Samsung Series 9 NP900X1A (11.6-inch) review: Samsung Series 9 NP900X1A (11.6-inch)

In fact, the older CPU in the 11.6-inch MacBook Air ended up outperforming the 11.6-inch Series 9 in our benchmark tests, although not by a huge margin in most cases. As an example of what the Series 9 could be capable of, Dell's new Alienware M11x has a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5-2537M in an 11-inch chassis, and offers comparable performance to a full-size laptop. In anecdotal use, however, the Series 9 was perfectly fine for Web surfing, working on documents, and media playback, even of full-screen HD video.

Juice box
Samsung Series 9 Avg. watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.33
Sleep (10%) 0.51
Idle (25%) 7.52
Load (05%) 26.16
Raw kWh number 30.11
Annual power consumption cost $3.42

Annual power consumption cost

The Samsung Series 9 ran for 3 hours and 32 minutes in our video-playback battery drain test. That's fine for a 15-inch or larger laptop, but an 11-inch, which is designed for daily travel, needs more. The 11-inch-category MacBook Air ran about 30 minutes longer than that and our 11-inch battery life leader, the HP Pavilion dm1z, ran for 5 hours and 19 minutes in the same test. With a current-gen Intel Core i3 CPU, we suspect the Series 9 would post better battery scores.

Samsung includes a one-year warranty with the Series 9, which is a shame, as the 13-inch Series 9 comes with a three-year warranty. At least Samsung's Web site is easy to navigate, and plugging in our exact model number (NP900X1A) produced a custom page of links and downloads. Support is also available via online chat or at a toll-free number, which is 1-800-726-7864.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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System configurations:

Samsung Series 9 NP900X1A
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.33GHz Intel Core i3-380UM; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 64GB Samsung SSD

Alienware M11x
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.4GHz Intel Core i5-2537M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 540M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.4GHz Intel Core i5-2537M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

HP Pavilion dm1z-3005
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Fusion E-350 Dual-Core; 3,072MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310; 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch
OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard; 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9400 (ULV); 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M; 128GB Apple SSD

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Samsung Series 9 NP900X1A (11.6-inch)

Part Number: NP900X1A-A01US Released: Jun 15, 2011

MSRP: $1,199.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun 15, 2011
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Color black hairline duralumin
  • Weight 2.3 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • CPU Intel Core i3 380UM / 1.33 GHz
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