- Editor's Rating
- Exceptionally thin and light for a 15-inch notebook
- Excellent battery operation time
- Robust and stylish construction
- Exceptionally large trackpad
- Non-premium display in a premium notebook
- Needs special dongles for the network and display devices
- Weak Wi-Fi performance and fairly noisy fan when under load (for me, not everyone)
Quick TakeThe Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C is one of the few large screen notebooks in the Ultrabook format and offers a 15" matte display with 1600 x 900 resolution in an exceptionally thin chassis.
The 15-inch Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C is a larger-than average Ultrabook with a thin profile, beautiful design and excellent battery life. Predecessor of the smaller 13.3\” Samsung NP900X3B, the notebook shares a strong resemblance to the earlier model though it sports a unique 15\” matte display with 1600 x 900 resolution.
One of the first things users will notice is how thin the notebook is, especially given the 15\” display. Fortunately, the thinness has not come at the expense of integrity, as the machine feels robust and solid. Along with the large 15\” display users will also enjoy the wide simplistic touchpad. The touchpad houses no buttons, instead the different regions of the pad correspond to desired functions (i.e. clicking the left portion of the pad will result in a left click, while clicking the right side will result in a right click). The pad also supports one, two, three, and four finger gestures including scrolling and zoom. Another strong feature of this device is its long lasting battery life. The 62Whr (7.4V, 8400mAh) battery can potentially last up to 10 hour of use (though receiving 9-7 hours is far more realistic).
While the display of the 15\” NP900X4C does offer an impressive 1600 x 900 pixel matte finish, it falls off in comparison to the Samsung\’s PLS panel in the NP900X3B, which offers fantastic viewing angles. The X4C visuals by contrast looks washed out when viewed from an upward angle and darkens when viewed from a lower angle. The display certainly is not something to scoff at, but it is not what you would expect from a laptop in this price range. Wi-Fi performance has also proved to be lackluster, as the X4C often struggles to maintain a solid connection and speeds even within the small radius of a domestic home. Not surprising the NP900X4C (like other Ultrabooks) has a sparse offering of ports. All together there are one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, and an audio socket, a gigabit ethernet port and micro HDMI and VGA ports (which needs a special adapter). Even more concerning than the lack of ports is how closely their placed to one another, wide devices such as certain flash drives may not be able to fit due to the clutter.
The NP900X4C is the perfect device for users who want portability without give up display size and should prove to be a noteworthy replacement for the ThinkPad T420s.