Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2014) video review

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The hordes of Ultrabooks that pass through our offices have left us jaded to the thinness of such devices, but the Samsung ATIV Book 9 manages to overcome our cynicism. Thickness comes in at just 16 millimeters, despite the 15.6-inch screen. This means that the 15.6-inch Samsung ATIV Book 9 is thinner than the 13-inch MacBook Air. The slim profile is further enhanced by tapered edges that make the laptop feel even smaller than its diminutive dimensions suggest.

We weren’t initially enthused with the ATIV Book 9’s display, but only because of the system’s insanely aggressive adaptive dimming which, when turned on, often rendered the laptop unusable. When turned off, the screen shimmered with a maximum output of 290 lux. Further tests revealed that the display can render 97 percent of the sRGB gamut, and reach a contrast ratio of 620:1 at maximum brightness.

Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 is essentially a 15-inch MacBook Air. If you’ve ever wanted such a thing, well, here’s your chance to own it, albeit with Windows 8.1 instead of OS X. The ATIV Book 9′s razor-thin profile, minimal heft, and bright display make it more portable than some 13-inch Ultrabooks, yet it still provides the space and comfort of a large, mainstream laptop.

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