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What does it take to make an $800 version of a $1,400 Ultrabook?

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Samsung naturally had to cut corners to make an $800 version of its flagship Ultrabook, but the performance and battery life here are inferior compared to other laptops in this price range.

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    5.9
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    7.2
  • Battery life
    6.9
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    5.6
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    7.2
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    5.5
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    8.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
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    8.0
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    6.0
  • Battery life
    10
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    8.0
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    10
  • Expandability
    6.0
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    8.0
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6.0
Engadget Nov 6, 2013

Yes, it's thinner and lighter than other machines in this class, most of which have slightly bigger screens. But still, what use is a portable system if you have to plug it in every few hours?

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6.0
CNET Sep 26, 2013

Samsung’s latest budget spin on a Windows touch-screen, AMD-powered, ultrabook-esque laptop has some flair, but the corners it cuts aren't worth the money saved.

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6.0
PC World Oct 31, 2013

The Ativ Book 9 Lite is a good notebook if you also own a mobile Samsung device and intend to use the two together; otherwise, it's just average.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 21, 2013

A comfortable typing, tracking and touchscreen experience wrapped up in a portable package. Even if the ATIV Book 9 Lite doesn't quite take our breath away in terms of excitement, for the money it's one of the more favourable laptops out there today. Well worth a look.

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6.0
PC World New Zealand Sep 26, 2013

Fantastic battery life and a lightweight, ultra-thin design are easy to recommend, but low performance and a low-quality screen make the ATIV Book 9 Lite a niche product for users seeking mobility above all else.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Sep 20, 2013

Provided you can tolerate and average screen, this is a great buy. For the money the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite is a smart, stylish and practical laptop with very good battery life.

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8.0
PC Pro Aug 24, 2013

Putting together a serviceable ultraportable for this kind of money is no mean feat, and while the ATIV Book 9 Lite is far from perfect, Samsung has struck a genuinely workable balance.

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6.0
TechRadar Sep 20, 2013

A budget laptop disguised as a premium machine, the lack of an Intel Core processor and second-rate hardware makes this laptop hard to recommend.

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4.0
Digital Versus Sep 20, 2013

The Samsung Series 9 must be rolling in its grave. The performance from the Ativ Book 9 Lite's AMD A6 processor harks back to another era. The screen is irredeemably bad, as are the speakers. If you run into this laptop, keep walking.

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6.0
V3 Aug 29, 2013

Those looking for a device that can do more than your average notebook perhaps won't get what they need from the Ativ Book 9 Lite. Its inability to run more demanding applications means it can only really function as an addition to a desktop, as opposed to a replacement.

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6.0
The Inquirer Aug 23, 2013

With a very slim and lightweight design perfect for lugging around from one place to the next, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite offers users a rather stylish and generally enjoyable potable notebook experience, with responsive touchscreen commands, a good keyboard and reliable performance.

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5.0
Digital Trends Sep 6, 2013

Well-built and boasting an excellent keyboard, the ATIV Book 9 Lite could be a real contender among affordable laptops. Unfortunately, it’s let down by the processor, which offers netbook-grade performance and merely average battery life.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 20, 2013

Its 16.9mm-thick profile isn't quite as thin as the Plus (13.6mm). And it's heavier too: 1.44kg vs. 1.39kg for the Plus. So, not so Lite after all. (Sorry.) There are also USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as the same micro-HDMI and Mini-VGA output found on the Book 9 Plus.

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CNET Jun 20, 2013

The Ativ Book 9 Lite doesn't share the same high-end specs or fancy metal build as its posh brother, but it's an attractive thing nonetheless that will hopefully arrive with a considerably cut-down price tag.

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PC Mag Jul 15, 2013

The seamless molded chassis looks good, with a cool finish and two color options, Marble White and Mineral Ash Black. It's a little heavier than past premium model, but at 3.48 pounds, it's not unreasonable for the price range.

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PC Advisor Jun 20, 2013

As the name suggests, the Ativ Book 9 Lite is a lighter version of the Plus – but not in actual weight as its 16.9mm and 1.44kg. It is lighter in terms of specs, though. The screen has a much lower resolution, a regular 1366 x 768 but it's still a touchscreen.

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MSN UK Aug 29, 2013

The white plastic (a black version is also available) doesn’t feel exactly premium (a criticism often aimed at the Galaxy mobile devices too) but it is still a slick looking machine with aesthetically pleasing curves and a reassuringly solid lid and hinge.

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