Monday, June 25, 2012

Battle of the Screens: Samsung Series 9 np900x4c versus Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A - Samsung wins.

To avoid light bias, I took these two notebooks to a closed dark room (bathroom) and snapped some shots comparing the two screens. Both are set to maximum brightness (and I moved the mouse every 15 seconds to avoid screen dimming).

I have to give brownie points to Asus for the much cheaper price point and for including a microVGA-> VGA adapter and sleeve, but have to totally give the win to Samsung. Better battery life, upgradeable, and a much better (read: brighter) screen. Refer to my previous post to see how the 15" and 13" Samsung Series 9 machines compare.

As I expected, 1920x1080 resolution is too fine. I have 20/15 vision (better than normal) and I'm sorry, there is no way I want such high resolution on a 13".


  1. Thanks for these pics - very helpful. I've been trying to decide between these two for over a week now.

    My only remaining concern is that the Samsung display may be a bit over-saturated for my preferences. Contrary to your conclusion, I actually prefer the Asus in your pics. To each his own I guess.

    Any chance you'd be willing to do another comparison after recalibrating with John Ratsay's display profile?

    1. Unfortunately I returned the Zenbook - by default it was a bit less saturated - lmk if some shots of the 15" alone with John's profile would be useful!

  2. Will, can you tell me if Samsung has a glossy "glare" screen? It seems this tidbit is very hard to find. My test would be sit in a room with flourscent lights and tilt the screen so it reflects the light in your eye. (yes, I'm a matte display fan)

  3. All the 2012 ss9 machines have a matte screen. I agree matte is way better

  4. I saw your comment on and decided to give you some input. I would "refine" the build quality/ esthetics a little more. I recommend doing them in Brushed stainless steel or brushed allie with a coat of varnish on, because that stuff stains easily! How it will look in terms of material:

    Look at the backplates he made 1/3 of the way down the page.

  5. Though darker, the colors on UX31a look more natural than on NP900x4c. Anyone would disagree?

  6. You say the Asus full HD (1080) 13,3" screen is way too much. How do you feel about the Samsung s9 13,3" 1600*900? A bit too much either? Thanks!