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Samsung NP900X3A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 422 reviews of Samsung NP900X3A. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the screen and usability are generally positive. The design and performance also get good comments. Views are divided on the price. Many are less positive about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Samsung NP900X3A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 user reviews of Samsung NP900X3A from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on People are impressed by the size and screen. The design and performance also get good comments, but the touchpad and durability get critical views. Reviews are divided on the usability.

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This summary is based on the products: Samsung 900X3A 13.3" Laptop (Intel Core i5 Processor 2530UM, 4GB RAM,128 GB (SSD), ,802.11 b/g/n, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit)Samsung 900X3A 13.3" Laptop (Intel Core i5 Processor 2530UM, 4GB RAM,128 GB (SSD), ,802.11 b/g/n, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit)

Mar, 2019


Expert review by : Ardjuna Seghers (

Samsung Series 9 900X3A


Samsung's metal-clad MacBook Air equivalent packs in a 2nd-gen Core i5 processor, USB 3.0, a backlit keyboard, an excellent screen and an amazing touchpad!

Thin & light ; Duralumin construction ; Amazing screen ; Sandy Bridge internals ; Superb glass touch pad

Not as sexy as the Macbook Air ; Fingerprint magnet ; Expensive

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Rob Temple (

Samsung Series 9 Review: Hands-on


Samsung have tarted up their exceptional Series 9 ultrabook, we stopped by to give it a test drive at CES 2012.

This is a beautiful computer, a luxury option and a suitable alternative to a MacBook Air. Of course it's expensive, good things are.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Samsung 9 Series notebook (900X3A) review


The Samsung 9 Series notebook (900X3A) is beautiful on the outside and smart on the inside. With its super-responsive screen and 4GB of ram, it's the ideal laptop for any technophobe

Sandy bridge tech ; Slender and gorgeous body ; Beautiful screen to finish

Touchpads ; 128GB of storage is stingy

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Holmes (

Samsung Series 9 900X3A


Before you get your hands on the Samsung Series 9 you know it's going to be thin and light, but it's only when you lift it out of the box you realise just how thin and how light it really is and how sleek it feels. The stunning design of the Series 9...

Beautiful, practical and powerful enough to be worth the investment, screen and battery life superb, great backlit keyboard

Pricey, touch pad is finicky, replaceable battery would have been nice

The stunning design of the Series 9 is sleek, slim and sturdy all at the same time. It's amazing that Samsung can pack performance, battery power and the ports you actually need in, along with a great keyboard and screen, plus surprisingly good sound....

Aug, 2011

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Samsung Series 9 900X3A review


Thinner than a MacBook Air, but can the Series 9 justify the extra cost?

An excellent laptop, but the higher performance doesn't quite justify the extra cost compared to a MacBook Air

May, 2011

Expert review by : James Stables (

Samsung Series 9 review


Simply super-looking. But power is sacrificed

Great looks ; Featherweight ; Excellent screen ; Fast resume from sleep ; SSD

Mediocre battery life ; Fiddly trackpad ; Poor graphics ; Pricey

When you think of the thinnest and lightest laptops in the world, a few names immediately spring to mind. For most people, the Apple MacBook Air would be the first, and for those in the know, the first Samsung Series 9 900X3A would be second.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Samsung Series 9 Ivy Bridge laptop review


A thin base that tapers towards the edges allows the Series 9 look impressively thin, and it's not just an illusion: even when taking the rubber feet on the base into consideration, the notebook is only 14mm thick with the lid closed. (If it wasn't for...

Samsung's Series 9 is a stunning laptop that's superbly built, has an excellent screen and which feels good to use. It's the thinnest notebook on the market and among the lightest. Even so, it runs an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU that supplies more than decent...

Jul, 2012


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Samsung Series 9 review


The original Series 9 ultra-portable was the first laptop we'd reviewed which adhered to Intel's Ultrabook specification, even though Samsung wasn't allowed to officially label it as such. We thought it was an exciting sign of things to come, but a few...

The best Windows Ultrabook there is, and an Ultimate award winner

May, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Camm-Jones (

Samsung NP900X3A-B01 review


The Samsung Series 9 notebook was an early attempt to emulate the Apple MacBook Air, and now the Samsung Samsung NP900X3A-B01 has had a small processor boost.

