First-rate casing rigidness and build
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.
Super High Resolution Display, Excellent Build Quality
Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus is an amazing ultrabook that features a few annoyances that keep it from being nearly perfect. The super high resolution touchscreen display is its standout feature that rivals even Apple's Retina displays. The battery life has also been helped tremendously but he new 4th generation processor.
Classy, premium feel with excellent build quality
The Samsung Ativ Book 9 is one of the nicer Windows Ultrabooks around at the moment with stylish design and impressive-looking specifications. But it comes at a high price and has disappointing battery life. Unless you specifically want Windows 8 and that super high-res display, you should bear in mind that the equivalent MacBook Air has better overall performance and is cheaper.
Not the fastest, but definitely the best ultrabook you can buy
Most of the people I've talked to see the 4GB and 128GB SSD as dealbreakers. I'm sure they know what's best for themselves. But I also know what I need, and this is perfectly fine. Samsung have created a wonderful ultrabook that's just as good as anything available right now in the market (including Apple products). The light weight and slim form make it a perfect traveling companion, or just a great notebook to carry around all day.
Incredible touchscreen, Thin, Light, Great battery life
If you absolutely must have that stunning display, then we would wholeheartedly recommend the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus. It's built to be future-proof, and you won't be disappointed with any aspect of its performance. Its price is the only area you'll need to convince yourself on.
Otherwise, you might want to consider some of its closest competitors.
Super-thin, well-made, Gorgeous 3,200 x 1,800 display
With the ATIV Book 9 Plus, Samsung can still lay claim to one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. As ever, it offers an attractive design and fast performance, but battery life is improved, and the 3,200 x 1,800 display is best in.
Fab screen, Great design, Decent battery life
It may not come cheap, but the Samsung Ativ 9 Plus looks and feels its money. It's a great looking laptop of near-flawless build quality and a brilliant screen. The superb screen resolution ensures that other laptops using similarly up-to-date components will offer better battery life, but thanks to the optimisation of the Intel Haswell CPU, it lasts for a full day of work anyway. Ultrabooks don't get much better than this.
Stunning as ever, high quality materials
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.
Very slim, very light, Attractive design
The Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D is an attractive 13-inch laptop that is easy to cast as Samsung's alternative to the MacBook Air. However, it shouldn't be dismissed as being all about style. Its combo of low weight, thin frame, a matt screen and SSD storage makes it incredibly portable and convenient. This helps to offset that it doesn't offer a great amount of power for the price.
Stunning and elegant design, excellent matte full HD display, fast and light
You can tell, can't you? I really like the Samsung Series 9 and it's hard to beat as one of the most ultraportable 13" Ultrabooks for style, quality, performance and extreme light weight. The only drawback? It lacks a touch screen, and Windows 8 is easier to use with touch. That said, if you spend most of your time in the traditional Windows desktop UI with Word, Excel, Visual Studio, Photoshop and other Windows staples as your constant companions, you probably won't miss the touch screen.
Keyboard is spacious and comfortable
The Samsung Series 9 2012 is a great laptop with a stunning design. It's not always easy to see how things really "feel" in the real world when all you have are photos and videos, and Samsung should do anything it can to put these in people's hands. It is amazing to see that a 15" laptop can be so light (3.63lbs), and yet feel so well built.
Exceedingly well built
Thin and light computers generally can't be found beyond 14 inches, and with the Series 9 15 inch, Samsung has taken it up a notch, throwing together a fast mobile machine that definitely won't weigh down your shoulders, hands, or back.
For a first effort in a 15 inch Ultrabook-styled machine, Samsung almost nails it out of the gate, with fast components and solid build quality, if it only wasn't for that display which stops it from being amazing.
Matte display, Low weight, Price-performance ratio
It could have been perfect: low weight, decent enough build quality, long battery life, good looks, a dedicated graphics card, and a good price-performance ratio - we even would have overlooked the lack of stability and rigidity in the design. The multimedia notebook manages to get most things right and could have been a very good solution for watching movies, editing videos, and the occasional gaming.
Big bang for a little buck
This laptop is great. It arrived promptly in perfect condition, and when I booted it up it was easy to see I was going to love it. I agree with the critical reviews--Windows 8 is the most impractical operating system for a laptop/desktop...it's a drastic shift from the old ways and makes everything so much more complicated than it has to be. But I won't dock points on the machine that it came installed on for that fact; samsung is just trying to keep with the times.
