With a slim design, beautiful screen, long battery life and superior sound quality, the ATIV Book 9 2014 version is a testament to Samsung's power not only at smartphone and tablet products.
With brightly colored 1920 x 1080 pixel screen, the speaker has impressive sound and the body is only 1.63cm thin, ATIV Book 9 is really one of the most remarkable laptops on the market today. now on.
However, at the price range of 1,500 USD (about 32 million VND), ATIV Book 9 still carries in itself an inherent weakness of high-end laptop: no loose graphics. Is ATIV Book 9 really worthy of its price? Let's come with reviews of LaptopMag To get the most appropriate answer.
Both ATIV Book 9 looks and hand-held experience exuded high-class looks. The ATIV Book 9 aluminum body is covered in a dark gray color that Samsung named "Mineral Ash Black" (roughly translated: Black Ash Mineral) slightly leaning green under the light. The hinges between the camera body and the screen and the slightly rounded edges are silver, while the Samsung logo also has a silver color on the back that acts as a luxurious decoration.
At 37.4 x 25 x 1.6cm and weighing nearly 2kg, the ATIV Book 9 is considerably slimmer and lighter than other competing 15.6-inch laptops. For example, Toshiba's Satellite P50T is up to 37.8 x 24.4 x 2.8 cm and weighs 2.36kg while Dell's Inspiron 15 is 37.8 x 25.4 x 2 , 29cm and weight 2.54kg. Even Apple's MacBook Pro 15 is up to 35.8 x 24.6 x 1.8 cm and weighs 2kg.
ATIV Book 9's 15.6 inch touch screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels offers a very pleasant user experience in the evaluation of LaptopMag: vivid colors and wide viewing angles. Both trailers for X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardian of the Galaxy are impressively captured by Samsung's high-end laptop. For example, the blue color on the skin of Mystique's character or Gamora's green color becomes extremely brilliant, Wolverine's forehead wrinkles are not missed either.
In the test of measuring the color range of LaptopMag, ATIV Book 9 clearly showed its strength thanks to 98.2% of the sRGB standard color range, much higher than the average of 80.3% of mainstream laptop segment (multi-purpose laptop: made work, play digital content, play games …). The Satellite P50T display can only display 87% of the sRGB color range, but the ATIV Book 9 is still worse than the Inspiron 15 with 103% of sRGB color display.
ATIV Book 9's color accuracy in the Delta E test (0 points equivalent to absolute accuracy) is 5.5 points, worse than 3.3 for the Satellite P50T but much better than level 11.9 of Inspiron 15.
At the 279-nit brightness, the ATIV Book 9 surpasses the 256-nit average of the mainstream laptop segment, Satellite P50T's 229-nit level and the Inspiron 15. 211-nit. outperform Dell's high-end XPS 15 with screen brightness of up to 364-nit.
In return, the colors of ATIV Book 9 screen are not pale or deformed even when the viewer moves 90 degrees to the left or right. The laptop's 10-point touchscreen is also very sensitive to user touch gestures: in the test LaptopMag, editors were able to draw all 10 fingers simultaneously on Windows Paint.
With Dolby Digital software, the sound of ATIV Book 9 stereo speakers brings not only big, clear but also accurate enough for you to enjoy the music. Even if you play many bass tracks like Forget Me Nots or songs with many guitar and drums like How You Like Me Now, ATIV Book 9 does not experience thin, dazzling sounds. Even ATIV Book 9 can separate audio ranges in music tracks by 2 stereo channels (1 of the instruments are only recorded for right or left channel).
ATIV Book 9 sounds loud enough for people in a medium-sized room to enjoy. The maximum volume reaches 86db, on par with the average of the mainstream laptop segment and higher than the XPS's 84db level 15. Dolby Digital software also has an equalizer that allows audio changes for music, movies and games .
Keyboard and touchpad
The spacious Chiclet keyboard of ATIV Book 9 provides a good typing experience even though it is quite shallow and the force of feedback is quite weak. At a maximum of 1mm press and the key pressing force is 50 grams, ATIV Book 9 is worse than the Satellite P50T (2mm, 60 grams) and Inspiron 15 (1.5mm, 60 grams).
In return, the bounce of the keys on ATIV Book 9 reached an acceptable level. In test of LaptopMag, editors have reached the typing speed of 79 words / minute, lower than the average of 86 words / minute. The light on the ATIV Book 9 keyboard is not really bright but it is enough for you to clearly see the key name.
ATIV Book 9's touchpad has no physical buttons and measures 10.8 x 7.6cm. The quality of the touchpad on ATIV Book 9 is also quite good, providing an accurate mouse experience even though sometimes there is still a phenomenon of not receiving movement. Touch gestures on Windows 8 such as swipe hands to activate the charm menu or application screen are all detected and performed smoothly. While drag-to-zoom gestures work quite accurately, LaptopMag failed to activate other touch gestures such as rotating with 2 fingers or sliding 3 fingers.
ATIV Book 9 is one of the few high-end laptop models with very good heat dissipation capability. After 15 minutes of video playback, ATIV Book 9's touchpad has a temperature of only 26.1 degrees Celsius while both the keyboard and lower body have a temperature of 31.7 degrees Celsius.
In the process of using the laptop, you will not be able to feel the heat when the laptop has a temperature below 32 degrees C and will only be uncomfortable when the body temperature up to 35 degrees Celsius. All locations are below this level.
