Samsung Series 9 2012 Ultrabooks: Better and Faster Than Before

Published on August 23rd, 2012

Samsung Series 9 Ultrabooks 2012 Edition are Better Than Before

Samsung is aggressive when it comes in producing top of the line mobile devices. They have been releasing different smartphones from one model to another targeting different niches. From time to time, they also “upgrade” their previous lineup by releasing an upgraded version of their previously released devices. Samsung has also been successful with their Ultrabooks, from their Samsung Series 5 to Series 9. Recently, (mid-2012) Samsung released an upgraded version of their Series 9 Ultrabooks, making it lighter, sexier and better. Let’s take a look on what the new Samsung Series 9 Ultrabooks has to offer.

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Series 9 NP900X3C and NP900X4C vs the Older models

The new Samsung Series 9 2012 edition Ultrabooks are more powerful, powered by the latest 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core processors.ย  Which can either be the Intel Core i5-3317U clocked at 1.7GHz or the more powerful Intel Core i7-3517U clocked at 1.9GHz.

Its graphics processor is also improved, from Intel HD Graphics 3000 to HD Graphics 4000, paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The Samsung 9 Series has storage capacity of 128GB SSD (Solid State Drives) or 256GB SSD.

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They are also slimmer, thinner and lighter compared to the previous models. The display is also improved with the new SuperBrigth Plus featuring 16 million colors and 400 nits brightness. It has a wider viewing angle of 170 degrees and features HD+ technology.

Other than those highlighted features, the new Samsung Series 9 comes in two sizes and 3 variants for each size, a 13.3-inch and a 15-inch and comes with a 1 year warranty.

samsung series 9 np900x3c

Samsung Series 9 New Model Numbers

There is one thing that I hate about Samsung’s ultrabooks. Their names are so general and model numbers are confusing. Most of the models look similar, and for the general consumer, we usually do not care about the model number. All we know is that its a “Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook“. But actually there are different models and variants, with different specifications and features, and released on different years.

With these, let me help you identify which ones are the old Samsung Series 9, and which ones are the new.

The Old Series 9 Ultrabooks
NP900X1A
NP900X1B
NP900X3A
NP900X3B
NP900X4A
NP900X4B


The New Samsung Series 9 Ultrabooks
NP900X3C-A01US
NP900X3C-A02US
NP900X3C-A03US
NP900X4C-A01US
NP900X4C-A02US
NP900X4C-A03US

There are also two things you need to remember in order for you to tell whether they are the old model, or thelatest model released last mid-2012:
1. The latest modelsย  have the model numbers NP900X3C for the 13.3 inch and NP900X4C for the 15 inch model.
2. The latest models are powered by Intel Core i5-3317U and Core i7-3517u processors, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 for the GPU.

samsung series 9 np900x4c

Samsung Series 9 Ultrabooks Specifications

Dimensions: 12.3″ x 8.6″ x 0.50″ (13.3-inch) / 14″ x 9.30″ x 0.58″ (15-inch)
Weight: 2.55 lbs. (13.3-inch) / 3.6 pounds (15-inch)
Display: 13.3-inch and 15-inch LED HD+ at 1600×900, 400 nits
Processor: Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz / Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Memory: 4GB up to 8GB DDR3 RAM
Hard Drive: 128GB or 256GB SSD
Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi, Gigabit WLAN
I/O Ports: micro HDMI, Mini VGA, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, memory card slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC), mic in, audio out
Input Devices: 80 keys / 86 keys keyboard backlit with touchpad
Multimedia: 3W / 4W stereo speaker, SoundAlive, internal Mic, 1.3MP HD Web Camera
Power: 6 cell or 8 cell Li-Po battery / 3610 mAh to 8400 mAh
Color: Ash Black
Warranty: 1 year

Reviews: Pros and Cons of the New Model

If you are looking for a review of the latest 2012 models, make sure that you are reading a review for the NP900X3C and NP900X4C model. Because I noticed that when you search for “Samsung Series 9 reviews“, most of the results are for the previous models. To make it easier for you, I have collected the common Pros and Cons of the latest models I found.

