Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition review: big screen, even bigger price

Summary

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

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Pros
  • Best-in-class audio quality
  • Thin and light for a 15-inch laptop
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • One of the few 15-inch Ultrabooks available
Cons
  • Expensive, even for a flagship Ultrabook
  • Screen isn't as sharp as what you'll find on competing 13-inch Ultrabooks
  • You could enjoy the same performance on a much cheaper machine
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition review: big screen, even bigger price

So many Ultrabooks in our laptop buyer's guide: Not one with a 15-inch screen. Which is strange, because it seemed for a while that bigger-screen ultraportables were going to become a thing; HP, Sony and ASUS all tried their hand at super-light 15-inch machines. Two years later, though, Samsung is one of the only companies that's still at it. The company recently came out with the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition, an update to the 15-inch Series 9 laptop from 2012. Like the original, it's insanely thin and light for a machine with this screen size, except now, it graduates to a full HD touchscreen, longer battery life and updated processors. Most notable of all, it features an improved audio setup with a built-in digital-to-analog converter allowing you to play back lossless, or "studio-quality" audio formats. The thing is, even for a flagship it's pretty expensive: At $1,500, it has one of the highest starting prices we've seen, and there are plenty of similarly specced machines that cost less. That raises an interesting question, then: Who should buy this?

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Scores

Engadget

82
 

Breakdown

Speed and features
7.8
Noise
10.0
Expandability
6.7
Durability
8.0
Battery life
9.8
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Specs

ATIV

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to14 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

ATIV

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to14 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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