Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus review

Summary

With the ATIV Book 9 Plus, Samsung can still lay claim to one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. As ever, it offers an attractive design and fast performance, but battery life is improved, and the 3,200 x 1,800 display is best in class.

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Pros
  • Super-thin, well-made
  • Gorgeous 3,200 x 1,800 display
  • Good battery life, runs cool
  • Excellent audio quality
Cons
  • Trackpad could still use some fine-tuning
  • Relatively slow I/O speeds
  • Logos painted onto the device
  • One configuration
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus review

When Samsung first released the Series 9 in 2011, it quickly became one of our favorite laptops of the year. Then, once Intel threw its marketing weight behind Ultrabooks, it became our favorite Ultra. But the Series 9 was born in the Windows 7 era, and it became harder and harder to recommend as touchscreens became the standard. Now, though, we have the ATIV Book 9 Plus, the first truly flagship-level Ultrabook Samsung has released since Windows 8 came out.

As you'd expect, it trades in the Series 9's matte, anti-glare display for a touchscreen. What's more, though, Samsung also cranked up the resolution, retiring that old 1,600 x 900 panel in favor of a 3,200 x 1,800 one. And, of course, it steps up to a newer Haswell processor, which promises not just faster performance, but also longer battery life (not that endurance was a problem on the original). So is it still our favorite Ultrabook? Pretty much.

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Scores

Engadget

84
 

Breakdown

Speed and features
8.3
Design and form factor
8.4
Expandability
8.0
Noise
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
7.5
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Specs

ATIV

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

ATIV

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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