Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C-A03US 15-Inch Ultrabook (Ash Black)

July 22, 2013 - Comment

Introducing your next object of desire: the Samsung Series 9. This sleek, stunning, mineral ash black model of perfection is the thinnest, lightest, most impressive notebook available from anyone, anywhere. And inside its 15.0″ ultra-thin form factor lurks a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, ready and waiting to make quick work of graphics, video

Introducing your next object of desire: the Samsung Series 9. This sleek, stunning, mineral ash black model of perfection is the thinnest, lightest, most impressive notebook available from anyone, anywhere. And inside its 15.0″ ultra-thin form factor lurks a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, ready and waiting to make quick work of graphics, video editing and anything else that comes its way. From the innovative imagination of Samsung, it’s both more and less than you ever imagined. Powered by Intel Core Processor Family. 15.0 HD+ LED Anti-glare Display (1600 x 900, 16 – 9, 400nits SuperBright Plus Technology) Intel HD Graphics 4000 Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN Intel Wireless Display Enabled (WIDI) – requires the purchase of the Netgear Push2TV TV Adapter for Intel Wireless Display PTV2000 (NTG PTV2000) Bluetooth 4.0 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN 1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam 4-in-1 Multi Card Slot (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC) 86 Keys Backlit Keyboard & Touch Pad with Gesture UI Integrated Stereo Speakers (2W x 2) with HD Audio and SoundAlive Connections – 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, Headphone-out, Microphone-in, Micro HDMI, RJ-45 (Dongle included) Approximate Unit Dimensions (WxDxH) – 14.0 x 9.3 x 0.58 in. Approximate Unit Weight – 3.63 lbs.

Designed with mobility in mind, Samsung’s durable, ultra premium, lightweight Series 9 laptop (model NP900X4C-A03US) 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 0.58 inches thin. This Series 9 laptop also includes a brilliant 15-inch SuperBright Plus display with HD+ technology, 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD), 8 GB of system memory, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

series 9 15-inch front The Series 9 laptop with 15-inch SuperBright Plus display (view larger). At a Glance NP900X4C-A03US
At a Glance: 15-inch HD+ display

1.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3517U dual-core, ultra-low voltage processor

256 GB solid state drive

8 GB installed RAM

Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000

Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0

HDMI output

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

See full specs below At a Glance

It’s powered by a third-generation, low-voltage Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. With updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology, the latest Core i7 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 two super-speed USB 3.0 ports–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 Professional 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, and features SuperBright Plus display HD+ technology that transforms your viewing experience with 340-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.

series 9 display compare Twice as bright as standard notebook screens and with a 1600 x 900-pixel resolution (view larger).

Solid State Drive to Start Even Faster

This Series 9 features a 256 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 10 hours on this 15-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

15-inch SuperBright Plus display with 1600 x 900 resolution for native HD+ viewing (340-nit brightness; non-glare screen)

1.7 GHz Intel Core i7-3517U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 4 MB L3 cache)

256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)

8 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (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 4 watts of power (2.0W x 2) and SoundAlive enhancement

Up to 10 hours of battery life (8-cell battery; 8400 mAh)

Dimensions and Weight: 14 x 9.3 x 0.58 inches (WxDxH); 3.51 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

2 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 series 9 15-inch left See larger image. series 9 15-inch cover See larger image. series 9 15-inch right See larger image.


series 9 15-inch keyboard Full-sized keyboard (view larger).

What’s in the Box

Series 9 laptop with 15-inch screen (model NP900X4C-A03US), 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) Warranty

1-year limited warranty on parts and labor.


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Windows 7 Professional

Work Anywhere Easier

Get everything you need for business and home with Windows 7 Professional .

Run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode* Backup and recover your data easily with automatic back-ups to your home or business network. You’ll be able to connect to company networks easily and more securely with Domain Join.

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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.**

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Helps protect against identity theft and malicious software with SmartScreen Filter. Movies, TV, and videos look better and run more smoothly.

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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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My2Cents says:

Great Laptop – User must change WiFi power settings! I got this new Series 9 and immediately noticed the horrifically slow wifi. I searched and found many users having the same problem with this and earlier versions of the Series 9. I almost returned it, and then found that the problem is in the power management settings. The problem is when you are on battery power (not plugged in) the laptop uses the power saving settings. The default “maximum power saving” setting for wifi is WAY underpowered. I found that moving it up one click to “Medium power saving” fixed the wifi and at that setting it is faster than my other PCs. I don’t know how much this effects battery life at this point, but it doesn’t matter because there is no way to use wifi at the default setting. Good luck!fyi – you must change the power setting via the Control Panel power settings, the Samsung provided Easy Systems Settings does not allow you to change the wifi power setting.

Maestro Jim says:

Love this machine The first review for this Series 9 model (A03) said it all in the title – Best Laptop on the Market.More and more, computer marketing is all about mass market appeal and has moved away from technical specs, but technical specs DO still matter, ESPECIALLY in ultrabooks, which thanks to improved Intel graphics in Ivy Bridge are right on the cusp of being able to play modern games (albeit at lower settings). Nobody cares about paying more for 10-15% extra performance on desktops anymore, but that can make a huge difference in an ultrabook if you suddenly get the urge to use it like a real computer, and is worth a premium IMO. And the specs on this Series 9 model A03 should ensure such a performance advantage over most other ultrabooks on the market.This model of the Series 9, the NP900X4C-A03US, simply has it all:* 256GB SSD (most models have either a hybrid SSD/HDD, or only 128GB SSD)* 8GB RAM (the number of ultrabooks on the market offering…

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