Samsung include a recovery media disk, a printed quick
start guide, AC/DC power adaptor and RJ-45 Ethernet cable dongle with the
NP900X4C-A02 Ultrabook. Given that the external monitor hook up is miniaturized,
Samsung ought to have provided a mini-DVI display adaptor as well, as it stands
you'll have to buy this part separately.
On the software front, we found a trial installation for
Microsoft Office 2010, Cyberlink YouCam for the embedded web camera, a trial
version of Norton Internet Security/Online Backup, Skype 5.8 and some
miscellaneous applications. The full list of programs, bloatware, trialware and
Samsung management applications are illustrated below:
All notebooks come installed with software tools designed
to make owning and operating the laptop "easier" and more "convenient." By and
large, these software tools amalgamate standard Windows configuration options
into one area, wrapped in friendly graphics and dotted with big, GUI buttons.
The line between bloatware and configurationware is a fine one that Samsung
weaves across willy nilly. To us at PCSTATS it would make more sense if all
these tools were combined into ONE single administrative software tool, but I
Under the Start Menu > All Programs > Samsung folder we find the following management
applications pre-loaded: Easy File Share, Easy Migration, Easy Settings, Easy
Software Manager, Easy Support Center, E-POP, Interactive Guide, Multimedia POP,
Samsung Fast Boot, Samsung Recovery Solution 5, Software Launcher and User
Of these, Samsung Fast Boot
is interesting because it turns on Intel Rapid Start Technology. Samsung Recovery Solution is important for making a
back up of the pre-installed operating system should you ever need to recover
the entire OS to a factory installed state. The User
Guide certainly saves paper, Samsung have gone for a flashy semi-animated
guide with this notebook. The Easy Settings tool
allows quick access to the Wireless LAN configuration (a key tool for compact
notebooks), management of secondary Displays, the sound card and so forth.
On with the benchmarks!