Samsung ATIV Book 9 NP900X3K-K01US

Samsung has recently unveiled a new iteration of the ATIV ultrabook series, the Book 9 NP900X3K-K01US. Upgraded from last year’s version, this premium, thin and elegant laptop comes at a list price of $1699, so not exactly cheap, but with great features and specs.

The main improvement comes from the processing unit: they’ve fitted a brand new 5th generation Intel Core i7-5500U CPU which is capable enough, but not nearly as fast as many of its portable counterparts. It registers an average CPU mark of 3941 on cpubenchmark.net. The installed system memory of 8GB is not upgradeable, but that’s not an issue since it’s more than enough for what this ultrabook was designed to do. Add in the 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive and you end up with a multitasking monster capable of handling even the most demanding tasks of any computer savvy, power user.

The display department is where this product really shines. It has a marvelous QHD+ display which will give you a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels on a 13.3 inches screen. A simple calculation shows us this screen has a pixel density of 282 PPI, comparable with some of the leading smartphone brands’ flagship devices, where screen quality is a paramount requirement. Browsing the internet or editing photos, you’ll have an enriched experience thanks to the next generation display of the ATIV ultrabook.

Being so slim (just 0.53 inches), the Samsung comes with only an integrated video card, so playing any recently launched games will be out of the question. The wireless card benefits from the latest 802.11ac protocol and also from the 2×2 antenna. Signal strength and internet speed will be of no issue, whether you’re in a cafe, or in a far room away from your home router.

Being a Samsung device, the ATIV Book 9 NP900X3K-K01US also comes with the “Samsung SideSync” technology, which allows users to seamlessly use their laptop and their Samsung Android device to sync files or share screens either way. A good feature for business professionals who need to quickly share presentations or those who want to switch devices quickly while on the run.

Design-wise, this ultrabook has one of the best looking chassis we’ve seen. It’s slim, lightweight, made of aluminum and beautifully balanced all across. The airy keyboard layout allows for easy typing while being elegantly and discretely back lit. A true portable laptop and a real winner.

Technical Specifications



Product Samsung ATIV Book 9 NP900X3K-K01US
Details Click here to check prices on Amazon
PROCESSOR
CPU Name Intel Core i7-5500U
CPU Type Dual Core
CPU Speed 2.4GHz up to 3.0GHz
Chipset Broadwell (5th generation)
CPU Cache 4MB L3
SYSTEM MEMORY
Installed Memory 8GB
Maximum Memory 8GB
Memory Type DDR3L @ 1600Mhz
Total Memory Slots 1
STORAGE
Storage Capacity 256GB
Storage Type mSATA SSD
Storage Technology SATA3
DISPLAY
Screen Size 13.3″
Screen Type QHD+ LCD
Resolution 3200 x 1800
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Technology SuperBright+
Touchscreen No
GRAPHICS
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics 5500
Graphics Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
AUDIO & VIDEO
Audio Technology HD Audio/Dolby Home Theater
Speakers 2 x 1.5W Speakers
Webcam 720p HD
WIRELESS
Wireless LAN 802.11ac
Wireless LAN Card Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174/NFA354
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
INTERFACE
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0
Sleep-and-Charge USB Yes
HDMI Micro HDMI
VGA Available with separate dongle
Headphone/Mic Yes, audio combo
Multi Card Slot 3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
LAN (RJ45) Yes
INPUT DEVICES
Touch Pad Multi-Gesture Support
Number of Keys 80
Backlit Keyboard Yes
BATTERY
Battery Type 4 Cell Li-Polymer
Battery Capacity 5880 mAh
Maximum Battery Life Up to 10 hours
Other Features
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 12.35″ x 8.60″ x 0.53″
Weight 2.36 lbs
Warranty 1-Year Parts and Labor

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Pros:

  • Good CPU, RAM and storage device
  • Exceptional display
  • Great battery life
  • Lightweight
  • Premium materials
  • Elegant and understated

Cons:

  • No dedicated graphics card
  • System memory is not upgradeable
  • Quite pricey

 

As the price tag suggests, this is a laptop designed for business professionals and/or people who travel a good deal and need a powerful enough machine without compromising portability and functionality. Thus, the ergonomically designed Samsung ATIV Book 9 NP900X3K-K01US is a great choice for those who want performance and portability.


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