conclusion:We like it


Samsung's Series 9 laptops may be more expensive than competing models, but they offers a lot for the price, including fast performance and one of the best displays available on a laptop that isn't the MacBook Pro with Retina display. It's one of the thinnest 13-inch laptops on the market, weights just 2.6 pounds, and includes premium features like a backlit keyboard, sleek metal case, and fast solid-state drive. Its biggest downsides are its relatively disappointing battery life — and its price.

Buy It:


90-Day Price History


Critic reviews

7 reviews
  • Speed and features
  • Design and form factor
  • Battery life
  • Display
  • Durability
  • Expandability
  • Noise
  • Portability (size / weight)

sort by

User reviews

3 reviews
Engadget Jul 6, 2012

With a smart design, fast boot-up and long battery life, the Series 9 is among the best Ultrabooks you can buy right now.

Read the full review →
CNET UK Mar 13, 2012

If you want a Windows laptop to impress the boardroom and you have enough money to buy Greece, then the new Series 9 is worth checking out, but it doesn't quite live up to its high price.

Read the full review →
NotebookReview Apr 15, 2012

If you want a slim, light and stylish notebook with a high quality, high resolution display then the 13-inch Samsung Series 9 must be on your shortlist. If you value the display above everything else, then there’s very little competition.

Read the full review →
TrustedReviews Apr 23, 2012

The Samsung Series 9 900X3B is not just the thinnest, lightest 13in laptop in the world, but it’s also the best-looking, best sounding ultraportable we’ve come across...Overall Samsung’s latest ultraportable is worth every penny of its premium price.

Read the full review →
TechRadar Mar 13, 2012

Indeed, for anyone who wants portable style, the only decision is this or the MacBook Air - but you won't be choosing this on price.

Read the full review →
PC Pro Jun 1, 2012

Although it’s the most desirable Ultrabook we’ve yet seen, we can’t help feeling tempted to opt for a MacBook Air, a copy of Windows 7 and a handful of change. It’s good, but not quite good enough.

Read the full review →
Expert Reviews May 9, 2012

This updated Series 9 feels like the version we should have got last year – it has vastly superior build quality, an improved screen and a more sensible chassis layout that makes it feel every inch the premium product it should be.

Read the full review →
ArmpitOfDeath ArmpitOfDeath

A notable, nay huge, overall improvement over last year's NP900X3A, the X3B represents the state of the art for Ultrabook-class devices, with the Air as a better choice only if you need Thunderbolt for high speed storage or driving large displays (assuming you're unable to buy a decent desktop to...

Read the full review →
bartblocker bartblocker

I love the design and look of this Ultrabook. I had the first gen version of this laptop (the black one) and loved it as well but this model steps it up with beautiful design, less sharp corners, and better port accessibility. I find the battery to go 4-5 hours under my usage scenarios, which is...

Read the full review →
carranzam carranzam

Extremely pleased with the Samsung Series 9. Samsung did not fill the hard drive with useless apps other than Norton. Only a few things to complain about: Speakers - I'm not impressed w/the sound quality. However, given the slim profile of the Series 9 I knew this would be a compromise. The...

Read the full review →

How it stacks up

Instantly compare the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3B side by side with some of the top devices on Engadget!

Compare these

Other Samsung laptops / portables

Don't forget to check out these other devices by Samsung, you might find something good!

See all Samsung laptops / portables