Review Samsung ATIV Book 8 870Z5G Notebook

Nino Ricchizzi (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 04/01/2014

Austerity package. Samsung introduces its new and affordable ATIV Book 8 featuring the latest Haswell CPU and an Nvidia graphics card. Instead of a glossy touchscreen, Samsung now relies on a matte and bright display. Are those the only differences? We took a closer look.

For the original German review, see here.

About a year ago, Samsung launched a laptop on the market located in the premium range of multimedia devices with its ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E. Now Samsung's new device follows with Intel's 2.4 GHz Core i7-4700HQ Haswell CPU, and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M rather than an AMD Radeon HD 8870M. We will extensively test whether the ATIV Book 8 870Z5G still finds a place in this league. We will also compare it with direct contenders, such as the lower priced Asus N56JR-S4080H, which sports a stronger graphics card. The ATIV book's price can also compete with Acer's Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tk or Dell's Inspiron 15-7537 - despite their stronger CPU - due to an extreme price knockdown of almost 350 Euros (~$482).

Since the new ATIV Book not only looks similar to Samsung's ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01, but also features a similar build, we will only deal with the significant differences and would refer to the former test at this point.

  Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E Samsung ATIV Book 8 870Z5G
CPU Intel Core i7-3635QM 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 8870M Nvidia GeForce GT 750M
Screen 15.6-inches 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, multi-touch 15.6-inches 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, Samsung 156HL01-801
Reflective yes no
Miscellaneous JBL Sound System -
Price at Introduction 1549 Euros (~$2136) 1199 Euros (~$1653)

Case

Only the working memory can be upgraded via the plastic cover. The battery and HDD need a bit more effort.
Only the working memory can be upgraded via the plastic cover. The battery and HDD need a bit more effort.

Like the precursor, Samsung uses a brushed aluminum casing that makes a robust, and yet stylish impression due to its rounded edges. Only the underside features a plastic cover. It enables replacing the working memory. Thus, the new ATIV Book seems to be exclusively a hardware upgrade at first glance.

The weight of 2270 grams and thickness of 20.9 mm let the 15.6-inch laptop look compact and perfect for mobile use. The weight is distributed a bit unevenly so that the heaviest point is at the front, which feels strange when lifting up the device. It can be overall said that working with the Samsung is pleasant - except that the aluminum chassis attracts fingerprints.

Connectivity

We again made comparisons with the precursor here and did not find any differences at first. The interfaces are the same, and thus the ATIV Book features two USB 3.0 ports on the left and two USB 2.0 ports on the right, among other interfaces. Otherwise the interfaces are well-distributed and do not interfere with external peripherals, such as a mouse.

Left: combo audio jack, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet port, power socket
Left: combo audio jack, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet port, power socket
Right: card reader, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington lock
Right: card reader, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington lock

Input Devices

Keyboard and Touchpad

This is probably what it would feel like if fingers had waterbeds. The ATIV Book's backlit keyboard tries to convince with its soft and quiet stroke. The large touchpad with incorporated buttons is also appealing and supplies a genuine mouse replacement. More details can be found in the former review.

The keyboard's backlight is rather weak, but it fulfills its purpose.
The keyboard's backlight is rather weak, but it fulfills its purpose.
Not lacking anything - large touchpad, and keyboard with number pad.
Not lacking anything - large touchpad, and keyboard with number pad.

Display

Now we come to the "visible" difference. Rather than installing a glossy touchscreen, Samsung uses a matte display with an approximately 10% higher contrast than the precursor's. Although it just misses the rates of the less expensive Acer Aspire V7-582PG with an average brightness of 297.6 cd/m², or the Asus N56JR-S4080H with 340.8 cd/m², it stands out from its contenders with a higher contrast of an impressive 984:1. Nevertheless, it is marginally below its ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01 precursor.

305
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 318 cd/m²
Average: 288.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 294 cd/m²
Black: 0.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 980:1
The big AdobeRGB color space is not covered.
The big AdobeRGB color space is not covered.
High coverage of the sRGB color space.
High coverage of the sRGB color space.

