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SAMSUNG Series 9 NP900X4C-A01US 15" Ultrabook

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  • Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz
  • 8GB DDR3, 128GB SSD
  • 1600 x 900, Intel HD Graphics 4000

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Sometimes size is a reliable indicator of performance, as is the case with the Samsung Amor2 ultrabook line. With 15-inch screens, these notebooks have a greater display area than many similar ultrabooks. The integrated graphics and Intel HD card combine to produce strong image quality. The screen size also makes it easy to navigate through multiple windows simultaneously.

This increased size doesn't mean the Samsung ultrabooks don't maintain the portability of smaller notebooks. Weighing only 3.6 pounds, an Amor2 isn't noticeably heavier than models with more compact screens. The ultrabooks measure only 14 inches long and are approximately half an inch thick, making them convenient to carry.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Lucas D.
  • 6/6/2013 6:09:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Machine

Pros: - Looks amazing
- Super fast
- Thin, light, portable
- Attached keyboard
- Excellent battery life

This is an amazing laptop. Loved it since day one and I've owned for about a year now. Do yourself a favor when you get it though and wipe/install a clean copy of Windows. It's easier than uninstalling the bloat manually. I am running 7 on it because it doesn't have a touchscreen and W8 is a pain (waiting for 8.1).
It boots very fast, the battery life is the best in its' class (pre-Haswell) and I seriously only charge it like once a week. A lot of times if I'm travelling, I don't even bring the charger.
I run Ableton, Fruity Loops, Solidworks, Office, etc. and it performs very well. With the music DAW's it will get bogged down and clip a little bit, but turning up the sampling in ASIO helps.

Cons: - Price
- W8 (standard now)
- Non-removable battery, RAM, HD

It's a bummer that you can't replace any of the main components yourself. This can lead to an expensive repair if necessary. It's also worth noting that I've had some trouble with the micro-HDMI port. (cable no included). I bought a BB Rocketfish cable and it might be the issue, but it often doesn't work properly. There are some beta HD4000 drivers that you may want to look into. Another thing this laptop DOESN'T have is WiDi capability. Bummer, because that would be awesome w/ my Roku.

Other Thoughts: It's a great laptop for traveling and getting work done. As long as what you are working on doesn't require a powerhouse desktop, then you will be more than satisfied. If you take care of this thing, it will last a long time.

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  • Zach W.
  • 12/20/2012 12:47:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsExpensive but not worth it

Pros: Size

Cons: Quality
Customer Service

Other Thoughts: First of all I loved the Samsung series 9 for it's speed and sleekness.

That being said the product has continued to disappoint me to the point of finally reviewing it.

Ownership since July of 2012 has been bliss until one day I needed to restart the machine and noticed upon shutdown that the bottom of the screen had white lines in it. Upon further review the screen has a crack from the left to the center of the screen and has since started to radiate up into the screen itself.

Chatted with customer service and was asked to fill out a concise clam with pictures which I promptly did. Noticed once the pictures were loaded that the submit button disappeared. Went back on to the chat and another less helpful "customer service" person engaged me. At that time I was told that a cracked screen was not their problem and considered abuse. (Note: I have had many computers in my life and this one is the most fragile that I have ever owner. First broken screen on any of my products.) Sorry for the rant. Told me that he would escalate my concerns to the executive level and they would be call me back in 2 business days. That was last Friday and today is Thursday. I guess 2 days was a lie to get rid of me. Here is the impersonal email that I just received. "Albert; We received your claim in our Executive Customer Relations department regarding your Samsung Notebook Computer. I reviewed your request for an warranty repair due to a cracked panel. Samsung warranty does not cover replacing a cracked panel. This is considered physical damage. This can only be determined after inspection by a Samsung Tech. Please give us a call at 1-800-726-7864 to further discuss your concerns and for assistance in setting up a service to repair the unit. Thank you; Gregg L."

So much for the phone call. I have purchased many Apple products over the years and anything that happened within a year they handled at the store or online with no hesitation. This was not the experience that I had with Samsung and cannot recommend any of their products considering the price you pay for it vs the reliability, quality and service you receive for the dollar spent. If this was a sub $1000 computer my level of contempt for them would not be as much but alas I am off to the Apple store to buy a better product again and never to consider the Samsung brand again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/19/2012 9:09:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUPDATED Worked with it for a while

Pros: ***same as before
It's my daily machine for work (web developer) and I love it!

Cons: Really got used to typing on the keyboard now. You just can't be as "heavy" on the keys as you would on a normal keyboard and you'll be fine.

