Reviews and Problems with Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus / NP940X3G-series
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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus review
7 January 2014
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: I started to take notice of Samsung as a laptop manufacturer when the company created its Series 9 brand of laptops that were designed to be ultra-thin and yet powerful at the same time. Although the naming has changed to ATIV Book 9 Plus last June, the goal has remained the same, and I was curious to see how Samsung’s top of the line mobile computer would fare in a PC environment that is more competitive than ever.
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
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.
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.
Conclusion: Undoubtedly, the ultimate highlight of the ATIV Book 9 Plus is the extremely high-resolution screen that strikes with a still unmatched focus alongside stable viewing angles and a high contrast ratio. But it would be very unfair to reduce the ultrabook to this only one trait. Samsung has created an overall well-designed premium device that only exhibited a few shortcomings in our tests.
Pros: First-rate casing rigidness and build, Outstanding input devices, Tremendous screen resolution, Viewing angle stable PLS screen, Good application performance, Low noise development, Long battery runtimes, Easy-to-clean fan, Strong speakers, Does a laptop screen with almost 6 megapixels make sense? Probably not. Do you want it anyway? Definitely yes! An equally sharp picture was only previously known from smartphones or tablets. However, the high pixel density will fir...
Cons: Screen's glossy surface, Middling web cam quality, No display port, High price, The ultrabook inventor Intel hasn't really done itself a favor with the reintroduced touchscreen guidelines. We think Samsung should at least optionally offer a non-touch alternative with a matte surface even if it then cannot claim the sought-after title.
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus review: the beauty of 3200x1800 pixels
12 October 2013
Excerpt: One of the prettiest and most deluxe Ultrabooks money can buy is the Samsung Series 9. Recently the more affordable ATIV Book 9 Lite was added to the line-up, and now there's a new high-end model as well. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus comes with an incredible 3200x1800 touchscreen.
Conclusion: The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market, and as of this writing, still one of the few with Haswell. From a design perspective, nothing beats the 9 Plus, and it's more visually daring than the aging MacBook Air design yet it's stately enough for business.
Pros: Stunning as ever, high quality materials, super high resolution display with wide color gamut, good trackpad.
Cons: Not cheap, QHD+ resolution is lovely but Windows 8 and program support varies.