As notebooks go, the Samsung 9-series Ultrabook is the definition of slim. It measures
14.9mm thick, with the edges tapering down to about half that. Slim
is good, slim is great... but going too slim means there's no room for standard
data ports and video connections.
On the graph chart
of life, eventually the lines representing "sleek and slim"
intersect with "inconvenient dongles needed" and notebook portability starts to get
saddled with adaptors, dongles and special micro-cables. When this happens, the slim, thin and portable
notebook finds itself accompanied by an unsightly bag full of all the adaptors or special cables
it needs to interference with monitors, wired Ethernet and HD Televisions. On the
Samsung NP900X4C-A02 Ultrabook, everything, save for the USB and headphone jacks requires
an adaptor or mini-cable version.
Along the left hand side of the Samsung
9-series ultrabook are ports for the notebooks' DC power adaptor, a chargeable USB
2.0 port (for recharging a smart phone via USB), a 1.8" headphone/mic jack,
micro-HDMI video output, mini-connector for the supplied RJ45 wired LAN dongle
and internal microphone hole.
Shown with the RJ-45 LAN dongle and DC power
supply connected to their respective ports. The spacing is tight, add a
headphone jack and USB cable and it gets difficult to access individual
connectors. The RJ-45 wired LAN dongle comes with a dust cap to protect the mini
connector end, so tossing it in your bag when it's
not needed shouldn't be a problem.
the right side of the Samsung NP900X4C-A02 ultrabook we find the mini-VGA out
adaptor which requires a dongle (not included) before a second external display
can be connected. There are also two USB 3.0 ports for standard SuperSpeed USB
3.0 thumb drives or external hard drives.
As far as ports and connectors
go, that's it. There is one little trap door on the bottom of the notebook, just a
few inches down from the speaker grills.
Right below the minn-VGA dongle port is a SDHC 4-in-1 memory card reader, hidden
conveniently behind a self closing trap door to keep out the dust.
The back of the display is plain aluminum, except for
the sparkly Samsung logo.
The bottom of the Samsung 9-Series notebook is flush,
with no access bays to reach memory, hard drive, mSATA cards, mPCI-E cards or
even the battery. The only three things which grace this pressed aluminum sheet
metal surface are a couple of cooling vents, a speaker grill on either side and
the 4-in-1 card reader slot.
Speaking of Sound
The built in speakers are tucked away on the rear of the Samsung 9-series notebook and
are fairly powerful when the volume is boosted all the way up. Sound
quality was actually better than expected, with significantly less 'tinny' sound coming from
the 2W speakers than you would expect. At moderate volume the speakers are
well up to the task of playing music. Bass is generally absent from the music,
but at least the sound was clear and distortion free up to about %75 of the
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