|Screen Size||15 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1600 x 900|
|Processor||1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD 4000 Graphics|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C-A01US 15.0-Inch Ultrabook (Ash Black)
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My job role has changed a bit in the past year and I'm traveling and doing presentations to potential clients. The thinness of the Series 9 is awesome for traveling, as is the battery life, but I decided to ditch the dreary no-frills Samsung and for an Acer Aspire R7. I'll put up a review of that whenever (if) it becomes available from Amazon.
I'm replacing my 2009 model Dell Studio XPS 1640 that died on me with a bad motherboard hard drive connector :/
I'm a consultant for several clients in San Diego and I use my laptop for EVERYTHING, so not having one meant work stoppage for several days and I needed a new one QUICK. I went to best buy, frys electronics and for whatever reason, costco. I needed to try out every model I could to make a quick, but informed decision.
I went with the Samsung Series 9, mostly because the Series 7 they had at Best Buy caught my eye and nothing else I got my hands on really compared.
Battery Life - The battery isn't nearly broken in yet, I have been downloading and installing software like crazy, and I'm getting about 7 hours with brightness set to the middle setting. (See below). I'm used to about 1 hour and 45 minutes with the XPS, so 7 hours is astonishing, and when the battery is broken in I'm sure it will be a few hours longer.
Matte screen & brightness - I can actually use this thing outside! It was absolutely impossible using my XPS outside because of the gloss screen and good-for-indoors brightness. OK so I'm not joking when I say this thing is bright. On full brightness it's actually somewhat painful to look at it if you're in a dark room.Read more ›
Screen. Several have said the screen is "horrible" with very poor contrast and limited viewing angles. Perhaps Samsung has made some improvements but mine is just fine even with the out-of-the-box default settings. Yes it's sensitive to viewing angle in the vertical direction but you just adjust the angle of the screen and it looks quite good. Pictures, movies, and any combination of text and background colors I've yet seen all look reasonably good. The screen is better, overall, than a few Dells I have. Like any mat (vs glossy) screen the blacks are not as black but I prefer that over lots of annoying glare and reflections.
Touchpad. Some have said the touchpad is a problem. Again, I've had no issues with mine. The cursor doesn't randomly jump around, I didn't have to turn off the gestures or upgrade the driver, and it generally does what I want it to do. Again, it works vastly better than the multi-touch pad in my newest Dell. It's made by Elan.
WiFi. A few have complained the WiFi performs poorly. Granted I have a great WiFi router, but the Series 9 has equal or better signal strength anywhere in the house compared to my other laptops and devices. It's always 4 or 5 bars.
Upgrade Options. One negative review here complains the SSD can't be upgraded without voiding the warranty. I'm not sure that person is aware that most Ultrabooks, the Macbooks, etc. have the same issue and often use proprietary OEM SSD boards (as the this one does) rather than regular 2.5" drives. Sometimes the SSD is part of the motherboard. Laptops designed to use only an OEM SSD can be made thinner and lighter.Read more ›
Only 57 GIGS FREE! Yikes.. That's Windows and the Windows recovery partition.
LINUX / UBUNTU PEOPLE:
I decided to write in detail because I'm sure many Ubuntu users out there are trying to think of a good Ultrabook as their weapon of choice.
I chose this over:
HP Spectre Envy
- The don't get good performance reviews
- I don't want to break the glass!
Vizio Thin and Lights
- Astonishing spec!
- People don't love the keyboards
- On Windows even after a driver update, touchpad still is quircky so that seems like a Linux risk..
- Can't seem to find anyone out there who has installed Linux on it, and certainly no community
- I came close but the choice of resolutions for a 13.3 inch screen 1377x (too low) 1920x (too high) put me off
- Ubuntuforum shows some serious challenges and I just don't want to fight with it. If it had been perfect in all other ways I might have gone for it, but it isn't.
- Most expensive option
SO.. why any Series 9.
- 15" screen with 1600x resolutions.. Heaven. Right in the sweet spot.
- Theres a Ubuntu Community page for the series 9 which talks about various issues but none serious. For me in the end the ONLY thing I had to do was paste the 4 lines in to two text files to get 4 extra function keys to work.. that's IT!
- It's a really sexy piece of kit. I've had a 15" macbook pro up to this point and it looks like a monster beside this baby ;-)
So.. why THIS Series 9
Revisions: There have been 3 generations of series 9. the 900X4B, X4C and now X4D. Samsung seem to make things WORSE over time as they try and drop the price.Read more ›
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Great computer! Light weight, amazing battery life, and sleek style.Published 12 months ago by Elly Thai
I'm still using this Great Machine - everyone should try one!Published 13 months ago by Douglas Blair
I love this laptop - sometimes the keyboard is a bit fussy. Lots of compliments on it. It really is wonderfully portable.Published 17 months ago by Anna Koltunova
I bought this computer when I was in college; it was a huge commitment buying something so nice.
I have had this for over two years and still love it. Read more
Have used it for 6 months for both home and work. All good except the touch pad which is variably sensitive. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Colby
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