Windows 8
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Product Description

Product Description

Designed with mobility in mind, Samsung's durable, ultra premium, lightweight Series 9 laptop (model NP900X3D-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 magnesium 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.

series 9 13-inch front
The Series 9 laptop with 13.3-inch SuperBright Plus display (view larger).
At a Glance
At a Glance:
  • 13.3-inch HD+ display

  • 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2537M ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor

  • 128 GB solid state drive

  • 4 GB installed RAM

  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0

  • HDMI output

  • Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)

  • See full specs below
At a Glance

It's powered by a second-generation, low-voltage Intel Core i5 dual-core processor. 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 8 (64-bit) operating system. You'll also experience new ways to deliver your best work with Office Starter 2010.

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.

series 9 display compare
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.

Key Specifications

13.3-inch SuperBright Plus display with 1600 x 900 resolution for native HD+ viewing (400-nit brightness; non-glare screen)

1.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2537M ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor

128 GB solid state drive (SSD)

4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1600 MHz; maximum capacity)

Intel HD Graphics 3000

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 (4-cell battery; 3610 mAh)

Dimensions and Weight: 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.51 inches (WxDxH); 2.49 pounds


The Specifications on the Battery:

    Power management features: ACPI V2.0 compliant, Standby(S3), Hibernate(S4)                  

    Model code: AA-PBXN4AR

    Type: Li-Polymer

     Details of cell: 4 cells

    Battery capacity: 5440mAh

    Voltage                     : 7.4V

    Battery rating: 44Wh

    Color: Black

    Dimension : 268*96.3*5.6mm (W X D X H)

    Weight:  Appox 220 g

    Recharge time: Approx. 2.5 hours

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
series 9 13-inch left series 9 13-inch keyboard
series 9 13-inch left


What's in the Box

Series 9 laptop with 13.3-inch screen (model NP900X3D-A01US), AC adapter, rechargeable battery, operating instructions


1-year limited warranty on parts and labor.


  • Energy Star (5.2)
  • EPEAT Gold

Product Information

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 13.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution 1600x900
Processor 1.4 GHz Core i5-2537M
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive 128 GB flash_memory_solid_state
Graphics Coprocessor Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000
Chipset Brand Intel
Wireless Type 802.11 a/b/g/n
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Samsung
Series Series 9
Item model number NP900X3D-A01US
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 8;
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.51 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size 128
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Optical Drive Type No
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10,365 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
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Shipping Weight 7 pounds
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Date First Available November 22, 2012

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Series 9 is supposed to be Samsung's premium line of ultrabook. However, pressure from aggressive competitors, such as Asus and Acer, has prompted Samsung to release the X3D as a bargain model of the Series 9 ultrabook line. Key differences between x3d and x3c (the true premium ultrabook) are as follow:
Chassis material: magnesium alloy vs aluminum (edge to x3c)
Weight: 2.49lbs vs 2.55lbs (edge to x3d)
Chassis color: silver vs black/charcoal
cpu: 2nd gen i5 vs 3rd gen i5 (benchmark score 2300 vs 3000, so 30% performance advantage to x3c. 3rd gen Ivy bridge i5 uses 22nm manufacturing process based on 3D tri-gate transistors where as the 2nd gen Sandy bridge i5 uses 32nm manufacturing process based on planar double gate transistors. The newer 22nm manufacturing processor enables 3rd gen i5 cpu to have better energy efficiency and less heat production).
battery life: 7.7 hours vs 8.2 hours (because of the newer 3rd gen i5 has higher energy efficiency)
integrated GPU: HD3000 vs HD4000 (30% performance difference, edge to x3c)

Bottom line; choose x3d if you just want a bargain ultra portable laptop for web browsing and general office work. If you have more money to spend, then x3c is a better premium ultrabook. I chose x3d because I wanted a bargain ultrabook with matte high resolution screen, sturdy chassis, quiet fans, and ultra portability.
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Update 11/28: I woke up this morning and notice the body was cold, so definitely is metal, not plastic. The SSD is Sandisk U100, I've run some benchmark and it doesn't perform that well, is not slow but is not the fastest one. Maybe I'll upgrade when prices come down. I made a backup of the recovery partition using the pre installed Samsung backup software and then deleted that partition, it gave me an extra 20gb of free space. I'm bumping the rating to 4 1/2 stars.