We liked the good color calibration in state of delivery which did not exhibit any significant differences to a manual calibration. The color temperature of 6712 K is also close to the ideal rate of 6500 K. The colors look overall rich and balanced, and black subjectively makes a very natural impression even on a brighter image owing to the matte screen.

The Full HD screen with 1920x1080 pixels achieves a good rate in the CalMAN analysis of the grayscale with an average DeltaE shift of 4.75. However, it remains behind the shift of 1.6 ascertained in the ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01. Samsung's new laptop also slightly lags behind its precursor with 3.14 to 2.79 in state of delivery.

The color space can be a decisive criterion for professional image editing. The sRGB coverage is approx. 90%, but the coverage of only 61% fails the AdobeRGB gamut and is again behind its precursor. Nevertheless, it still does a better job than many of its direct contenders.


CalMAN ColorChecker - state of delivery
CalMAN ColorChecker - state of delivery
CalMAN Grayscale - state of delivery
CalMAN Grayscale - state of delivery
CalMAN Saturation - state of delivery
CalMAN Saturation - state of delivery
CalMAN ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN Grayscale - calibrated
CalMAN Grayscale - calibrated
CalMAN Saturation - calibrated
CalMAN Saturation - calibrated
Outdoors under lightly overcast conditions.
Outdoors under lightly overcast conditions.

As expected, the matte screen can also excel outdoors. Where working outdoors was only conditionally possible with the precursor, it is more possible with this device. All contenders rely on a glossy screen with exception of Asus' N56JR-S4080H. An AR-coating or matte screen is particularly an advantage in mobile use.

The color intensity and illumination only deviates slightly when changing the ideal horizontal angle. The brightness and colors visibly distort when tilting the screen to 45% and they look pale. We noticed a minor deterioration in a viewing angle comparison with the ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01, which might be due to the brighter screen. The viewing angle stability is good for routine use and largely does not impair use.

Viewing angles: ATIV Book
Viewing angles: ATIV Book

 

Performance

Samsung represents an all-rounder for all application fields with Nvidia's GT 750M, Intel's quad-core i7-4700HQ that can process eight threads, and a 1 TB hard drive. Even game fans can have fun with most games in medium and high graphics. Owing to the internal graphics card and Optimus driver, power is supplied when it is needed.

System information: Samsung NP870Z56

Processor

Intel's new Core i7-4700HQ Haswell CPU has a roughly 4 - 6% higher performance than the Intel Core i7-3635QM CPU installed in the precursor. The clock of 2.4 GHz with a Turbo of 3.4 GHz and an L2 cache of 6 MB have not changed. A real advantage results from the increased graphics performance of Intel's integrated HD 4600 graphics card, which ensures a performance boost of up to 30% compared with the Intel HD 4000. This leads to a considerable improvement especially for mobile use. One implication could be that the dedicated graphics card is not used as often. We will see whether this presumption is confirmed in the battery runtime tests. The power consumption also changes with the higher performance. Intel specifies a TDP of 47 W rather than 45 W.

Samsung's laptop outperformed the above mentioned contenders, such as Acer's Aspire V7-582PG and Dell's Inspiron 15-7537 (both i5-4500U), by almost factor three in the (multi-thread) tests of Cinebench R11.5. It nevertheless lags behind Asus' N56JR-S4080H despite the same CPU.

Our review sample achieved 1.50 points in Cinebench R11.5 single-thread test and is on par with Asus' laptop.

