Samsung Ativ Book 9: Haven't we met before, Mr. Ultrabook? Video
Samsung Ativ Book 9: Haven't we met before, Mr. Ultrabook? Video Transcript
Hi. I'm Scott Stein and this is the Samsung Series 9. No, it isn't. It's the Samsung ATIV Book 9. Yes, this is a re-branding. It's a new laptop. It's not really a new laptop; it's a re-branded laptop that you've seen before. It is a laptop we liked a lot last year, the Samsung Series 9, people. This was a great MacBook Air competitor. It had a revision last year. Looked even sleeker, smaller than a MacBook Air, 13 inches, super sleek design, matte display for those who care about that. Well, this time, the version that's been available since April has a 1080p display, really, really sharp and that's about it. It has Windows 8 but it has a last generation core i-Series processor in here, core i7 in this case, dual-core, 4 gigs RAM, a 128 gig or 256 SSD, you know, standard stuff and ramps up to $1,500, $1,400 for the 128-gigabyte version. So, it's not cheap and you don't have a touchscreen. No, there's no touchscreen here at all. Does that matter? Well, the MacBook Air doesn't have a touchscreen. We don't hold that against it but that's because there's nothing that takes advantage of touch in Mac OS 10. But Windows 8 obviously does and so you're gonna have to rely on the track pad here to get a lot of stuff done. It's a pretty large and nice track pad but it's no substitute for the convenience with apps, of reaching up here and tapping and pinching. If you go to desktop mode, not such a big deal. It has backlit keyboard, it's got all the same stuff as last year. Really solid, thin, metal design, crisp, pretty dongle reliant, though, because you got HDMI and VGA and these are mini ports. So, you got your 2 USB ports and that's about it. And SD card slot tucked away, yeah, over here but I want this with touch and also, there's no big deal about dropping the next generation core i-Series processors as far as speed. But you're gonna see a difference because the battery life, the-- it's got about 5 hours on our test and we're seeing laptops now getting 8, 9 hours. The MacBook Air got 14 hours. So, this is now the bottom end of that. If you can live with 5 hours, you don't mind paying $1,400. It's a really sleek laptop but Samsung has other Book 9s coming out. A Book 9 Lite, a Book 9 on the higher end, not yet clear when they're gonna come out in the US but you might wanna hold on and see what comes down the pipe because there's not a lot different here in the ATIV Book 9/Samsung Series 9 kinda, sort of. I'm Scott Stein and the look at the newish Book 9 from Samsung.
Screen resolution on the high-end version of this Series 9 laptop will blow you away. We also inspect the Book 9 Plus' leaner little brother.
Part ultrabook, part tablet: Samsung's little two-headed monster looks to be two things at once.
The Samsung Series 9 looks and feels like the Windows answer to a MacBook Air: sleek, lightweight, expensive, and very attractive.
This Windows 8 10-inch tablet comes wrapped in a Galaxy-like design, with a keyboard case.
Samsung's budget-minded Ativ Book 9 Lite comes to the U.S. for $799.
The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus Plus keeps the same sleek, attractive design as its predecessor but mixes in a glaringly high-resolution, touch-enabled display.
Need a tablet with full Windows 8 power? The compact Ativ Smart PC has your number.
Jessica Dolcourt runs through the features of the Samsung Ativ Odyssey for Verizon at CES 2013.
The new Series 9's smaller and lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Air, but it's also more expensive. Take a look at a Windows ultrabook that's hard to beat, provided you can afford it.
Molly Wood unboxes a hot, new Windows Ultrabook. But can it compete with the new MacBook Air?
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Review
The good: The Samsung Ativ Book 9 is still one of the smallest and best-built Windows 8 ultrabooks around, and has a crisp 1080p display.
The bad: It lacks a touch screen, and battery life is disappointing for such an expensive laptop.
The bottom line: Formerly the Samsung Series 9, the rebranded Ativ Book 9 got little more than a change in name; the laptop feels dated, as it lacks a touch screen and the benefits of newer Intel processors.
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Specs
Part number: NP900X3E-K01US
- Product Specifications