Samsung ATIV 940X3G-K03DE
Average of 3 scores (from 8 reviews)
Reviews for the Samsung ATIV 940X3G-K03DE
Samsung already had the best Ultrabook on the market, and it's managed to stay on top in 2013, even as its competitors have improved battery life and performance on their own models. Like its predecessor, the ATIV Book 9 Plus is impressively thin, with an understated design and sturdy build quality.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/30/2013
If you absolutely must have that stunning display, then we would wholeheartedly recommend the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus. It's built to be future-proof, and you won't be disappointed with any aspect of its performance. Its price is the only area you'll need to convince yourself on. Otherwise, you might want to consider some of its closest competitors. Alternatively, Samsung has also produced a budget version of the Ativ, called the Lite, which sacrifices performance in the quest for a £500 price tag.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Laptop Mag
What a difference a refresh makes. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus improves upon its predecessor in nearly every way, offering much longer battery life and a gorgeous Retina-like display. This Ultrabook also runs cooler than the previous version. If you own a Samsung Galaxy phone, you'll appreciate how well Samsung's handset and laptop work together.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Pro
Samsung’s ability to put together a good-looking laptop was already assured, and the Book 9 Plus puts things beyond doubt; topping it off with such an ambitious display is a welcome bonus. However, before you rush out and drop £1,299 on it, it’s worth taking a breath: buy the Book 9 Plus and you’ll be an early adopter. Although it’s heartening to see Microsoft embracing high-definition screens with Windows 8.1, our experience suggests your enjoyment of the Book 9 Plus will depend greatly on individual application support.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Thin and light; good design; high-quality screen. Negative: Short battery life; expensive.
Review Type Unknown, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 07/24/2013
Source: PC Online.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Positive: Ultra-high resolution of the screen; slim metal case; good performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/07/2013
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Positive: Super slim and compact design; robust aluminum body; resolution of the screen; loud and clear stereo sound; battery life. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/01/2013
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/02/2013
The latest in the Samsung Ativ Book 9 line, the Samsung 940X3G-K01DE is built to represent the pinnacle of Ultrabook glory. Its focus is on high-end design, quality materials and high-end performance, and it has a price to match. The sleek metal casing comes in gun-metal grey. A plastic wrist rest provides comfort for long hours of use, the keyboard is backlit and the touchpad is buttonless. Under the hood is the energy efficient Haswell Intel Core i5-4200U that clocks in at 1.6 Ghz, and goes up to 2.6 Ghz with Turbo Boost. Paired with 4 GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, fast boot times and zippy performance for most moderately intensive tasks and multitasking can be expected. With the graphics being handled by the Intel HD 4400, this is not a machine for serious gamers, but most casual games should run well.
The Samsung 940X3G-K01DE boasts some impressive specs in its 13.3 inch touchscreen. Not content with Full HD, Samsung have opted to provide users with a QHD screen with a resolution of 3200x1800. This may complicate matters when attempting to output visuals to another display. The fingerprint attracting glossy multi-touch screen is a good pairing with the Windows 8 OS. The weight is light at 1.387 kg and the 55 Wh battery will give users close to 8 hours of moderate use which provides a great amount of portability. With its great battery life and performance, this makes a great choice for a portable work machine. However, the minimizing of ports to save space and the QHD screen may provide some users a few barriers to ease of use.
Series: The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Series consists of high-end ultrabooks. It was released in 2013 as successor of the Samsung Series 9 laptops. The models feature up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. Depending on the model, the integrated Intel HD Graphics or one of AMD’s latest graphics cards is used. In addition, there are a few SSD size options. The laptops either feature a 13.3 inch touchscreen with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels or even a bright and contrast-rich Quad HD screen. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Series models belonged to the first ultrabooks which supported Microsoft Windows 8’s touch functionality from the start. However, there is also option to choose a non-touch screen.
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Series has either Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64 bit or Windows 10 pre-installed. Thus, there is no installation needed upon purchasing. Starting from 2.6 pounds (1.17 kg), the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Series models belonged to the lightest laptops at that time. The laptop is also quite thin at only 0.5 inch (1.27 cm). For wireless connectivity, it has WiFi and Bluetooth built in. As for input/output ports, it features two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort and an SD card reader.
Intel HD Graphics 4400:
ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.
In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.
In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.
83.33%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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