-The screen is beautiful, very bright and good color reproduction.
-Wi-fi signal is strong and I haven't experienced dropped connection.
-I haven't used the touchpad that long because I always use a mouse but I tested and it works better that others I've used.
-The keyboard is accurate and it feels nice to the touch, the backlight is soft, you can barely see it with lights on. I wish it was brighter.
-There's a little to none noise fan, it gets a little hot on the bottom.
-Speakers sound surprisingly good for such a thin machine.
-I can't comment on battery life yet but I think I can squeeze +6 hours from it.

Performance: Before purchasing I knew that the processor was the previous generation (sandy bridge), but reading online I found out that the speed gain between generations is 15% for the CPU and 30% for the GPU, since I don't play games it doesn't bother me but you should keep in mind that the graphics are better on the new generation. Windows experience index score are:

-Processor 6.4
-Memory 5.9
-Graphics 3.8 * 4.3
-Gaming graphics 5.1 * 5.9
-Hard disk 7.5

Just to compare I'm currently using a Vizio thin and light with an Ivy bridge i3-3217U processor 1.8 Ghz and the scores are:

-Processor 6.3
-Memory 5.
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Well, I've had this laptop for about a week now and so this review will only cover initial impressions and performance for..well...only a week.

To start, I opened the box to find the laptop box was very sturdy and impressive. The laptop inside was packed very well and packaging was very aesthetically pleasing. It seemed to me that Samsung took some pride when packaging this product.

Included inside the box was the laptop, the charger (which is small compared to other laptop chargers, it makes It easy to pack and carry), some instructions and warranty info and an adapter for the mini Ethernet plug.

After allowing the laptop to charge, reading the instructions and googling how to use windows 8, I booted up the laptop. Power up was incredibly fast. After setting up everything I restarted the laptop and I am pretty sure it gets to the password screen in about 4-5 seconds from button press. Once I log in I can instantly use the internet. The scroll function seems to lag a bit immediately after log in but is normal after about 1 sec.

I have read other posts about this being the "new" series 9 and why it was rated 1.4 GHz and the sandy bridge and this not being metal blah blah..
well I bough this knowing all those things and honestly...if you can def. tell the difference between a 1.4 and 1.7 GHz and sandy bridge vs the ivy bridge then hats off to you.
I guarantee most people won't be able to tell the difference unless they were told. Regardless,this laptop is incredibly fast.
Also, this laptop is metal just not titanium or steel or whatever else people expect magnesium to feel like -- it is as advertised on the Samsung website.
Granted...this is my first experience with an SSD and windows 8.
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I used this exact model from work for two weeks last month.
Got a note from amazon that it was 7 bills on sale and decided to add my thoughts on my three weeks experience on this budget downgraded Samsung 9.

Firstly it is a good looking machine. It is a light machine. Sadly those are the sole positives compared to the competition or for that matter the proper series 9 machines. Now I dislike apple and its fanboys, so I wont call this a "knock off" of the air, but I will call it it a PALE budget knock off of Samsung's own proper series 9 ultra. Essentially you are buying the ultra case: well actually this case looks at first glace to be the same as the other series 9's but is actually a very flimsy magnesium instead and nowhere near as nice as the normal series 9.

First of all Samsung is cutting a serious corner by using the old second generation i5 processor instead of the third generation i5 one used in laptops today. For perspective typcially 4 and 5 hundred dollar i5 laptops today with third generation models. That is not just some tiny increment. It is actually three factors that are considerably worse in the second generation compared to current i5's. a) battery life. Yes battery life is directly affected by processor generations. Both the processing and the inboard video processing on the older i5s are much less energy efficient. We are not talking about the efficiency of a light bulb here, but of a ultralight laptop with a tiny battery (4 cell). The low energy inefficiency of the processor and video on the NP900X3D-A01US is why the claimed nine hour battery life is real world abysmal 3.5 to 4 hours even with everything tweaked.
The second gen processor is also slower for normal tasks, and much much slower for light to moderate video intensive tasks.
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