Portability and ease-of-use
The prospect of having a touchscreen ultrabook sounded like one that I would absolutely enjoy having. I use tablets and smartphones on a daily basis, so why shouldn't my ultrabook incorporate that same technology so I could poke and prod my Windows 8 machine as much as I like. Considering Windows 8 was built with touchscreens in mind, it made absolute sense to me a touchscreen ultrabook would be a great idea.
Fast Nvidia discrete graphics, Capable dual-core Intel processor
The Samsung Series 5 NP550P5C may not be the kind of laptop you would lust after, and it won't slip unobtrusively into your bag, either. But it is a very capable all-rounder. It has decent processing abilities, great graphics, and surprisingly good battery life. Even the sub-£750 price is quite reasonable. If you're looking for a notebook that will perform most everyday computing tasks on the move, and for extended periods, the Samsung Series 5 NP550P5C should be top of your list.
Elegant aluminum casing, awesome 1080p touch screen
The Samsung Series 7 Ultra is an easy Ultrabook to recommend. It has excellent build quality and materials, an attractive aluminum casing that resists fingerprints and a superb 1080p touch screen. The Samsung Series 5 is an attractive and more affordable model, but the display can't compare and most ship with slower conventional HDDs.
Attractive, if somewhat predictable, exterior, Excellent display
At first glance, Samsung's Ativ Book 7 seems like an Ultrabook that should have been released two years ago. The system is sleek, but materials and build quality don't back up the premium appearance or $1,060 price tag. A current-generation MacBook Air, Lenovo Yoga 13, or even Acer S7 can put the Book 7's look and feel to shame, and the first two alternatives can be had at a slightly lower price.
Impressed with its overall performance
The 900X3B is a worthy successor to the first generation Series 9 lineup in almost every aspect and is without a doubt high-end quality hardware. In fact, everything that the 900X3B offers to users, it does extraordinarily well. Slightly lower battery life aside, Samsung has flattened the already thin chassis of the original while simultaneously maintaining the same level of durability and updating the internal hardware.
Fantastic high-res display, Excellent performance
The Samsung Series 9 is the most well-rounded Ultrabook we've reviewed to date. It gets almost everything right - it even has decent speakers. The 1600x900 PLS display has fantastic picture quality with unlimited viewing angles and an anti-glare coating for better usability. The performance is outstanding; a full boot up takes less than 11 seconds. Our battery test measured almost eight hour of life, which is good for an Ultrabook.
Great looks, Featherweight, Excellent screen
The Samsung Series 9 900X3B is one of the best looking Windows laptops we've ever seen, and one of the most covetable, too.
There are performance issues, arising from its waif-like size, but it's still more than capable of serving most people's needs, while offering head-turning style that few competitors can offer.
Indeed, for anyone who wants portable style, the only decision is this or the MacBook Air - but you won't be choosing this on price.
Best screen we've ever seen on a portable laptop
The Samsung Series 9 900X is not just the thinnest, lightest 13in laptop in the world, but it's also the best-looking, best sounding ultraportable we've come across. Its high-resolution PLS screen offers quality above any other laptop display on the market, its connectivity isn't compromised by its sleek lines, and it's great to use too with an excellent backlit keyboard and large, sensitive touchpad.
Excellent battery life, and a bright matte 1,600x900-pixel screen
If you're looking for a beautifully built, extremely thin, light, and portable ultrabook, the Samsung Series 9 rises above the competition. It may lack a few top-end features, but it's a perfect ultraportable for those who can afford it.
Beautiful, sleek design, razor-thin all-metal body
The 15-inch Samsung Series 9 is even more impressively built and designed than last year's 13-inch model, but this jaw-droppingly thin laptop isn't all that different from a 13-inch Ultrabook; it's just priced higher. If you crave impeccable design and a light luggage load along with a big, bright screen then look no further, provided your bank account can stomach it and you don't mind dongles for Ethernet and HDMI.
