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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K01US 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Laptop


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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Dell XPS 12 (2013)
MSI Slim GS70
ASUS G750JX
Sony VAIO Pro 13
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K01US 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
Dell XPS 12 Haswell Processor (2013) Laptop
MSI Slim GS70 2OD-002US Gaming Laptop
ASUS G750JX-DB71 17.3-Inch Laptop
Sony VAIO Pro 13 SVP13215PXS Touchscreen Ultrabook
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Jul 2013
Aug 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
Installed RAM
4096.0 MB
4096.0 MB
16384.0 MB
16384.0 MB
8192.0 MB
Operating System
Display
13.3 in. LED QHD+
12.5 in.
17.3 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
17.3 in. LED backlight
13.3 in. Capacitive Touchscreen LED Backlight Technology
Hard Drive
128 GB SATA3
128 GB SSD
1256 GB, HDD, SSD
1024 GB 5400 rpm HDD, 256 GB SSD
256GB SSD
Installed Memory
4 GB (DDR3 SDRAM)
4 GB DDR3L
16 GB
16 GB DDR3L SDRAM
8 GB (DDR3 SDRAM)
Operating System
Windows 8
Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8 Professional
Processor
Core i5-4200U Dual-Core Haswell
Core i5-4200U 1.6 GHz
Core i7-4700HQ 2.4GHz, 2.4 MHz, Intel Core i7-4700MQ
Quad-Core Core i7 2.4 GHz
Dual Core Core i7 1.8 GHz
Laptop Type
Thin and Light Laptop
Ultraportable Laptop, Ultrabook, Convertible design
Thin and Light Laptop, Gaming, Gaming Ultraportable
Gaming laptop
Ultrabook
Use
Home Use, Business
Gaming / Multimedia

  • 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.


  • In any case, the 940X3G has overall really earned a purchase recommendation, although potential buyers can choose among many, not less attractive alternatives. Another serious contender might be the soon to be released Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro that features an even better configuration for a similar price. Samsung should not rest on its laurels.


  • The ATIV Book 9 Plus keeps the slim and sleek chassis of its predecessor and adds a Retina-like display, long battery life and swift Haswell performance.


  • If you can get over the Dell XPS 12's screen acrobatics, this convertible ultrabook is a good way to get both tablet and laptop functionality in one unit.


  • Truly, there is not much to criticize about Dell's latest XPS 12. It is a top-tier piece of technology that excels in nearly every department, from its exquisite construction to its clever, versatile design. It maintains one of the best keyboards on any Ultrabook to date, coupled with a comfortable touchpad, accurate 10-point multi-touch screen, and a reasonable weight that - while still a bit heavy by tablet standards - communicates quality. And it's incredibly stylish, to boot.


  • With a fourth-generation Intel processor and a higher-capacity battery, Dell's updated XPS 12 is an excellent 12-inch tablet-laptop hybrid that can go the distance.


  • The MSI GS70 Stealth (GS70 2OD-002US) is a solid ultraportable gaming laptop, but even with good performance and battery life, it's a close race with the competition.


  • The GS70 Stealth is an attractive and powerful device for gaming enthusiasts who want to use the 17.3-inch notebook on the road. The build quality is good, the design is appealing and the weight is not much higher than a standard multimedia notebook. All of this is combined with a high-contrast and bright display that is well suited for gaming and movie playback.

    Even though the 3D performance of the GS70 Stealth cannot always keep up with the competition, it is still very good if you consider the size of the notebook.


  • The MSI GS70 crams a fourth-gen Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX graphics and a 17.3-inch 1080p display into an extremely slim chassis.


  • The ASUS G750JX is a powerful and striking Haswell gaming laptop that delivers impressive graphics performance for hundreds less than the competition.


  • Overall, the Asus is a superb gaming laptop. With the Blu-ray drive, it betters the Alienware 17 (its top competitor), but both seem expensive compared to other options on the market. A high-end gaming laptop may be a step too far for your wallet. But, if you can afford it, this is a superb buy.


  • The Asus G750 is the pinnacle of the company’s drive to produce mass-market gaming laptops with incredible power at an affordable price. There’s almost nothing wrong with this system, and the few downsides worth mentioning, like the matte display’s lack of visual depth, are balanced by other advantages. We could recommend this laptop even if its price was similar to the competition. But it’s not; instead, the price is lower. A similar Alienware M17x, for example, is $2,000, while Origin’s EON17 costs over $2,200 when configured with almost identical hardware.


  • The Sony VAIO Pro 13 shows that you can make laptops lighter and thinner when you use a fourth-generation Intel Core processor. It's very good, though Sony really needs a grand slam to distance itself from similar rivals.


  • Light, thin and elegant. Samsung Series 9, Apple MacBook Air 13, Acer Aspire S7 391 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon - all devices make compromises to meet these requirements. The Vaio 13 Pro is the lightest Ultrabook (1,066 grams/~2.4 pounds) within this competition; the just 10 mm (0.4 inches) thick base results in a reduced keyboard quality and problems with the torsion resistance. The case material of carbon fiber is unbreakable but still flexible. Some aluminum unibodies of the rivals are stiffer but also heavier.


  • The Sony VAIO Pro 13 delivers Intel Haswell power, long battery life and one of the world's fastest SSD's in the lightest 13-inch touch Ultrabook.