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
A glossy finish can't mask this Samsung's shoddy performance.
17 September 2013
Excerpt: Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus seriously impressed us, so we had high hopes for the lesser of the 9 series: the ATIV Book 9 Lite (MSRP $799.99). The two laptops share a lot of similarities, but they're clearly not the same.
Conclusion: Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Lite is an interesting, but failed, experiment. There are many things that we like about it; the keyboard is easy to love, the chassis is slim, and build quality is good for the price. If the Lite sold with a fourth-gen Intel Haswell processor, even a slow one, it’d be a serious contender in the budget Ultrabook market.
Pros: Good build quality, Excellent keyboard, Very thin and light, Cool and quiet operation
Cons: Very poor performance, Battery life is only competitive at load, Lackluster display, Overpriced
Excerpt: Windows 8 is beginning to embed itself into the public knowledge and we're getting more and more used to the concept of touchscreen laptops. And that's the exact where the affordable, sub-£500 Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite fits in.
Pros: Decent trackpad, responsive island keyboard, thin and of fair weight for size, affordable, decent battery life, we like the way it looks
Cons: Plasticky build, screen ought to be higher resolution, screen reflections, AMD processor limitations