It's such a shame that the Samsung can't squeeze a bit more speed from its processor or more life out of its battery, as it is a rather nice laptop. The backlit keyboard and non-reflective screen make it very easy to use in all kinds of environments....

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Camm-Jones (

Samsung NP900X3A review


The Apple MacBook Air has got competition in the eye-candy stakes, as the Samsung 900X3A nearly matches up to the Apple's slender chassis and classy finish.

Overall, we can't help feeling that the Samsung promises more than it delivers. It's also more than £200 more expensive than the equivalent MacBook Air, so while the Samsung is well-matched with Apple's contender, it doesn't do enough to beat it.

May, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WMA
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD Audio, SRS 3D / HD, SRS 3D / HDA / SoundAlive / SRS / SRS 3D / SRS Premium Sound
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 3
Speaker power:1.5 / 3


Battery Capacity:6300
Battery capacity (Watt hours):46 / 46.6
Battery life (max):5.5 / 6.5 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Rear camera: No
Swivel webcam: No


Certification:TCO / TCO 3.0
Energy Star certified:No / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes


Colour of product:Aluminium / Black / Blue / Gold / Silver / Tungsten
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Plastic / Metal / Plastic
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product colour:Aluminium / Black / Blue / Gold / Silver / Tungsten
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:400
Display diagonal:33.8 / 34
Display number of colours:16.0 / 16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Full HD: No
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:No / Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1200 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard backlit:No / Yes
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:81 / 82 / 87
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Pointing Stick / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes


Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1 / 2


3G: No
4G:No / Yes
4G standard:WiMAX
4G standards:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+EDR / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 100,1000
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT / Gigabit Ethetnet, WLAN / Gigabit LAN, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
SIM card support: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):450
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD Audio, SRS 3D / HD, SRS 3D / HDA / SoundAlive / SRS / SRS 3D / SRS Premium Sound
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):328.5 x 227 x 16.3
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
External display:N
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel
GSM module: No
HD-Ready: Yes
HDD user password: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem: No
Light sensor: No
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power requirements:100 - 240 V / 100 - 240V AC / 100-240 V
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:1.3 / 1.31
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / Wi-Fi / Wireless LAN / Wireless LAN, Bluetooth

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Mouse included:N
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Ambient light sensor: No
Electronic compass: No
GPS (satellite): No
TV tuner integrated:No / Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1
Wireless communication manufacturer:Intel / Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40 / 46
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15 / 16 / 17
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
L2 Cache:3
L3 Cache:3
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:i5-2457M / I5-2467M / I5-2537M / I5-2557M / I7-2617M / i7-2637M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
System bus rate:2.5 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2,0 / 2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54616 / 54618 / 54619 / 54620 / 56858 / I5-2467M / i7-2637M
Processor code:SR03T / SR03W / SR0D6
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD / BIOS, Supervisor / HDD, User
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):No / Yes


Bundled software:+- 1.8 EV / 0-30 g/min / 414 x 373.3 x 342.9 / AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, VOB, WMV / CULus, CCC, RoHS, CE, FCC, Vista, EPA, EPEAT Silver, TUV-bauart, TCO 06 / Infinite Suround / Samsung AllShare \nSamsung Easy File Transfer \nSamsung Easy Settings / Samsung Recovery Solution / Samsung Update Plus\nEasy Display Manager\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nSamsung Support Center / Samsung Update Plus\nEasy Display Manger\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nSamsung Support Center / Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP\nMac
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional
Pre-installed software:Norton Internet Security, Samsung Recovery Solution, Samsung Update Plus, Easy Display Manger, Easy Battery Manager, Easy Network Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Samsung Support Center
Trial software:Norton Internet Security


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD
Hard Drive Capacity:128
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA, SATA / SATA / Serial ATA II
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA II
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.27 / 22.6 / 22.7 / 23 / 32.9
Depth (imperial):22.6
Height :1.6 / 1.63 / 1.65 / 2 / 22.7
Height (front):1.5 / 1.57 / 1.59 / 2 / 6.8
Height (front) (imperial):1.57
Height (imperial):1.63
Height (rear):1.6 / 1.63 / 1.64 / 2
Height (rear) (imperial):1.63
Weight:1 / 1.3 / 1.31 / 1.35 / 1.4
Width:32.8 / 32.9 / 33
Width (imperial):32.5 / 32.8