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Samsung Series 9 NP900X3C-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Ash Black)

by Samsung
79 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core i5 3317U Processor 1.7GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128GB Hard Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Product Description

Laptops & Notebooks, Samsung, COREI5-1.7G/4G/13.3INCH/128G SSD, NP900X3C-A01US

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.

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

  • 1.7 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

  • HDMI output

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

  • See full specs below
At a Glance

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.

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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)

1.7 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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series 9 13-inch left


series 9 13-inch keyboard
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.


  • Energy Star (5.2)
  • EPEAT Gold

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Pin web sites with Internet Explorer 9 (view larger).
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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

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Create, connect, and share (see larger image).


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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 for more information.)
** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.

Product Information

Expand all Collapse all Technical Details
Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Processor1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Chipset BrandIntel
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand NameSamsung
SeriesSeries 9
Item model numberNP900X3C-A01US
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight2.6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H12.30 x 8.60 x 0.50 inches
Color Ash Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size128
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Optical Drive TypeNo
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery TypeLithium Polymer (LiPo)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #17,735 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJune 3, 2012
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

100 of 105 people found the following review helpful By pureblur on June 25, 2012
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I want and still do love this laptop from a design perspective. The quality control is troubling though.

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.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Diego VINE VOICE on September 11, 2012
1. Amazingly thin.
2. First rate build quality. Solid as a rock. No flexes anywhere.
3. Fast.
4. Beautiful matte screen with very high brightness.

1. Touchpad ruins it. I have the latest elan driver and have tried all the trick in the world but this touchpad can't even handle single finger cursor movement correctly. It will either a) stop responding for fractions of a second b) jump all over the place c) activate the left click even when you are just moving the cursor with one finger d) make you want to puke all over the place knowing a $1000 laptop performs like this and how everything else is perfect. You literally cannot use the touchpad for anything meaningful unless you have a bottle of aspirin nearby.
2. Gets very warm at the palm area during charging phase.

As much as I love everything else about this laptop the defective touchpad is making me want to return this item and I hereby highly discourage anyone from buying this computer until they either fix it or issue a recall. This is like buying a 300hp car with a defective steering wheel and it's unacceptable.

UPDATED 9/13/2012. After several days of testing the touchpad issue has been isolated in more detail. If you divide the touchpad into regions horizontally from left to right: 0 to 49% equals good area, 50 to 70% equals bad area, 71 to 100% equals good area. What I mean is that the area from the middle to slightly right of it has absolutely terrible touch responses resulting in false clicks and astray pointers.

UPDATED 10/9/2012. Rating has been lowered to 1 star from 2 after my Samsung RMA experience. First of all Samsung repairs are outsourced to Intelisol in Teaxas.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Student on June 26, 2012
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I feel like most people are extremely critical about any laptop on the market other than Apple. Had a Macbook Pro the last two years but wanted to return to PCs so it'd be easier to work on the road/home. Definitely also considered the air before buying this but honestly thought the air couldn't compare to this (though I admit I'm always gonna be a PC fan so not sure if it's a fair fight).

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!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TJ on July 5, 2012
Bought the Samsung Series 9 13.3" from the Microsoft Store a couple days ago and felt compelled to write a positive review for it.

- 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).

Obvious pros:
- 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.
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