Samsung 900X3A Impressions, Video. Live Review on 30th June

Updated on 10 July 2011 by

I posted some first impressions  overview video and of the Samsung 900X3A over at today and it’s embedded below. Those of you that are interested in seeing this live (in terms of processing power / efficiency Sandy Bridge is worth taking a look at) see the details below.

UPDATE: Full Samsung 900X3A review and live review videos now live!. Click here.

Live Session Announcement

If you’ve been to any of the live review sessions at UMPCPortal or Carrypad you’ll know we offer a unique service. We’ll sit down with a device for a few hours, put a few cameras on it, start a chat session and run a live, detailed open review where you can ask questions and get all the answers you need.

That’s what I’ll be doing with the Samsung 900X3A on Thursday evening at 2100 (Berlin time) at

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It’s free, it’s open and some of it is even recorded but if you want to ask specific questions and watch the input from other people in the chat room, you’ll need to be there!

Follow @ultrabooknews for late-breaking info and reminders in the run-up to the session on Thursday.

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9 Comments For This Post

  1. Peter says:

    Hey Steve,

    das ist großartig. Zwei Tage sind genug Zeit um die Live-Show auf gar keinen Fall zu verpassen.


  2. Chippy says:

    See you there!

  3. Gearsguy says:

    Ugh why do live reviews always have to be on a weekday! I work monday-friday :(

  4. Chippy says:

    Ha. funny. That’s when I do too :-)

  5. DavidC1 says:

    Chippy, the battery capacity is 46.6WHr(7.4V/6300mAH) for the Samsung 900X3A.

    Reviews show that this notebook underperforms other laptops with similar CPU by 20% in graphics and 10% in CPU.

  6. Chippy says:

    are you are this isn’t a 3 series cells device. it might explain why I’m seeing 7.5watt average drain under web, casual use and image editing and about 7hrs battery when, with what I thought was a 64wh battery, I was expecting 10 or more!

    The kicker though, to repeat anandtech, is that it is beating a netbook for casual use which I usually peg at 8-9W. Let me double check battery figures. Thanks.

  7. Chippy says:

    there could be two battery types. Here’s Samsung highlighting a 66wh battery.

  8. Chippy says:

    Another checkpoint:
    Perfmon is indicating that the capacity is 46600 of something. I assumed it was mah but it could be delivering mWh figures which would make sense and match with drain and even device size and weight.

  9. DavidC1 says:

    I’d love it if you address the power management. Particularly interesting is the quote from here:

    Last Paragraph: The other interesting piece of information is that with Core 2 and Core 2010, we always achieved maximum battery life by setting the CPU to run at 0% minimum and 0% maximum in the advanced power settings (as opposed to 0% min/100% max). With Sandy Bridge, idle battery life still benefits slightly, but it’s within the margin of error (425 vs. 429 minutes); H.264 playback is also within the margin of error (261 vs. 267 minutes), but this time setting the CPU to 0% min/100% max results in the higher battery life. The real kicker is the Internet test: set to 0/0%, the K53E lasted 311 minutes compared to 360 minutes at 0/100%. In other words, with Sandy Bridge it looks like the “hurry up and go to sleep” principle is finally working as intended.

    So it might turn out at 800MHz, you’ll get worse battery life than with the settings at default. It isn’t clear from the review if they are running at max battery mode or balanced.

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