Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition

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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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

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.

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
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Model
Core i5

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to14 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
Style

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to14 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
Core i7

Key Specs

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)