Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook Review
Samsung’s New Laptop
This new 12-inch laptop is high-end and low weight. The new Samsung Ativ Book 9 is a bit of a twist on the formula, dropping the screen size down to 12.2 inches and getting the weight close to 2 pounds (0.9 kg).
Now, this is getting ridiculous — in a good way. Samsung’s 2015 update to its ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook is less than an inch thick and weighs a hair over 2 pounds, making this notebook nearly as light as some tablets. We went hands-on with this ultra-ultra portable notebook, which will start at $1,199 when it launches in Q1 2015, and found it be quite solid despite its featherweight frame.
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Weighing 2.09 pounds, the Book 9 is even lighter than the 2.68-pound HP EliteBook Folio 1020 and the 2.6-pound Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. And, at 11.19 x 8.37 x 0.46 inches, the Samsung is thinner than both, although the Lenovo is just 0.5 inches at its thickest.
Visually, the Book 9 looks similar to previous iterations. The aluminum interior and exterior are all black, and the sides have a curved profile that makes the notebook seem even slimmer than its dimensions would suggest. Inside, the black backlit keyboard and chrome-lined touchpad are just as attractive as before, and equally comfortable for typing.
The Book 9’s 12.2-inch display will have a resolution of 2560 x 1600, slightly higher than the Surface Pro 3 (2160 x 1440) and HP EliteBook (2560 x 1440), but lower than the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro’s 3200 x 1800-pixel display. While it lacks a touchscreen, it will have a special mode that will boost its brightness from 350 nits to 700 nits, making it much easier to view when outdoors.
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Source: Michael A. Prospero
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