Reviews and Problems with Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite (NP905S3G / NP915S3G)
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20 March 2015
Summary: - Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Lite derives its name from the lack of features and its lower price than its other ATIV Book 9 laptops. The problem is that it sacrifices a bit too much to be a really recommended system for those looking at a more affordable ultrathin laptop. Its performance is less than other systems in that price range. At least it does feature a touchscreen, has decent battery life for how small a battery it uses and has an above average keyboard and trackpad.
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
Summary: Though there are a few caveats, I have to describe my two weeks with the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite as pleasant. The machine is sleek and light such that I never felt like it was burden to lug around anywhere. I do wish it were a bit smaller though, a personal preference, as I feel that 11~12 inches is really the sweet spot for an ultra-portable device. This notebook feels somewhat unbalanced, its footprint overly large for its weight and thickness.
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.
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
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.