Reviews and Problems with Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite / NP905S3G / NP915S3G
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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite review: What does it take to make an $800 version of a $1,400 Ultrabook?
6 November 2013
Summary: The ATIV Book 9 Lite sounded like a good idea. In fact, the sales pitch was remarkably straightforward: Here's a machine that looks generally like the high-end ATIV Book 9 Plus, but costs a lot less. The problem is, the Book 9 Lite ultimately rests too much on its good looks. Take away the skinny chassis and you're left with a machine that offers sluggish performance and short battery life.
Pros: Thin and light, especially for a machine in this price range, Low-glare display, Comfortable keyboard, Fast disk speeds
Cons: Performance hiccups, Short battery life, Touchscreen wobbles when you touch it, Finicky trackpad
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
Review Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE Subnotebook
28 September 2013
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.
Conclusion: Before I even start this review, I’m going to lay down the law so to speak. The term Ultrabook adheres to a device that follows Intel’s strict guidelines and while the device that we’re looking at today may look Ultrabook-esque, it features AMD CPU architecture and therefore cannot be claimed as an Ultrabook, though for the most part (barring the exclusion of an Intel processor) it pretty much is an Ultrabook.
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
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
Summary: The ATIV Book 9 Lite is a re-worked Series 9 ultraportable laptop from Samsung. Available in black or white and designed for mobile users on a budget, the system retains many of the desirable features as the ATIV Book 9 Plus , such as the same premium design, but is now made entirely of plastic and is powered by an AMD processor, so it can’t be called an Ultrabook. The new ATIV Book 9 Lite costs a more palatable £599 (inc.
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
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite: 13.3-inch slimline notebook with a secret
9 October 2013
Excerpt: Review It seems an odd paradox that the more a company tries to hide something, the more publicity it attracts. Apple certainly uses this notion to good effect, knowing that it can't keep those secrets indefinitely, but also knowing that when it eventually lifts its kimono, what's new in the garden customarily causes a commotion among the brand faithful.