Despite the fact that over the past few years a huge number of good ultrabooks have come out, not a single one with a 15-inch screen comes to mind.
Samsung is in a hurry to fix this annoying situation and recently introduced the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition - an updated Series 9 laptop from the distant 2012. Like the original, this device is incredibly thin and light, only now the full display has a full HD touchscreen, the processor has become more fast and the battery is bigger.
And all this for an immodest $ 1,500, for which you can buy an ultrabook and more powerful. So is it worth spending your sweat and blood earned money on ATIV Book 9 ? Let's find out.
By and large, ATIV Book 9 2014 is a hyped version of ATIV Book 9 Plus , which was released last fall.
Like its predecessor, Book 9 is made of smooth aluminum, which is painted in the color Mineral Black Ash. The laptop is quite elegant and resembles a MacBook Air .
In terms of quality, it is also comparable to an Apple laptop, although due to black ink, it collects more fingerprints. If you want your ATIV to always look fresh, I advise you to buy a microfiber cloth and wipe the laptop lid at least once a day.
The minimalistic design continues under the cover: a lot of metal surfaces and the absence of decorations make up a large part of the interior decoration, only the power button and the framing of the trackpad stand out from the general number of lines and colors. And this is very good. Samsung is worth praising, because they managed to make the functional gadget beautiful and stylish, which not everyone succeeds in.
If you put aside fingerprints, the ATIV Book 9 is almost an ideal laptop. Weighing 1778 grams and a thickness of 16mm, it feels almost weightless and is also the lightest 15-inch laptop on the market.
Despite the fact that these sizes are slightly larger than the previous model, Book 9 did it only good, because the ports are now located more convenient than before.
Some connectors before did not exist. For example, micro-HDMI has been replaced by full-fledged HDMI. Everything else, namely: three USB (two of which 3.0), mini-VGA, a headphone / microphone jack, as well as an SD memory card slot are installed on the sides of the laptop, and are always at hand which is good news.
In addition to this, although the laptop is not full-sized (you will need an adapter), the real RJ-45 Internet port is for wired Internet, which in certain situations can be a very useful feature.
Keyboard and trackpad
You should be aware that for the most part, keyboards on Samsung laptops are quite ordinary. ATIV Book 9 falls within this definition, although it has some improvements over other Samsung devices.
To begin with, the keys have a small outline, thanks to which it is easier to cling to and press for them. In addition, the keyboard is covered with a soft coating, which makes touching them a pleasure.
In all other respects, the Book 9 keyboard is inferior to its competitors from Apple , Dell and Lenovo . But still, this keyboard can be typed without any special inconvenience, and the laptop cannot be perfect in everything.
Oh yes, the trackpad is not too good either. He showed himself much better than on the previous model, but once in the full moon he refuses to obey my finger, although the rest of the time everything is fine, and even gestures using several fingers (in most cases) work as they should.
If you have already thought about buying ATIV Book 9, then most likely you have noticed that the screen of this laptop is significantly larger than its predecessor. The display of this laptop measures 15.6 inches diagonally, which is incomparably larger compared to conventional 13-inch ultrabooks.
In addition, it has very good picture quality: the colors on this display are bright, and the reflective coating and bright backlight allows you to enjoy quality under the scorching sun.
But there were some problems, which in this case is resolution. Although the new model has a higher resolution (1,920 x 1,080 versus 1,600 x 900), the pixel density does not reach other ultrabooks with 13-inch screens.
Thus, even the most ordinary mid-range ultrabook can boast a much wider number of pixels per inch, and as a result - a clearer picture. In this case, you have to choose between quality and size, but this does not mean that the Book 9 screen is bad. On the contrary, he is very good.
Of course, on paper it loses in terms of ppi, but what is written on paper is not the main thing.
You should dwell on the sound longer, because it is the excellent sound quality that most distinguishes ATIV Book 9 from other ultrabooks.
At first glance, you can’t tell, but from below, on Book 9 there are two speakers that work through the Wolfson WM5102 decoder / encoder. This converter was designed specifically for mobile devices and, as a result, offers very high-quality sound, and at the same time does not require large amounts of energy.
This feature allows the laptop to work with a resolution of 24-bit and a frequency of 192kHz - in fact, the maximum quality of audio files sold on sites like Hdtracks .
Most likely, if you have already entered the world of high-quality digital music, then you already have your favorite player, but just in case, Samsung secured itself and pre-installed its own S Player + on the laptop, which supports FLAC and ALAC.
Needless to say, although the laptop has good speakers, you can fully enjoy the built-in DAC only with headphones or an audio system that can be easily connected via the corresponding connector.
Performance and battery
ATIV Book 9 enters the system in five seconds, which is two times faster than my expectations. Launching this laptop for the first time, I immediately realized that Samsung really made an ultrabook worthy of an ultra console, and benchmark tests confirm this.
On Book 9, a Core i5-4200U processor and 8GB RAM are installed, which is enough to compete on equal terms even with the most powerful ultrabooks from other manufacturers.
Of the minuses, it should be noted that the solid-state hard drive does not reach the declared 551 MB / s, and in our tests showed only 141 MB / s, which cannot but upset.
Yes, the system boots quickly, but given that it could boot lightning fast, the soul becomes restless.
For everyday work, the ATIV Book 9 is perfect. Of course, modern games are not enough for him, but in order to perform everyday tasks like the Internet, mail, TV series, etc., the power of Book 9 is more than enough.
In addition, on this laptop you can safely process photos in Photoshop or even make-up videos (unless of course you are not doing this professionally).
According to Samsung, the battery installed in ATIV Book 9 can last up to 8.8 hours. In reality, things are even better and in our endurance test the laptop worked for 9 hours 48 minutes, which exceeded all my expectations.
This is almost two hours more than the old model worked, and even more than the super-popular MacBook Air. Moreover, laptops with smaller screens are involved in this comparison, so the difference becomes even more striking.
Configurations and Competitors
The 2014 model starts at $ 1,500 and has the following features: Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD. For $ 1,900, you can upgrade your already good laptop to a Core i7 CPU and 256GB drive.
It’s a pity, of course, that you can’t configure each of their options at your discretion, but Samsung did everything of its choice and this choice is not bad at all.
As for the competitors, there are practically none, because the other 15-inch computers didn’t stand next to the thin and light Book 9. The closest competitors are the Dell XPS 15 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina screen. Both of these laptops offer a powerful filling, and from the outside they look very stylish and of high quality.
- The best sound quality in the classroom
- Long battery life
- Nice keyboard and trackpad
- One of the few 15-inch ultrabooks
- The screen is not as sharp as on other ultrabooks
- Similar specifications can be found on cheaper cars.
- High price
The ATIV Book 9 itself is a great ultrabook. Its minimalist design is attractive in appearance, its powerful filling allows you to work and have fun without problems, and the battery will work for as long as you need.
Despite the fact that it is expensive and prices start at only $ 1,500, this laptop is worth the money, if only because of the details installed in it (do not forget about the special chip for processing FLAC).
Yes, there are cheaper ultrabooks on the market with 13-inch screens, which have more pixels per inch, but if you definitely need a fifteen-inch ultrabook (whether for movies or work), you should first consider buying an ATIV Book 9.
ATTENTION! This is a translation of the Engadget review .