One of the high-end, premium laptops of 2016 is Samsung NP900X5L-K02US. It’s a neat-looking powerhouse with components such as Core i5 processor and solid-state drive to please power users and professionals who require only the best. Indeed, the high price would indicate this notebook is golden, but I can surely see some flaws in it.
Is it good for a casual user?
Samsung NP900X3L-K06US is more than enough for a casual user, it’s more of a power user laptop. There is the Intel Core i5-6200U processor under the hood, a dual-core unit with 2.3GHz base frequency and 2.8GHz clock speed. It receives ~3900 points in CPU Mark test, a very good feat for a laptop. It’s a processor rather for heavy use (image editing, programming, multitasking) than for lightweight activities like web browsing and paper writing.
The above is further reinforced by the fact that there’s 8GB system memory installed, an amount that should make a power user proud. It’s integrated onboard to save some space, but the downside is, you can not upgrade it. This should not however be a problem since 8GB is enough for 99.9% of users – I don’t know anybody that would get a visible performance boost from more.
Storage is just what you could expect from this kind of machine, a 256GB solid-state drive hooked to M.2 interface. There are no free slots for extra drives, but quarter terabyte SSD should get you going. It will boot up Windows in about 6 seconds to desktop, also opening programs such as browser and MS Office will happen in a blink of an eye (as opposed to slower platter-based hard drives).
Is it good for a gamer?
Gaming can be a bit tricky on Samsung NP900X3L-K06US. It has no dedicated graphics card, there’s just no space for one in such a small system. Instead, the notebook relies on integrated Intel HD 520 with which the division is this: you can play many games, but settings need to be turned low. For example, you can fire up GTA 5 and get a decent 30FPS, but that will only happen if settings are normal (meaning the lowest in that game) and resolution 1366×768. Another example, Counter-Strike: Go would get higher frame rates even if you upped the eye candy.
Is it also possible to connect peripherals?
Samsung NP900X3L-K06US surely accepts a device or two. The set of connections is of course limited, after all this is a small ultrabook with not much space for ports. To begin with, there are two USB ports all in all (both 3.0), so select wisely if you have many peripherals or get USB hub.
Video outputs include mini VGA and Micro HDMI so many kinds of monitors are supported, just remember to get a proper cable between (one that works with the laptop’s micro HDMI, not standard HDMI).
For audio you will get the microphone/headphones port.
Not every ultrabook contains RJ-45 port, but this notebook does. Don’t worry though, there is also a nice 802.11ac Wireless LAN adapter that supports Bluetooth 4.1.
If you want to use discs you will need to use an external optical drive as there is no built-in DVD burner here. SD card slot is available.
What other benefits does it offer?
Samsung NP900X3L-K06US has a small if high-quality anti-glare display. The diagonal is 13.3 inches and maximum resolution 1920×1080 – the perfect combination for compact but high screen estate use. Touch is not supported. Brightness is 400 nits, a good amount for both indoor and outdoor use.
The 2-cell 30Wh battery is advertised to last for 10 hours, in reality people have been reporting 8 hours (web browsing) which is very decent for an ultrabook.
The notebook includes a 720p webcam, you can have a Skype chat or shoot a YouTube video with that.
The keyboard features backlight.
Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
Samsung NP900X3L-K06US would be a good choice for power users who really appreciate all the fine details, such as Full HD resolution and solid-state drive, in their laptops. This thing won’t run slow no matter what software you use, although gaming is still limited due to integrated graphics card. You can also call this a true ultrabook because of the 13″ screen, in addition the weight is very low 1.9 pounds – so on-the-go people will find this Samsung useful as well. All in all, if premium is what you’re after, and gaming is not your cup of tea, then choosing this laptop would be something to seriously think about.