Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus Windows 8 Laptop

If you are still looking for a super-powered ultrabook that is true to being portable and user-friendly like slates, then this slate-looking Samsung gear should amount well to your needs. Introducing the new Ativ Book 9 Plus of Samsung, finally there’s a strong contender to the mouth-watering Retina display offered on many Apple devices. What you get here is a very resolute display, a very beautiful body, and a good juice of performance—all at a great cost of up to $1,400. Should you buy?

Starting with the design, the Ativ Book 9 Plus of Samsung looks very solid, minimalistic, thin, and very modern. At a weight of more or less than 3lbs and with a thickness of a very little more than half an inch on its thickest point, it really is a head-turner when it comes to form factor. Coming in only one color, which is a metallic greyish (slightly bluish) finish, the Ativ Book 9 Plus is really tempting to be held and slipped into the bag. And before I miss this, the lid can also be tilted with a finger without having the whole system roll over the desk, and you can tilt flat the lid to be parallel with the body.

For a 13.3-inch ultrabook, we can easily accept that to save the weight and depth, some ports and hardware need to be eliminated. Luckily, for the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus, we have two hi-powered USB 3.0 ports, a mini-display port, mini-HDMI, micro-USB, a (Kensington lock), power port, combo audio port, and an SD card reader which is situated on the lower curve of the body. Found on the bottom also are the speaker grilles and the battery that is good for more or less ten hours depending on use. If you want to connect an Ethernet cable, luckily a dongle is ready inside the package.

Probably the biggest asset of the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is its better-than-Retina display. Aside from using PLS for a virtually seamless viewing angle and aside from using a very strong glass (I’m not sure if it’s Gorilla glass), the screen that measures only 13.3” cramped the resolution of a whopping 3200×1800 at around 275ppi (that’s qHD and is hence a way lot crisper than full HD 1080p). There’s no problem with the display itself as Samsung really maintained the quality, and the 350-nit display brightness is suitable even for outdoors.

The material used for the display can be a bit troubling when you are under a hard light because of the reflections, but this should not really matter much. However, since I mentioned you won’t find any problem with the big resolution and the good display here, the problem you are about to face is the Windows 8 here which up to this date is not really ready for resolutions this big. Especially if you learn that the same display offers multi-touch gestures, cramping the OS into the resolution will mean that you will find it hard to read some text and even tap on some key buttons that you are fond of with Windows. Samsung says that it offers a way for such sensitive objects to be more accessible, but this is still to be confirmed.

The keyboard employed in the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is also a plus. Though the keys look shallow in depth, experience tells that the keys are very enjoyable to type on. There’s a very little flex on the keyboard plane here, but luckily the heat is properly managed. The keyboard also comes with a rather friendlier white backlight here, and keys look very amply spaced. Then there’s the clickpad as well. The clickpad is very spacious and can be surprising for a small ultrabook like this, and adding to this is also the wrist rest which is very generous as well.

Empowering the Ativ Book 9 Plus of Samsung is an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor at 1.6GHz (overclocking at 2.6GHz) and 4GB of RAM—both of which do not really compete well with the latest MacBook Pro. However, with the inclusion of Intel HD Graphics 4400, you should at least play enough lite games here, and the rest of the computing needs are all-presumable carried on. You can also do PhotoShop or any apps that need more resource, but for sure you wouldn’t do much. Other than this, there are the dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 720p webcam, a 128GB SSD (booting up more or less 10 seconds), and the said battery life.

The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is an incredible piece of art and a machine, but performance may not be really that up to par with Apple’s latest line of products. The great display is a strong contender, but unless you have a budget ready, you would surely prefer some other models out there.

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus Windows 8 Laptop Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 62,000.00

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