Other Thoughts: I debated updating my original review several times and decided that I needed to do it. The same pros and cons exist as before, but I've started working with this Ultrabook heavily on a day-to-day basis now and it's turning out to be awesome. It's sturdy, super thin, reliable, and fast. The more I thought about it, every computer has it's pros/cons and I really think this one deserves 5 eggs instead of 4. Any shortcomings are minimal compared to how happy I am with it. I'm seriously thinking about getting a second one for my wife.

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  • Giash U.
  • 12/16/2012 7:59:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Ultrabook!

Pros: - Ridiculously fast in every aspect. Boot time and wake up time are fast as hell
- Incredibly thin and lightweight for its size
- Looks marvelously good, very sleek in pictures, even sleeker in person
- Screen has ability to be very bright
- Backlit keyboard is nice
- SSD is quick
- Large trackpad
- USB 3.0 ports
- Craftsmanship and build quality is immaculate
- Extremely quiet, fans make little to no noises
- Speaker quality is great
- Runs Steam games very well on decent settings
- Battery life is excellent
- Battery charger isn't big or bulky, looks good too

Cons: - Relatively expensive
- Sides of the laptop are fragile and dent easily, must be cautious
- Laptop charger that connects to the laptop is small, can be very annoying to plug in at times
- Outside surface is prone to fingerprints pretty easily
- SSD is small and full of bloatware, 128 GB SSD has 52 GB or so available after bloatware and OS
- Nondetachable battery. If it needs to be replaced, you must send it in to Samsung.
-Webcam isn't the greatest, could be the software.

Other Thoughts: This is an excellent Ultrabook if you can live with its few shortcomings. It's sleek, light, looks good, and performs excellently. I only have two complaints - it's the SSD and the price. For the price, you expect a near perfect product; and while it's nearly there - it's plagued by its SSD. The SSD is full of bloatware and only has about 52 GB of space for your programs and what not. However, the bloatware isn't all that bad. Samsung includes some software that is actually useful. Including the battery life extender that doesn't charge your laptop past 80% when enabled, in order to avoid overcharging your battery and extend the overall battery life (which is good, since you can't replace the battery yourself). If you can live with the minimal HD space (external portable hard drives fix this) and you can afford it, then the laptop is great.
Tip if you're going to buy it: UPDATE THE SOFTWARE. The laptop has issues (a bit laggy, terrible WiFi connection) that are resolved with software and firmware updates. There are a few updates you'll need to get from Samsung, but the main ones come from Intel. Be sure to update everything you can from Intel, as it's vital to your laptop's performance.
All in all, it's a great Ultrabook. If it were a bit less expensive and had a larger SSD, it'd be perfect. But still, I reckon it's the best Ultrabook out there.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/9/2012 7:54:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot perfect, but glad I bought it. Would buy again.

Pros: The battery life is awesome.
It's sleek, and thin - really portable
It's beautiful, I get a lot of compliments.
The backlit keyboard is a nice blue like the old Timex Indiglo color.
The wifi seems to work really well, haven't had any signal loss at all.
It's a very capable machine in a small package.
Makes other laptops seem old and bulky
I have a windows laptop that rivals the sleekness of a mac.
Great screen resolution, the screen is nice.

Cons: Typing on the keyboard is difficult at first. The more I use it, the better I become though.
The trackpad, seems like it's about a centimeter too far to the left, my hand often rests on it slightly causing some mistyping.
At first I really liked the trackpad gestures, but now I don't. Trying to use the 3-fingers drag down gesture to switch between running programs I can only describe as broken. It disables the mouse cursor, so as you drag around to switch apps, you really have no idea what you're doing. Basic scrolling is available on every trackpad so I can only say that works as intended. The trackpad also doesn't have physical right/left click buttons; you just click on the lower left/right areas. Right clicking on the trackpad is very hit-or-miss. Literally about 50% missed clicks. I got around this by using a separate portable mouse though.

Also, the screen seems to sense the ambient light and auto correct, even when I manually turn the brightness up or down. Not a big deal - I would think there is a way to fix it but it hasn't bothered me to the point of trying to fix it, just noticeable sometimes.

The last con I can think of is the same as another reviewer mentioned - the front edge where your wrists end up sitting most of the time is pretty sharp. I've found a way to rest it on my lap that cuts down on this, but not totally.

