Reviews and Problems with Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus (NP940X3G)
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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Review
25 April 2014
Excerpt: Two years ago, Samsung launched its Series 9 ultrabook and proved the company could design a thin and light notebook that is both beautiful and powerful. Since the launch, Samsung has unified its Windows PCs under the ATIV brand and continues to innovate and build on the popularity of the Series 9.
Pros: QHD+ (3200 X 1800) touch display, Solid construction & very thin, SD slot, micro HDMI port, & Gigabit wired Ethernet
Summary: Two years ago, Samsung’s Series 9 represented a sea change. It was one of the lightest, thinnest, best-looking laptops ever made, and Samsung made it powerful too. It was the first ultrabook to be both really beautiful and really good, to prove that Apple hadn’t discovered and hidden some magical formula. But it was also riddled with first-generation problems and a massive price tag. Still, it proved something, and the entire industry took notice.
Pros: Beautiful chassis, Attractive, high-res display, Solid performance, Good keyboard
Cons: Still too much design clutter, Trackpad has a few quirks, Battery life is only average
Excerpt: Samsung’s ATIV Book laptops don’t go up to 10. They start at the ATIV Book 2 and they go up to the ATIV Book 9. But if you want one louder, you do have an option: The ATIV Book 9 Plus . Bargain-seekers can stop reading right now. At $1,400, the ATIV Book 9 Plus is a solid double the price of more mainstream laptops. This is despite the fact that it ships with decidedly low-end specs, including 4GB of RAM, integrated graphics, and a 1.6GHz Core i5 CPU.
Pros: Touchscreen’s extreme brightness outmatched only by its resolution. Category-busting battery life. Solid performance, stability. Great design.
Cons: Expensive, especially with these specs. Weak keyboard. Outer lid attracts fingerprints. Not sure what to do with this embarrassment of pixels.
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: Moreover, though some consumers may balk at its $1,399 price tag, the Core i5-powered ATIV Book 9 Plus isn't much more expensive than similarly configured ultrabooks, and delivers faster performance, longer battery life and a higher resolution to boot. We think that's a fair trade.
Pros: Elegant aluminum design, Excellent keyboard and touch pad, Loud and clear audio, Vivid 3,200x1,800 display, Solid performance, Long battery life
Cons: Most programs not optimized for QHD+ resolution, Lid difficult to open with one hand
Excerpt: Following on from one of our favorite Ultrabooks of 2012 is the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus . It uses the same stylish design as the previous model but offers a few interesting upgrades on the specifications. A QHD (3200×1800) touchscreen and Haswell CPU for example. Read on to find out if the ATIV Book 9 is still up there with the best Ultrabooks of 2013.
Summary: Cutting right to the chase, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is a pricey Ultrabook. However, even experts who complain about the cost admit -- however begrudgingly -- that for what you get, the price is justified. Build quality, company reputation, computing performance and that super-high-res screen all combine to create one appealing package.
Pros: Powerful performance, Quad HD+ touch screen, Great battery life, Premium look and construction
Conclusion: The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus goes toe to toe with the best premium ultrabooks, then tops it off with a jaw-dropping high-resolution display.
Pros: High-resolution display boasts 3,200-by-1,800 resolution and 10-finger touch. Slim lightweight design. Premium materials. Fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB solid-state drive keep things speedy. Long battery life. Dual-band Wi-Fi. Hinge stands up to touch but still opens wide.
Cons: Limited storage capacity. Marquee software options have limited appeal. Dongles for VGA and HDMI not included.
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus review: A high-res, high-price ultrabook
1 November 2013
Summary: If you’re just looking for an all-around excellently made Windows touch ultrabook and don’t mind that it's on the expensive side (and doesn’t convert to a tablet), the improved Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is worth the investment.
Cons: Costs several hundred more than we’d prefer; shrunken HDMI port; doesn’t convert to a tablet form -- strictly a laptop.
Conclusion: 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.