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The ATIV Book 9 Edition is a good Ultrabook in its own right: It's well-designed and thin and light for its size, with solid performance, long battery life and a comfortable keyboard-trackpad combo. It's also a clear improvement over its predecessor, and so it deserves an even better score. That said, it's awfully expensive for what it is: $1,500 is just the starting price here, and for the money, you get the same performance you'd expect on a machine that costs hundreds of dollars less. The battery life is only modestly longer than what smaller models are capable of, and the screen is decidedly less pixel-dense, to boot. All in all, the only things really distinguishing this from the competition are its unusually big screen and its unusually strong audio quality. If neither of those things is crucial, you're better off sizing down and spending less on a 13-inch system.

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Engadget Jul 18, 2014

The ATIV Book 9 Edition is one of the only 15-inch Ultrabooks available right now, and it's a fine product indeed ... It's expensive for what it is, though, particularly considering cheaper models offer superior screen quality and similar performance.

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8.0
PC World Jul 15, 2014

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 is one of the sexiest laptops to come through the Lab this year, but it's expensive for the processing power, memory, storage, and video resolution it has to offer. If you're passionate about high-quality audio, this laptop's premium price tag is probably justified.

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8.0
PC Mag Jun 27, 2014

The Samsung Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition should be on your short list if you want a premium, long-lasting ultrabook, but don't need a higher-than-HD display.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 13, 2014

With its long battery life, solid performance, gorgeous display and attractive design, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2014 Edition) is a strong choice for anyone looking for a highly portable 15-inch notebook.

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8.0
CNET Jul 29, 2014

A big-screen ultrabook with a long, long battery life, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition delivers a high-end laptop experience for its premium price.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Jul 15, 2014

Resolution has fallen from quad HD to mere 1080p, but otherwise Samsung's ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition boasts everything we loved about the Book 9 Plus—a svelte aluminum shape, stellar keyboard, crystal-clear audio, and great battery life—in a larger 15.6-inch build.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Jun 4, 2014

The latest Ultrabook from Samsung's popular ATIV 9-series has high ambitions and cannot only convince with its design. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks as well that prevent a very good rating, although the most annoying issue could be solved with a simple update.

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7.0
Digital Trends Jun 7, 2014

Brilliantly engineered, the ATIV Book 9 is hampered by a CPU that can be found in systems that sell for a third of Samsung’s $1,499 MSRP.

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PC Mag Jan 6, 2014

The display has been upgraded from the already stunning 3,200-by-1,800 Quad HD+ display seen on the Ativ Book 9 Plus to a brighter version of the same display, boasting wider viewing angles (up to 178 degrees) and less glare thanks to a new low-reflective coating.

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Laptop Magazine Jan 6, 2014

Samsung’s going premium for the new year, phasing out lower-end notebook models such as the ATIV Book 5 in favor of the new ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 9, 2014

It's not just the screen that has been improved. Workaholics will enjoy the boost in battery life - now a promised 14 hours, while typists can benefit from a newly designed and enhanced keyboard and trackpad.

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NotebookReview Jan 7, 2014

Thanks to the addition of Intel Haswell CPUs, the same battery that got you 10 hours previously will get you 14 hours this year.

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TechRadar Jan 8, 2014

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 for 2014 isn't a mind blowing revolution on the previous model, but it's the smaller changes that make it an exciting rig. Coming in lighter than its main competitor and bumping up screen size is certainly no small feat for Samsung.

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