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183 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars premium ultrabook at a bargain price, December 28, 2012
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This review is from: Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D-A01US 13.3-Inch Premium Ultrabook (Silver) (Personal Computers)
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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Initial post: Jan 5, 2013 7:45:41 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 10:59:11 PM PST
Gary Caserta says:
He obviously knows what he's talking about and picked this laptop for a reason. He also gave it 5 stars, so what makes you think he doesn't like it. Great suggestion to by an Apple. Apparently the review was just a little bit to technical for you.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 5:40:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2013 4:36:48 AM PST
Don says:
I think your review hits the nail on the head perfectly. If you want a $1300 laptop to get those improvements you mention then buy the x3c. If you want a really, really good $700 laptop then buy this instead (I did) and use that other $600 towards something else..maybe a spare.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 2:23:31 PM PST
MIMO says:
I think you did a great job explaining both since no body knows what the difference is just by looking at them both. I was seconds away of buying the D for $721 which after reading this and Knowing about computers and having a Samsung 9 last Gen. Black (hidden usb ports) is about. The review explained me every single hardware spec i needed, explanations for i5 gen 2 and gen 3. If someone thinks this is too technical its very wrong.. People that are looking for a Premium ultrabook are not the average joe that goes to walmart and doesn't make their homework before buying. i believe that the best info available out there the best..

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 10:00:02 PM PST
2Dogs1Bowl says:
Solid review, don't worry about the first two knuckleheads responding. Your notes helped a lot, now I'm just trying to figure out whether this model has a PLS/IPS display.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 5:42:25 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 28, 2013 10:13:18 AM PST
HT says:
Does your screen flicker when it goes from dark to light? It is is a bright flicker. I don't have a AC adapter connected, but the screen seems to flicker when it changes brightness.

Posted on May 29, 2013 12:08:35 PM PDT
Extremely helpful. You addressed all of my concerns and saved me time Google-ing all these differences. Thanks for the awesome review.
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