Samsung ativ book 9 plus review

The ATIV Book 9 Plus is Samsung’s most impressive sầu ultrabook to date. It carries on from last year’s Samsung Series 9 line, while offering extra features & polishing even more those small details that can make a máy tính great.

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As a premium ultrabooks meant lớn compete with the Apple Macbook Air, the Acer Aspire S7, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 or the Hãng Asus Zenbook Infinity, Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Plus is not going lớn be cheap. But if you’re willing lớn spend North of $1399 for your br& new máy tính, it might be worth every penny.


Anyway, I’ll tell you all the things you need lớn know about this máy vi tính in the rows below, và if you have any extra questions or things khổng lồ add about the Book 9 Plus, feel free khổng lồ leave sầu your phản hồi at the over of the post.

Before we start though, it’s worth noting that at the time I’m writing this article, Samsung only confirmed a 13.3 inch version of the Book 9, scheduled lớn be available in stores by the end of August 2013. That means no 15 inch version is in sight yet, but I’ll update the article if this is going lớn change in the future.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus specs

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Screen13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 px resolution, IPS, touchscreen
ProcessorIntel Haswell Vi xử lý Core i5/i7 ULV processor
Videointegrated Intel 4400 HD
Memory4-8 GB DDR3
Storage128-256 GB SSD
ConnectivityWireless N, Bluetooth
Ports2xUSB 3.0, SD thẻ reader, micro HDXiaoMi MI, mini VGA
Baterryup khổng lồ 12 h
Operating systemWindows 8
Size13.6 milimet thichồng (0.55 inches)
Weightabout 1.35 kg (3 pounds)
Extrasstarts at $1399

Design, keyboard and ports

Aesthetically, the new ATIV Book 9 looks a lot like last year’s version, but that’s not a bad thing, as it’s still one of the sleekest and thinnest ultrabooks out there, with only a 13.6 milimet waist in its thickest point.

On top of that, metal is used for the entire case, which does help with the overall gorgeous aspect, but with the sturdiness as well, as the body toàn thân doesn’t flex, squeak or crank even when grabbed firmer. The Book 9 however is only going to be available in a dark ash-black color, at least for the time being. Hopefully, more options will be added later.

It’s also worth noting that the new 9 Mã Sản Phẩm is going lớn tip the scales at about 1.35 kilos (or 3 pounds), & that’s a bit heavier than last year’s model & even slightly heavier than its direct competitors, but I doubt you’ll actually be bothered by that in practice.


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The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus – the best Samsung Ultrabook right now


Lifting the lid cover, you’ll find a spacious trackpad, also covered in aluminum, plus what looks lượt thích an unchanged keyboard và trackpad. The trackpad was alright on the Series 9, but the illuminated keyboard was quite shallow & needed some time khổng lồ get used khổng lồ, something that hasn’t unfortunately changed on the ATIV Book 9.

Screen

The screen is brand new though, và what a screen it is. Samsung mounted a 13.3 inch touchscreen on their new top ultrabooks, with an high-quality IPS panel & a whooping 3200 x 1600 px resolution.

In theory, that sounds great. In practice though, the glossy display is going to be annoying lớn use outside, in bright light. Besides that, 3200 x 1600 px on a 13.3 inch computer running Windows feels like overkill to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a svào advocate of high-mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa screens, but given Window’s scaling limitations, you might actually need a microscope lớn be able lớn use this one in the classic desktop mode.

What vị you think?

Oh, & as a cool extra, the screen leans flush on the bachồng of the laptop, and that’s going to come in handy when using the device in bed or on the couch.

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An awesome screen that completely leans on the baông chồng – via PC Advisor


Hardware, specs and performances

Hardware wise, the ATIV Book 9 Plus bundles several Hãng sản xuất Intel Haswell configurations, with Chip Core i5 and i7 processors, 4 to 8 GB of RAM và 128 or 256 GB SSDs. Unfortunately, all the available configs mention Intel’s HD 4400 graphics, so you’re not getting that HD 5000 Iris boost on this máy tính, at least not for the time being.

Even so, the Book 9 should easily handle all of your daily tasks, while facing multimedia tasks and maybe some light gaming as well.

Battery Life, connectivity & other things

With Haswell onboard, Samsung claims their Book 9 Plus will be able to run for up to lớn 12 hours on a charge. In practice, that’s a bit OFF, as in everyday use, you should expect lớn get around around 6-7 or so hours on a charge, and while other ultrabooks will last longer, that’s still a solid performance in my book.

That aside, the 2012 Series 9 mã sản phẩm had some wireless problems, & as a response, Samsung included Intel’s 7260 WiFi module on the new Book 9 Plus, which seems lớn solve the reception issues, based on what most buyers have been posting online.

Prices & availability

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus starts at $1399 in the US and for that kind of money we’re getting an Intel Chip Core i5-4200U Haswell processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. You can spec up the unit of course, but that will quickly drive up the prices.

That makes the Book 9 Plus one of the priciest 13 inch ultrabooks out there, with only the Asus Zenbook Infinity UX301LA matching its starting price. The Acer Aspire S7 sells for around $1300 these days, with 8 GB of RAM, while similarly equipped SOny Vaio Pro 13, Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro or Apple Macbook Air laptops sell for under $1200.

I bởi vì expect the Book 9 Plus khổng lồ get some discounts though, and I’ll danh mục them all over here.

Wrap-up

All in all, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is for sure an impressive sầu machine. There’s really little you won’t lượt thích about it, and I have sầu the shallow keyboard in mind here or the miniaturized ports along the sides.

Samsung improved all the negative sầu aspects of their previous Series 9, like the screen và wireless issues, while keeping the sleek design và upgrading the hardware to the lakiểm tra Hãng Intel platforms, which doesn’t necessary equal improved performances, but mostly longer battery life.


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Plenty lớn lượt thích about the ATIV Book 9, but can these justify the high price tag? – via Anandtech


At the kết thúc of the day though, the ATIV Book 9 is more expensive sầu than nearly all of its rivals. And a lot more expensive sầu than the most popular 13 inch ultraportable of the moment, the Macbook Air. Is it really worth the $300 extra? If you want the sharp touchscreen, then yes, as the MBA can’t compete here. If you can live sầu without it though, the Book 9 is going khổng lồ be a hard sell against Apple’s ultraportable.