Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Average of 7 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Pixel frenzy. Retina is a thing of the past. Samsung stirs up the competition with a sensational QHD+ screen and even beats the MacBook series from Apple. Comprised of an energy-efficient Haswell CPU, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD, the ATIV Book 9 Plus fights for the lead in the ultrabook sector - an ambitious undertaking.
Source: Hot Hardware Archive.org version
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is not only lightweight and stylish, but it also has the power to perform well. Its price is also reasonable (around $1200, street) considering all of the machines high-end features. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this system to anyone who is looking for a super-slim ultrabook running Windows 8.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/25/2014
Source: Stuff TV Archive.org version
Of course when we start criticising a laptop for having a too-high-resolution screen and not being quite powerful enough for high-end gaming, we are being overly picky. You don't buy an Ultrabook for hardcore gaming - you buy an Alienware 17 or PlayStation Vita Slim. And as far as the screen goes, well, that's more of a Windows 8.1 flaw than any fault of the Ativ Book 9 Plus. That said, this isn't quite the MacBook-beater we were hoping for. It still feels a little underpowered given its high price, and if you're after a Windows 8.1-running Ultrabook, we'd go for the Asus Zenbook UX302 instead. Still, lovely screen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% display: 100% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100%
Source: Ubergizmo English Archive.org version
In conclusion, it is pretty clear that Samsung managed to create a leading ultra-thin design on the market. The ATIV Book 9+ is an awesome laptop and it’s not easy to find a real competitor in the PC space because most systems either don’t have a QHD+ display, are significantly bulkier, or don’t have the level of “polish” that this laptop has. I like computers like the Yoga 2, which offers an impressive features/price ratio, but it doesn’t match the design of the ATIV Book 9+. The ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-XH72T (2.6lbs!) is also worth mentioning along with the Sony Vaio 13 Pro… I haven’t used them yet, but they look good on paper.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Computer Shopper Archive.org version
Overall, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is one of the most well-rounded ultrabooks we've ever seen. The notebook sports a gorgeous 3,200x1,800 display, pitch-perfect audio, and an excellent keyboard and touch pad, all wrapped up in a sleek aluminum design. And thanks to its nine-hour battery life—almost twice as long as many competing ultrabooks—the Plus will last an entire workday with juice to spare.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2013
Source: Slashgear Archive.org version
Utilizing the best in optimized hardware from the past several generations of Samsung notebooks and today’s finest in processing power (save the slightly more expensive Intel i7 version of this device), the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is easily one of the finest laptops on the market today. Even without the value-adding features like the ability to become entirely flat, a 10-point touchscreen, and unique connectivity options with Samsung smartphones, this notebook is well worth your time going into 2014.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2013
Source: Digital Versus Archive.org version
The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is a great ultrabook with an excellent design, lots of processing power and top-notch sound quality (for an ultrabook). But with screen contrast this low (330:1), we just can't give it five stars. Plus, it has only half the battery life of the Apple MacBook Air.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
The Samsung Ativ Book 9 is one of the nicer Windows Ultrabooks around at the moment with stylish design and impressive-looking specifications. But it comes at a high price and has disappointing battery life. Unless you specifically want Windows 8 and that super high-res display, you should bear in mind that the equivalent MacBook Air has better overall performance and is cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/24/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
In terms of performance and battery life, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is in line with other premium ultrabooks, both in performance scores and pricing. What the Book 9 Plus offers that others do not, however, is a higher-than-HD screen that rivals Apple's Retina Display. About the only thing I can knock the Book 9 Plus for is the use of ports that require dongles, but that's not so uncommon on thinner ultrabooks. For the price, it matches the portability and performance of the Editors' Choice Acer Aspire S7 and offers the sort of resolution you'll prize when working with photos or enjoying movies. Add it all up, and the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is the new Editors' Choice for premium ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Comp Reviews Archive.org version
Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus is an amazing ultrabook that features a few annoyances that keep it from being nearly perfect. The super high resolution touchscreen display is its standout feature that rivals even Apple's Retina displays. The battery life has also been helped tremendously but he new 4th generation processor.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Extremely stylish design; definitely impressive display; good performance and autonomy. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/19/2014
Samsung is one of the pioneers in ultrabooks and have been a major force in this sector for a good reason; they make excellent ultrabooks. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is dark and smooth with rounded corners. The slim body, which is only 0.53 inches (1.35 cm) makes it look very impressive. Not only is the body of the ultrabook beautiful, is 13.3 inch screen has an amazing 3200 by 1800 pixel resolution which makes other devices' HD screen look pale. The high resolution screen has breathtaking colors, above average viewing angles and responsive touch response.
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with a processing speed of 1.6 GHz as well as 4 GB RAM. It also comes with a 128 GB SSD. As a result, performance is no issue.
Despite being thin, it comes with 2 USB ports, a mini VGA port, a micro HDMI port and a typical headphone/microphone jack. It is capable of wireless connectivity with both Wifi 802.11 b/g/n as well as Bluetooth 4.0 but has no Ethernet port for wired connections.
All in all, Samsung has always been one of the best ultrabook manufacturers and the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is definitely one of the better products. The only downside would be the hefty price tag. If the user can stomach that, this laptop is a great buy.
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.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Samsung: Samsung Group is the largest South Korean conglomerate and was founded in 1938. Samsung Group employed 489,000 people in 2014 and is one of the world's largest companies in terms of revenue and market strength. The name Samsung means "Three Stars" in Korean and represents the three sons of the company's founder. The company was founded in 1938 as a grocery store. With its subsidiary Samsung Electronics, founded in 1969, Samsung took up the production of electrotechnical items, focusing on consumer electronics and household appliances at an early stage. Other branches in which the large corporation is active include mechanical engineering, automobiles (Hyundai), insurance, wholesale, real estate and leisure. Samsung manufactures a wide range of electronic products, including smartphones, televisions, home appliances and semiconductors. The company's Galaxy line of smartphones is one of the most popular in the world. Samsung is also a major player in the semiconductor industry, making memory chips and processors for many other electronics manufacturers.
83.57%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
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