The CPU maintained its base clock in battery mode (no Turbo!) and scored 484 points in Cinebench R15 (multi-CPU), which is almost 23% less performance. We could not undercut the base rate in the stress test, but the Turbo rate was also only temporary and could not be maintained for long in the stress test.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit
Samsung 870Z5G
GeForce GT 750M, 4700HQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
6.57 Points ∼37%
Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.63 Points ∼15% -60%
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV
2.12 Points ∼12% -68%
Asus N56JR-S4080H
GeForce GTX 760M, 4700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6.96 Points ∼40% +6%
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
Radeon HD 8870M, 3635QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6.46 Points ∼37% -2%
CPU Single 64Bit
Samsung 870Z5G
GeForce GT 750M, 4700HQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.5 Points ∼81%
Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.31 Points ∼71% -13%
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV
1.09 Points ∼59% -27%
Asus N56JR-S4080H
GeForce GTX 760M, 4700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.51 Points ∼82% +1%
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
Radeon HD 8870M, 3635QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.38 Points ∼75% -8%
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
49.32 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.57 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.5 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
61.13 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
627 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
134 Points
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System Performance

The performance package of Samsung's laptop is good even outside all benchmarks and makes a speedy impression seen only subjectively. However, some loading times counteract that, e.g. when searching in the Metro interface. The disadvantages of the magnetic hard drive quickly become evident and annoying, despite the high storage capacity.

For example, Acer's Aspire V7-582PG with an SSD cache or Dell's Inspiron 15-7537 with a full-blown SSD clearly surpass Samsung's laptop in a PCMark comparison.

PCMark 7 - Score
Samsung 870Z5G
2764 Points ∼42%
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
3290 Points ∼50% +19%
Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk
4255 Points ∼64% +54%
Asus N56JR-S4080H
3371 Points ∼51% +22%
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
5454 Points ∼82% +97%
Legend
      Samsung 870Z5G Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
      Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01 Intel Core i7-3635QM, AMD Radeon HD 8870M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
      Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
      Asus N56JR-S4080H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
      Dell Inspiron 15-7537 Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV

Storage Devices

The 5400 rpm magnetic hard drive is particularly noticed in the benchmarks, and it achieves considerably poorer scores than its contenders that sport a hybrid hard drive or SSD. However, it excels with twice the storage capacity of the hybrid hard drive in Acer's Aspire V7-582PG, and four times as much as in Dell's Inspiron 15-7537.

Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 1.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 107.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 76.1 MB/s
Access Time: 22.3 ms
Burst Rate: 163.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2 %

Graphics Card

Nvidia's GT 750M is currently one of the most frequently installed dedicated graphics cards in the performance sector of the upper mid-range. With 2 GB of memory and a core clock of 967 MHz, it is strong enough for all kinds of games and multimedia applications. It gets interesting when we compare old test results (AMD Radeon HD 8870M) with those of the new ATIV Book and check whether the scores are on the expected level.

We ascertained a performance difference of almost 80 points in a direct test between battery mode and AC mode in 3DMark 11. This could also be a sign of the benchmarks' variability and/or the weaker CPU performance in battery mode. A slight advantage for Samsung's laptop is seen in a direct comparison with Acer's Aspire V7-582PG  that has a video memory of 4 GB despite the same graphics card. However, the comparison with the precursor is unsurprising. Its AMD Radeon HD 8870M not only supports DirectX 11.1 and Shader 5.1, it is also superior in all benchmark scores.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Samsung 870Z5G
GeForce GT 750M, 4700HQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2427 Points ∼18%
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
Radeon HD 8870M, 3635QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3252 Points ∼25% +34%
Asus N56JR-S4080H
GeForce GTX 760M, 4700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3620 Points ∼28% +49%
Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2419 Points ∼18% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV
2632 Points ∼20% +8%
3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
13274 points
3DMark 112427 points
3DMark Cloud Gate8755 points
3DMark Fire Strike1450 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme722 points
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Gaming Performance

Based on comparison charts and performed tests, we found out how Samsung's new laptop with its new Haswell CPU and Nvidia GPU scores in the gaming benchmarks compared with its contenders.

It might be due to the out-dated, pre-loaded Nvidia driver, but Samsung's ATIV Book 8 is more at the lower end of the fps of a GT 750M in both BioShock and Company of Heroes 2. Nevertheless, it extracted almost 20% more frames in BioShock than Acer's Aspire V7-582PG. The difference in Company of Heroes 2 is very minute.

In comparison, Company of Heroes 2 was smoothly playable with 33.6 fps in medium settings on the ATIV Book 8 with touch and AMD 8870M. However, the game could hardly be rendered smoothly using low graphics settings on the new ATIV Book.

