This page provides reviews and other infos about the laptop series Samsung ATIV Book 9. This page provides reviews and other infos about the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus of the series ATIV Book 9 laptop. Samsung has for a while produced some of the most desirable ultra-portable laptops – MacBook Air alternatives, if you will – and its latest.
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The Samsung ATIV Book 9 is a compact laptop with a stunning display and good overall performance, but it suffers from short battery life. The ATIV Book 9 Plus is a real eye-opener of an ultraportable. Featuring a inch Quad-HD+ touch screen, an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a GB SSD, the Samsung is well-equipped. Our review unit, the NPX3G-K03US ($1, on site), comes with a 4th generation Intel Core. The ATIV Book 9 is a brand for group of computers that are part of ATIV laptop computer product line from Samsung Electronics Inc. Book 9 is the flagship.
On May 4, , Samsung Electronics also introduced It had same design identity, specification and exterior material as the The thickness remained the same but the weight was lighter at 1. Two months later, an updated CPU version with Intel Core iM was introduced to the Korean market to test the market perception of a smaller screen laptop. The original intention was to compete against MacBook Air line up with same screen size models, but due to sluggish demand of smaller screen size model, the inch model was ceased by the end of the year and consequently, the global release was canceled as well. Newly developed inch model superseded the inch model in order to meet the larger-screen preference of the Korean market and later, it was introduced worldwide. Design was refined and the material of the enclosure was changed from duralumin to aluminium single-shell body.
The added brightness made watching videos outside on a sunny day much easier, although the sun's rays did cause inevitable glare on the screen. Lenny Kravitz's "New York City" was clear and balanced as it filled my entire living room.
Heat Samsung's ultraportable stays cool on top but gets toasty on the bottom.
On the Laptop Mag Heat Test, which involves streaming HD video from Hulu for 15 minutes, the touchpad hit 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and the space between the G and H keys measured 88 degrees. The underside, however, reached 99 degrees, which is above our degree comfort threshold. Ports and Webcam This ultra-slim, ultraportable notebook is ultra-sparse when it comes to ports. The notebook's pixel HD webcam takes decent selfies, but with bland colors and blurry details.
While my skin tone was accurate, my long brown hair blended into itself with no definition. Performance Powered by a 0.
Featuring 4GB of RAM and GB of storage, the system easily handled 12 Chrome tabs, playing video, streaming music and downloading large email attachments. The notebook was quick to match 20, names with their corresponding addresses in our OpenOffice test, completing the task in 5 minutes and 42 seconds.
That's slower than the XPS 13 We played World of Warcraft at x resolution on auto settings, and the ATIV Book 9 registered a playable-but-not-great 31 frames per second. But when we upped to resolution to p, the notebook slowed to an unplayable 17 fps. On the Laptop Mag Battery test, which involves surfing the Web at nits, the notebook clocked in at 6 hours and 23 minutes.
Samsung promises up to 12 hours and 30 minutes of battery life for this notebook, so it really falls short. I love SideSync, a program that lets you view your Galaxy smartphone or tablet's screen on the notebook.
It comes in handy when you want to access the apps on your phone when it's sitting across the room. Samsung added a number of security features to this notebook, such as a drawing lock code, which will prompt you to draw with your finger on the trackpad to gain access to the notebook.
You can also disable recording from the camera and microphone, so no one you're chatting with can stealthily record you without your knowledge.
But the best feature for thwarting prying eyes is Secret Screen, activated by pressing Fn This feature makes your active window semi-translucent and harder for people to see what you're doing over your shoulder. The ATIV Book 9 comes with a one-year limited hardware warranty that covers manufacturer defects, but it doesn't cover damage from accidental drops or spills.
The design is carried over from Samsung's proto-ultrabook, the Samsung Series 9, which helped define the new thin and light category, and it's bolstered with one of Intel's high-performance, highly efficient fourth-generation Core i5 processors and a speedy solid-state drive SSD.
Design The obvious place to start discussing the Book 9 Plus is the display, since it so easily grabs your attention the moment you power on the laptop. The The high-resolution display isn't just better than HD, it's better than just about anything. The most immediate comparison to come to mind is the Apple MacBook Pro inch Retina Display , with its Retina display, but there have also been a couple of premium laptops sold in recent months with higher than p displays, like the Toshiba Kirabook , which ramped the display up to 2,by-1, resolution.
View All 9 Photos in Gallery. Both share a similar sliver-thin design, a minimalist aesthetic, and an aluminum all-metal chassis; though Samsung largely eschews the bare metal look with a dark coat of paint and only a glint of metal along the edges of the chassis.
The slim ultraportable measures 0. Joining the keyboard is a fairly large touchpad, measuring 4 inches wide and 2.
The buttons are incorporated into the touch surface, and the touchpad also supports Windows 8 gestures. To provide a firm backing for the touch screen, the laptop hinge opens smoothly to just past degrees, and then requires more force to open further, similar to the dual-friction hinge used on the Editors' Choice Acer Aspire S The result is a touch screen that holds firm against all of your poking and prodding while still opening and closing without issue.
This lets you open up the ultraportable to an extremely flat degrees, but though you can, I can't for the life of me think of any circumstances in which you would actually want to. Features The narrow edges of the Book 9 Plus don't leave a lot of room for ports, but there's still a pretty good selection.
On either side of the laptop is a full-size USB 3. Also on the left is an SD card slot, which is concealed by a spring loaded cover. However, unlike most port covers used on laptops, this one doesn't pull out, but instead swings in, revealing the card slot when in use and automatically protecting it as soon as the card is removed.
There are also a number of wireless options, with dual-band Finally, when you want to skip the dongles and cables, WiDi 4. If you tend to save images and video, you'll definitely want to pick up an external hard drive, preferably something that takes advantage of the USB 3.
Preinstalled on the hard drive are several programs and applications to accompany Windows 8, but two unique offerings from Samsung stand out. When docked, files sync automatically and can be easily transferred back and forth from phone to PC, but the real magic comes in with goodies like the Virtual Phone, which puts your phone's screen on your laptop and lets you access the phone's functions like text messaging without leaving the desktop, and also lets you use your mouse and keyboard with the phone.
Samsung also includes HomeSync Lite, which lets you use the PC as the central hub of a personal cloud, syncing files between multiple devices. While it skips the fees associated with paid cloud storage, it also is limited by the fact that it's tied to the laptop's local storage, which is still fairly small. Samsung covers the Book 9 Plus with a one-year warranty.
Performance The Book 9 Plus is outfitted with 1. In multimedia tests, the Book 9 Plus finished Handbrake in 1 minute 23 seconds, and cranked through Photoshop in 5: While the performance in gaming tests doesn't indicate any sort of gaming aptitude--the Book 9 Plus couldn't manage playable results at any settings--they do present an improvement over third-generation Intel integrated graphics.
With a 55Wh battery sealed in the chassis, the Book 9 Plus lasted 8 hours 15 minutes in our battery rundown test. This puts it right alongside the Acer Aspire S7, which lasted only 7 minutes longer 8: Regardless, the Book 9 Plus still holds its own against other super-slim Windows ultraportables. Conclusion In terms of performance and battery life, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is in line with other premium ultrabooks, both in performance scores and pricing.
About the only thing I can knock the Book 9 Plus for is the use of ports that require dongles, but that's not so uncommon on thinner ultrabooks. For the price, it matches the portability and performance of the Editors' Choice Acer Aspire S7 and offers the sort of resolution you'll prize when working with photos or enjoying movies. Bottom Line: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1. Brian Westover is an Analyst for the Hardware Team, reviewing laptops, desktops, and storage devices.