Other Thoughts: The pros outweigh the cons for me. Most of the cons I mentioned were already covered by other users, so I knew what I was getting before hand. The only real con for me is the trackpad, and I purchased a nice little M$ portable bluetooth mouse when I purchased this laptop, so overall I'm happy with my purchase.

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  • Jacob M.
  • 9/25/2012 3:49:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsALMOST perfect

Pros: 1.) Thin, impossibly light, construction quality and design thoughtfulness of the macbook air (or better, considering how many more ports I have)
2.) boot is faster than advertised, and WOW the thing runs on lightning... MATLAB is running as fast as on my core i7 / 16GB RAM desktop. Very impressed.
3.) battery is ~8 hours; ~6 under *very* high load, ~5 watching HD movies (airplane tested).

The usability, screen quality, and weight keep me oohing and aahing over my own purchase.... this is my first non-mac in about 8 years and I couldn't be happier (considering it's 1/2 the price of the macbook pro w/ retina)

Cons: The SSD is 128GB, but it shows up on your front door with 89 total GB usable, and only ~55ish free.
Bloatware, and a pagefile/fast boot partition, 9GB.

There's also a "recovery" partition that takes up ~20GB, which I would be ecstatic about on a 1TB machine, but not hogging up my SSD.

The drivers for the keyboard hotkeys, fast boot and fast wake are all built into the windows distro, so I'm nervous about wiping this bad boy and starting fresh.

Also, the connectors. This thing came with a gigabit dongle adapter (fine by me), but it's missing it's micro HDMI to anything at all adapter, and the "video port" is some exotic little bugger I can't find ANY adapters for ANYWHERE, which is going to give me a brain aneurism.

Lastly, and worst of all, is the power adapter. It's a little plug-type adapter thats been used on every laptop and it doesn't stay in; the slightest jiggle shakes it out. They could have learned from apple here... A good magnetic adapter would be awes

Other Thoughts: In total, I love this thing, working on it is a dream (which is what I use it for). It can handle HD video, almost any multimedia uses, but it's not quite fast enough for gaming (meh, who cares).
So far, I'm very happy with it. I'll update this post when I wipe it and put Mac OSX and a clean windows on it. I sincerely hope it doesn't ruin the fast boot, which is so cool.

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  • Chris R.
  • 8/2/2012 2:15:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsFirst Impressions

Pros: The build quality and slimness is evident from unboxing on. It is sturdy and has a good feel, but is almost surreally thin and light. Beautiful screen with very decent outdoor viewing and vertical viewing angle (roughly 45 degrees of perfect view, another 45 of acceptable viewing, and 180 degrees of legibility)). Excellent battery life, (I've been using it for about 3 hours this session and i'm sitting at 70% remaining. So roughly the 10 hours advertised). The boot speed is faster than advertised (clocked the boot at 6.7 seconds), and it is literally instantly on from sleep. The CPU centric speed is more than fast enough for basic computing tasks, mathematica, and photoshop), and it can handle a little light gaming (League of Legends).

Cons: Well, I guess you get what you pay for. It's a beautiful machine, but it's hard to push from my mind the question whether it is worth $1400. Straight up, you will not be getting $1400 worth of computing performance. If you are willing to sacrifice on screen size and weight, you will achieve comparable performance in the $1000 range. But you won't get this beautiful screen or nearly as light. As mentioned in other reviews, the 128 GB SSD comes with partitions that reduce available space to 58 GB. So expanding with SD or a USB flash drive is mandatory. As befitting such a slender machine, the connectvity is limited. (though the Wifi/Widi is nice) The Ethernet port is proprietary and not included (come on Samsung, skimping on a silly cable in a premium $1400 package?). Also doesn't include a sleeve or any other extras. Comes very simply with a laptop and a power converter (the power converter is also very nice and slip though)

Other Thoughts: All in all, it is an elegant machine that crams a near unbelievable amount of performance into such a slender machine. If you want exceptional portability in a 15 inch package, you simply won't find a competitor.

However, how you feel will much depend on what premium you are willing to place on that portability, as this laptop sacrifices much to achieve it, and his a pretty high price point to boot.

Neutral Points:
Keyboard. LIttle tactile feedback and button travel. This is to be expected with an ultra thin keyboard, but it will take some getting used to. It looks good though. Has the home/end/pg up/pg/down buttons on the far right, so i press page down a lot when i mean to hit enter. That's actually just a con

Touchpad: Nice job with left and right click, also very good looking, but somewhat less responsive than desired.

Samsung Software: Stupid Dorky and unnecessary. But actually somehow better organized than windows itself.

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