The new ATIV Book 8 achieved almost 34 fps in Metro: Last Light despite the same DDR3 video memory of 2 GB, and thus 13 fps less than the ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01.

The graphics card driver had to be updated for Battlefield 4 because the game would have otherwise inevitably crashed. The frames per second count is midfield, with almost 44 fps in medium settings. We not only managed to force the number of fps to drop considerably, but we additionally experienced graphic errors using maximum settings.

All in all, it is possible to play even newer games on Samsung's ATIV Book 8 when expectations on graphics are slightly reduced. Thus, it is more than sufficient for casual gamers. However, it is remote from the results of the ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01 that averagely achieved 35 - 40% better rates.

Samsung 870Z5G
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk
Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
Intel Core i7-3635QM, AMD Radeon HD 8870M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
BioShock Infinite
-19%
34%
1366x768 High Preset43.337.8
-13%
56.4
30%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)15.511.8
-24%
21.4
38%
Company of Heroes 2
-2%
54%
1366x768 Medium AA:Off 2322.1
-4%
33.6
46%
1366x768 High AA:Medium 14.414.5
1%
23.14
61%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -10%
34% / 34%
54% / 54%
low med.high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 895243.315.5fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 43.9633.920.2310.52fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 27.82314.46.75fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 62.24430.112fps

Emissions

System Noise

Samsung's laptop operates extremely quietly and is only slightly audible in quiet surroundings in idle (no load operation). The fans are also restrained during load and do not produce excessively high and distracting frequencies. For example, Acer's Aspire V7-582PG and Dell's Inspiron 15-7537 are 2 - 3 dB louder in both idle and load operation. The precursor also achieved similar rates and is on par in terms of noise.

Noise Level

Idle 30.9 / 30.9 / 31.0 dB(A)
HDD 31.3 dB(A)
Load 40.4 / 40.6 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft SL 320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

As the heat graph confirms, the temperature development is very pleasant and does not interfere in the wrist-rest area. The underside does not get too hot while typing in a light load mix. The plastic base unit's advantage is particularly noticed when the laptop is used on the thighs because the plastic only heats up locally in the center back and does not distribute the heat. Thus, having the laptop on the thighs during normal use is very pleasant.

We ascertained throttling at a core temperature of over 92 °C in the stress test via Prime95 and Furmark. The core clock dropped from 2.4 GHz to below 1.3 GHz. The CPU's maximum temperature reached 94 °C after one hour of full load. Considering these high temperatures, the casing remained pleasant particularly in the wrist-rest area with below 30 °C. The 3DMark 11 score recorded directly after the test was 2423 points, which is in the normal range. Consequently, a performance loss in 3DMark 11 is not discernible despite the stress test. The temperature development of Nvidia's GT 750M should not be left unnoticed. It worked with up to 90 °C and an average clock rate of 830 MHz.

Max. Load
 42.2 °C48 °C42.5 °C 
 40 °C45.6 °C33.2 °C 
 30.3 °C27.1 °C28.9 °C 
Maximum: 48 °C
Average: 37.5 °C
37 °C48 °C37.7 °C
31.1 °C36.2 °C34.6 °C
27.1 °C26.5 °C27.6 °C
Maximum: 48 °C
Average: 34 °C
Power Supply (max.)  66.2 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The speakers on the underside can particularly convince with mids and lower ranges via their sound transmission toward solid surfaces. Even the volume and dynamic are in line. A disadvantage of this design is that it occasionally sounds as if the music is in another room or in a box. Samsung apparently does not install the JBL Sound System used in the ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01 in its new ATIV Book. However, the laptop still provides a good sound even without the JBL logo, and it has a combo audio jack as well as an HDMI-out for higher demands.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Although it sports a stronger CPU than its contenders, the ATIV Book 8's average power consumption is 5.3 to 6.5 W below Acer's Aspire V7-582PG, Dell's Inspiron 15-7537, Asus' N56JR-S4080H, and its ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01 precursor. The stronger CPU and Nvidia's GT 750M are first noticed during load with a power consumption of up to almost 84 W, which is 15 W higher than that of Acer's and Dell's laptops. The Asus' laptop consumes 89 W due to its stronger GPU. The power supply of Samsung's device supplies 4.74 A at 19 V, which adds up to a maximum power output of 90 W. It looks rather small for a maximum power output of 90 W and should not disappear under any blanket on the couch during load operations.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.3-0.0 / 0.1-0.2 Watt
Idle 6.5-5.3 / 10.0 / 10.2 Watt
Load 75.4 / 83.8 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Samsung outperforms all contenders in idle mode and even surpasses the Ivy Bridge based ATIV Book 8 by 1:39 h with 14:28 h, closely followed by Dell's Inspiron 15-7537 with 12:07 h. Neither the Asus N56JR-S4080H with 7:19 h nor the Acer Aspire V7-582PG with 5:39 h can keep up with that.