Connection port and webcam
Because of its ultra-thin size, ATIV Book 9 has a limited number of connection ports. On the right side of the camera body there is a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port, Kensington lock slot, 3-in-1 card reader and LAN connection connector. The left side of the device is an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port and a VGA port.
ATIV Book 9's 720p webcam gives brilliant colors but captures too much noise even in direct light. In dark rooms, the resulting image is even more noisy and darker, though still good enough at an acceptable level.
ATIV Book 9 Geekbench scores are quite disappointing
With a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and Intel HD 4400 graphics, ATIV Book 9 has enough performance for your daily activities like surfing the web or watching videos. However, ATIV Book 9's integrated graphics are not powerful enough to play games or edit videos / CAD drawings.
On PCMark7 benchmark program, ATIV Book 9 had a score of 4,681, surpassing the average of 4,093 of the mainstream laptop segment. However, thanks to Core i7 processor, Satellite P50T (5,637) and XPS 15 (5,806) can still pass ATIV Book 9 easily.
Similarly, in the Geekbench 3, ATIV Book 9 composite benchmark test, it only got a score of 5.151, lower than the 8.642 average of the segment. All competing products have overwhelming scores ATIV Book 9: 15 inch MacBook Pro scores 13.652, XPS 15 reaches 11,630 and Satellite P50T reaches 12,552.
ATIV's 128GB solid-state drive Book 9 took just 8 seconds to boot Windows 8.1 Pro, twice as fast as the Satellite P50T's 17 seconds and an average of 19 seconds of the segment. Even the XPS 15 takes 14 seconds to start Windows 8.
Hard drive speed is quite average, but still too inferior to MacBook Pro and XPS 15
ATIV Book 9 takes 57 seconds to complete the copy test of 5GB of data LaptopMag, equivalent to data read / write speeds of 89.3 MB / sec, slightly higher than the average of 86 MB / sec but too slow compared to MacBook Pro (309 MB / sec) and XPS 15 (231.3 MB / second).
Testing Open Office Spreadsheet Macro (adding 20,000 names to the address) took 5 minutes 21 seconds to complete on ATIV Book 9. The score of a high-end Samsung laptop is not higher than the average of 5 minutes 32 seconds Tell and leave the Satellite P50T (3:59) away.
You can watch HD movies on ATIV Book 9, but this laptop doesn't have enough graphics power to play games. In the 3DMark Ice Storm graphics benchmark test, ATIV Book 9 only reached 40.102 points, much lower than the average of 46,898. The XPS 15 had a score of 56,113, while the Satellite P50T scored 51,390.
As expected, Intel HD 4400 scores on 3DMark are very poor
In the World of Warcraft game test at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and automatic customization, ATIV Book 9 clocked at 41 frames per second. When the resolution increased to 1920 x 1080 pixels, the ATIV Book 9 still surpassed the playable level (30 frames per second) with a result of 34 frames per second. ATIV scores only half the average (83/90 frames per second) in the above 2 resolutions. The XPS 15 reaches 86 frames per second at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and 59 frames per second in Full HD resolution.
When turning on graphics effects, ATIV Book 9 gives very disappointing results: 22 frames / second (1366 x 768 pixels) and 15 frames / second (Full HD).
Battery life in minutes
In a continuous 100-nit web surfing test via Wi-Fi, the ATIV Book 9 reached a battery life of up to 8 hours 38 minutes, far exceeding the average of 6 hours 19 minutes. The Satellite P50T has a battery life of only … 2 hours 38 minutes, while the XPS 15 is also quite impressive at 7 hours 07. The MacBook Pro (8 hours 57 minutes) is only slightly less than ATIV Book 9: 20 minutes.
Like on smartphone and tablet, ATIV Book 9 is installed by Samsung with some software … garbage, in which there are only a few really useful applications for users. For example, Samsung Link application allows you to share content easily with other Samsung devices (smartphone, tablet, PC). Samsung SideSync allows you to control your phone from your PC when connected via USB, so you can use your smartphone as a window on ATIV Book 9 or copy files.
S Play + will help you play music and videos, while the S Photo app allows you to edit relatively simple photos on the touch screen of ATIV Book 9. Like other business laptops, ATIV Book 9 is installed Norton version available. It also installed a 90-day trial version of Photoshop Elements 11.
Starting price version of ATIV Book 9 costs 1499 USD (32 million, original price in the US) with i5-4200U processor and 128GB SSD. The more advanced version has a Core i7-4500U processor and a 256GB SSD at a price of $ 1899 (40 million, original price in the US).
– Slim, beautiful design.
– Brilliant screen.
– Good battery life.
– Great sound, clear.
– Lack of graphics power.
With good battery life, decent handling performance, high quality screen and beautiful design, ATIV Book 9 is an attractive option for users who need a 15-inch laptop to cater to their needs. Simple office and entertainment work (listening to music, watching HD movies, playing casual games). However, the graphics power of ATIV Book 9 is still too short compared to the price range of 1500 USD and is not commensurate with the high-class aluminum shell and the Full HD touch screen of the machine.
At a price of $ 1500, graphics users can buy a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina screen, a higher-end Core i5 version with Intel Iris graphics and a 256GB SSD hard drive. The 15-inch MacBook Pro version costs about 2000 USD but is upgraded to a quad-core Core i7 processor instead of i5 like ATIV Book 9. XPS 15 is also a bad choice for Windows fans with screen level High resolution and Nvidia graphics. However, if you only need a beautiful laptop, have all day battery life to work and watch movies anywhere, ATIV Book 9 will be an attractive option.
According to LaptopMag