Live Review Videos and Notes – Samsung Series 9 900X1B

Posted on 05 December 2011, Last updated on 16 January 2020 by

Samsung 900X1B (23)The live review and Q&A with the Samsung 900X1B went well on Saturday and we got through the 2 hours without any major issues or showstoppers cropping up. Battery life during the 2 hours was good at a projected 6hrs which included constant Wi-Fi and even some high-performance mode gaming. Wi-Fi, something that’s been highlighted by others as an issue on the 900X1B was stable but in a test across a couple of walls to a remote hotspot we confirmed that the throughput was poor. That’s the only potential issue on the 900X1B, the rest of the device was perfect, as long as you don’t mind those mini and micro ports and adaptors.

The 900X1B looks great, feels solid, performs well, is surprisingly efficient, light, quiet, has an amazing screen and keyboard and with no moving parts is a real contender for an ultra-portable. Only the power adaptor annoys. At 300gm it’s heavier and bigger than it needs to be. You might find a lighter power pack that would be more useful on a day away from the mains power.

The 900X1B is also available with a Core i5 1.6Ghz CPU and 128GB storage for a more carefree user experience and the prices have come down recently although it remains a premium product.

As usual, the live review was captured on video. Quality isn’t exactly HD but if you’re close to buying a Series 9 or considering a UX21, I really recommend watching. In fact, in my opinion, the 900X1B beats the Asus UX21 and is a good contender in the ultra-portable space.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. RKW says:

    Great review Steve. Keep up the fantastic work!

  2. vjachi says:

    After the release of the 2nd gen, the 1st gen have dropped prices and can be now found for about 1 000$. If the ivy bridge get delayed and 2nd gen ultrabooks come again with sandys I’ll definitely buy the 1st gen of ultrabooks, because they aren’t bad. In that case I doubt between the toshiba and samsung. In Bulgaria it’s really hard to find some of these, only orders everywhere so I can’t compare them and you got them both. What do you think about the samsung? I don’t like much the toshiba’s design – so much free space between the body and the screen…I also want a good screen, and the toshiba’s isn’t the best. As student I will type a lot so I’m also concerned about the keyboards. Both looks really well, but on videos only you know . My biggest concern is also the battery life. I’ll need it, but I just don’t like the HP. If I remember toshiba lasted about 400min on 50% brightness and wi-fi on. Can the Samsung give me 5+h typing and wi-fi on power saving mode and 40-50% brightness?
    Samsung’s wi-fi problems got resloved in a patch, and toshiba’s fan noise got resloved with the new bios. So what do you think about them?

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