Our review sample even has the lead on its contenders in the practical Wi-Fi test. A runtime of 6:45 h is impressive and increasingly makes the laptop mobile.

The new ATIV Book still achieved great idle rates that it cannot present in load operation. A direct comparison is only enough for third place. With 1:48 h, the brighter screen costs almost 14 minutes of battery runtime compared with the tested ATIV Book. Acer's Aspire V7-582PG achieves the best runtime with 2:37 h.

As is known from other laptops with a high brightness, slightly reducing the screen's brightness can save quite a bit of battery power.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 28min
WiFi Surfing
6h 45min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 48min

Verdict

Yet another compelling laptop from Samsung's ATIV 8 line. A high-contrast and bright Full HD screen, a stylish aluminum casing, and both decent gaming and system performances distinguish this multimedia device. Even if its performance lags behind the former, Ivy Bridge ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01, the price difference of 350 Euros (~$482) has to be kept in mind.

The good battery runtime and performance of a 15.6-inch laptop for approximately 1200 Euros (~$1655) might be interesting for some. If the performance is too low, a look at the 100 Euros (~$137) cheaper Asus N56JR-S4080H with an Nvidia GTX 760M might be worthwhile. Buyers, who generally do not want to dig that deep into their pockets and can accept a glossy screen, might want to study Acer's Aspire V7-582PG for 1000 Euros (~$1379).

Review sample courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

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Specifications

Samsung 870Z5G

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
:: Memory
8192 MB, single channel
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M - 2048 MB, Core: 967 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, Treiber-Version 327.68
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Samsung 156HL01-801, TN LED, matte screen, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB, 1000 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 7260 (a b g n ac), Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R) 4.0 + HS Adapter Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.9 x 376 x 249.9
:: Weight
2.4 kg Power Supply: 0.35 kg
:: Battery
94.240 Wh Lithium-Ion
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 11.5 h
:: Price
1199 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1280x720 Pixel, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Decent gaming performance
+Storage capacity
+Bright and matte screen
+Very good keyboard
+Fan noise during normal use
+Sound quality
+Decent battery runtimes
+Casing's build
+Price-performance
 

Cons

-No SSD or hybrid hard drive
-Weaker performance than the precursor

Shortcut

What we like

The high-contrast, bright screen and the elegant aluminum casing.

What we'd like to see

A higher performance compared with the precursor. The new ATIV Book could not match that in most tests.

What surprises us

The overall bundle is balanced and does not leave any multimedia wishes open.

The competitors

Acer Aspire V7-582PG

Dell Inspiron 15-7537

Asus N56JR-S4080H 

ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01

Rating

Samsung 870Z5G
04/16/2014 v4
Nino Ricchizzi

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
90%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
64 / 95 → 67%
Weight
60 / 67 → 85%
Battery
89%
Display
86%
Games Performance
83 / 93 → 89%
Application Performance
63%
Temperature
80%
Noise
88 / 95 → 93%
Audio
50 / 95 → 53%
Camera
45 / 95 → 47%
Average
74%
81%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Nino Ricchizzi, 2014-04- 1 (Update: 2014-04- 1)