Excerpt: For the past year or so, if you wanted a laptop display that didn’t suck when compared to your average smartphone screen, you had to buy a Retina-equipped MacBook Pro. Obviously, as a fellow PC enthusiast, I know this isn’t a viable option. I for one can never find a black turtleneck in my size, and I don’t fancy updating my blog all day while frequenting certain coffee outlets. So imagine my euphoria when I received the Samsung ATIV Book 9 to review.
Conclusion: Since their first release on to the market, Intel’s Ultrabooks and their counterparts that have AMD processors inside have paved a whole new pathway into our connected and mobile lives. Whilst a number of users are still choosing to have a single full-fat laptop for use in the home or office, but also for use whilst out on the go, there is a growing trend, especially amongst us journalists, to have both options to hand.
Pros: Ultrabook-type design, Touch-screen, >6 hours of battery life, Lightweight build, Good price for a basic system for web-browsing
Cons: Slow A4/A6 CPU makes this system only suitable of light use, Touch-screen can feel a bit unresponsive
Conclusion: There is certainly a lot of competition in the 13-14” laptop market, especially with those offering touch screens, and because of that it’s important that a device can stand out from the crowd or offer something different to its competitors. With the rather oddly titled ATIV Book 9 Lite from Samsung they look to be offering a device which is highly portable, thanks to its thin dimensions and lightweight construction.
Pros: Responsive touchscreen, Thin and lightweight, Fast SSD, Good on-board audio, Very Quiet
Cons: Weak CPU and graphics, Narrow viewing angles, Poor display quality
Review Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE Subnotebook
2 December 2013
Summary: Ultraslim - the AMD way. Samsung's rather expensive ATIV Book 9 Plus was released some time ago and has been called the "most beautiful Ultrabook" by some. The ATIV Book 9 Lite uses AMD components and is offered at a more palatable price point. What the new notebook has to offer is the subject of our review.
Pros: Thin and elegant, Reasonable stiff base unit, Matte display panel, Good keyboard, Quiet even under load, Low power consumption, Easy to carry and quite thin. With the decent keyboard and the non-glare panel suitable for outdoor use.
Cons: Comparatively low performance, Low battery capacity hampers battery life, Pricey, A higher-capacity battery. An IPS display panel with better viewing angles and HD+ resolution.
Summary: There’s a lot to like about the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite. It’s relatively thin and light, offers decent day-to-day performance, and up to 6 hours of battery life. If it weren’t for the fact that I spent $800 on my Series 9 notebook a year ago and got a model that’s thinner, lighter, and faster, it’d be a lot easier to recommend the ATIV Book 9 Lite.
As it stands, this laptop just doesn’t seem to offer the kind of performance you’d expect from an $800 notebook.
Conclusion: Even if you have to spend $100 or $200 more, we consider it worthwhile to opt for a Core i3 or Core i5 touch ultrabook. (At this end-of-September writing, Lenovo was offering a Core i7 version of the IdeaPad U310 Touch for $799.) The Lite may trick onlookers into thinking you bought the ritzy ATIV Book 9 Plus, but appearances can be deceiving.
Pros: Elegant, lightweight design, Comfortable keyboard and touch pad, Good speakers, Innovative SideSync software
Cons: Painfully slow performance, Keyboard not backlit, Installing SideSync is tricky