Thin, lightweight design, High-quality display
When compared to other ultraportable laptops, the Samsung Series 9 scores almost (or at) the top-of-the-category. It's very comparable to the Dell XPS 13, which we reviewed in March 2012. Most users should find no performance glitches with this laptop, particularly for watching streaming HD video or multitasking. Graphics performance, on the other hand, is definitely lacking due to the integrated graphics, but this isn't meant to be a gaming laptop.
Super thin, Super stylish, Super screen
There's no doubt that the Samsung Series 9 900X3B is a portable PC which will appeal more to style conscious web surfers than power hungry power users.
Not since the MacBook Air have we seen a laptop that's so easy to love, and so easy to covet. The Series 9 packs in desirability and quality engineering to a degree that few manufacturers have been able to match.
Amazingly portable and powerful, with a screen to die for
If I have only one complaint (and I do) about the Series 9, it's the keyboard. 15mm doesn't give you much depth to work with, and the shallow travel on these keys makes touch typing difficult. At $1,400, the price may be an additional concern for some buyers, but I'd happily argue that the design and power of this good-looking laptop merit the extra outlay.
The Elusive Samsung Ativ PC Pro 700t
Overall I think this tablet is great! I think if you don't use intensive programs but you want the wacom digitizer for writing go with the 500t. I think if you only plan on having ONE tablet go with the 500t (I can't imagine doing my daily new york times reading on the couch with the honker of a tablet in my hand) Honestly, If it is for surfing, email, kindle etc... I would still go ipad... but if you want productivity this is the only tablet to go with!
Most powerful Windows 7 tablet
With its sleek lines and alluring finish, the Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T is the most attractive Windows 7 tablet going. It's also the most powerful, and the one with the best accessories thanks to its included Wacom stylus, media dock and wireless keyboard. Unfortunately, it suffers from some build-quality issues; its otherwise gorgeous PLS screen doesn't have the ideal aspect ratio for a tablet, and despite Samsung's enhancements, Windows still isn't a finger-friendly OS.
Full HD screen, Good performance
Samsung's 11.6in Ativ PC Pro 700T tablet is a good one to choose if you want to run Windows 8. It has a Full HD screen and a Core i5 CPU and it performs a lot like a mid-range Ultrabook. Its keyboard dock allows it to be used for long typing sessions and its 'S Pen' allows it to be used for handwriting recognition and drawing. Well worth considering.
Very functional transformer design
There's a lot to like about the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T: it's fast, battery life is pretty good and it has a good full HD display with both multi-touch and a Wacom digitizer. The keyboard dock is in the box, so there's no hidden cost. We're not too keen on the black plastic casing that looks more netbook than $1,200 Ultrabook and Samsung needs to get the issue with keyboard disconnects sorted out (hopefully a few months from now, only working docks will be on the shelves).
Good performance, Ergonomic keyboard
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro is a powerful Windows 8 device. It is really a tablet rather than a laptop as Samsung wishes to portray it. Its powerful Core i5 dual-core CPU and 128 GB hard drive ensure a speedy and lag-free performance even with multi-tasking. The 11.6" bright Full HD touchscreen with great viewing angles is also very responsive. Thanks to a pair of decent speakers, the multimedia performance is also good.
I've had this laptop for about 2-3 weeks now, and all is good so far. Only time will tell about the long-term quality and reliability of the internal components. My primary usage pattern for a laptop is internet access, MS Office apps, and playback of iTunes music and video. For this, the unit is plenty sufficient. But note that this unit is not built for high quality audio and video.
But even so, its strong underlying performance makes the laptop worth considering for general-use, midrange buyers.
The Samsung Q430 skimps on the display and ports, but strong performance and battery life do much to offset that problem. The Samsung Q430 skimps on the display and ports, but strong performance and battery life do much to offset that problem. Gateway finally racks up some style points with this mainstream laptop, which also delivers good performance. The Asus N82Jv has good graphics, a nice screen, and a USB 3.0 port. If only it weren't so heavy.
We can't find anything that's really wrong with the Samsung Q430. Some aspects of it are bog-standard, such as the trackpad and the port selection, but otherwise it's an impressive machine, and buying one won't cost you the Earth. Overall, then, it's ace.
If you want a machine that's more portable, check out the smaller but similarly excellent Samsung Q330. Bear in mind, however, that the Q330 doesn't offer great graphical performance.
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