Pros

  • Boots up quickly
  • Vivid and bright display
  • It uses touchpad, similar to smartphones, instead of trackpad
  • The touchpad is wider, easy to use, very user friendly and comes with gesture functionalities
  • Ultra light, lighter than before and sturdy
  • Powered with the latest 3rd generation Intel Core Processors
  • You can not feel any heat emitted from the keyboard or trackpad area
  • Can play light to semi-heavy games, like Diablo III without any lags (but not for high end games)

Cons

  • The keyboard doesn’t feels too good. But perhaps this depends on the user.
  • Keyboard back-light is not that bright
  • I’m not sure if the price is considered a con, since most ultrabooks with top of the line specs and design are priced similarly.

The new Samsung Series 9 NP900X3C and NP900X4C are truly remarkable ultrabooks. This is were beauty and muscle meets. And if you are going to ask me, should you buy one? Yes! If you think the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A (For UK here) is not your style then go with the Series 9. I have check the specs and both the 13-inch models are on par with each other. Although the Zenbook Prime’s performance is a bit faster than the Series 9. It’s just unfortunate for the Asus Zenbook Prime that they don’t have a 15-inch model.

Price and Where to Buy

The Samsung 9 Seriesย  ultrabooks’ prices range from $1,200 up to $1,800 USD, depending on the model or specifications. You can check the latest price below by clicking on the corresponding model.

Samsung Series 9 NP900X3C 13.3-inch prices
Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C 15-inch prices

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Summary: The new Samsung Series 9 Ultrabooks (NP900X3C and NP900X4C) are indeed better than before. It's ultra light, sturdy, more horsepower and built with superb craftsmanship. The 15-inch are perfect for those who are looking for larger display.

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  • Jade

    great review to the new series of sumsung ultrabook, this is very informative post. thanks

  • Geri

    Hello,
    Great review. But I have the 13.3-inch Series 9, and i can’t agree with the “You can not feel any heat emitted from the keyboard or trackpad area” part.
    While playing games like Guild Wars 2 or EvE Online my processor heats up to 80 C and around the top middle part of my keyboard heats up to around 50 C that is pretty hot.
    Didn’t you experience anything like this? To be honest i’m pretty worried that my model is damaged or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Were you playing at room temperature.
      It’s natural that laptops/ultrabooks heats up but not to the point that the heat is somewhat irritating.
      It should only be warm, not hot. Perhaps your internal fan is not functioning anymore?

      • Geri

        The internal fans were working for sure and i wouldn’t say the heat was irritating, it was just weird when i laid my hand on the casing it felt hot on the top-middle part of the keyboard. But if you say the 80 C internal temperature is normal then i’m not worried anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was more worried about that the internal heat could damage the hardware,than the external heat.The external heat doesn’t bother me much. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Thank you for the answer.

        • 80C is hot! I was thinking it is somewhere in 30-50 c only. When do you experience that? During prolonged usage?

          • Geri

            I experience this internal heat while running processor intensive applications, like games or such. For example i experience it while playing Guild War 2, but it starts to heat up as soon as i start the game. It heats up quickly, and as soon as i exit the game it cools back to around 35-45 C in like 10 secs. So it’s kinda weird. But according to this link until it heats over 105 it’s “normal”, isn’t it?

          • I suggest you get and external cooler like a fan. Using your computer for intensive application will make your CPU work harder thus producing more heat.
            It will, eventually, get hotter while your using it but it will also shorten the lifespan of your CPU or unit as a whole (specially if you are nearing 80 deg and up). That’s why PC enthusiasts and overclockers use water cooling or giant CPU cooler just to make their system cool. But for laptops and ultrabooks/notebooks, you make use an external cooler like this one.

          • Geri

            I’ll try that. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you for your help, now i’m not as worried as i was before, but still weird that some people say they don’t fell heat even while playing on it, and some says that they felt it pretty hot. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll take it to a SAMSUNG shop and see what they say about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • The “no heat felt” is based on normal operation or less. ^_^ Good luck!

  • Deciduous Sprue

    One note concerning the review in general….
    They are not Ultrabooks! Although they conform to many (if not all) of the requisites for Ultrabook status, Intel are the ones with the Ultrabook stamp, and they haven’t given Samsung that stamp of approval with the Series 9…..

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