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Want to step up to a faster laptop? Samsung’s new Ativ Book 9 Flip and Pro could be what you need

As computer manufacturers gear up for the holidays, they start to target the lower price market for laptops and all-in-ones, but that’s not what every user is looking to see under the tree this year. Some people want a fully armed and operational¬†computer that’s light, but doesn’t skimp on important features like the display. If that sounds like you, Samsung is rolling out two new laptops, the Ativ Book 9 Spin and Ativ Book 9 Pro, that are definitely worth a look.

For the Ativ Book 9 Spin, Samsung is doubling down on the 360-degree hinge form factor. The flippable touch display runs at an impressive 3,200 x 1,800 resolution, especially considering its 13.3-inch size. Under the hood, it boasts an Intel Core i7-6500U, a dual-core chip with Hyper-Threading, a 2.5GHz base clock, and a 3.1GHz maximum Turbo Boost.

The Ativ Book 9 Pro kicks up the performance of the Spin, while also providing an ample screen size bump to 15.6 inches. The processor in the Pro is an Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a quad-core chip with Hyper-Threading, a base clock of 2.6GHz, and a Turbo Boost of 3.5GHz. The touch display has 4K resolution. These extras add a¬†little over two pounds to the total weight. Finally, the Pro features Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 950M graphics, with 2GB of dedicated VRAM.

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Both the Ativ Book 9 Pro and Spin feature an HDR-enhanced display, offering up optimized brightness and contrast settings. There’s also an outdoor mode that raises the brightness on the Spin to 700nit, and the Pro to 500nit – a rating well above almost any monitor we’ve tested without the feature. They both start with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 720p webcam, and the standard connectivity suite of Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Both the Ativ Book 9 Pro and Ativ Book 9 Spin will be available starting in November. The Pro will start at $1,599, while the Spin will start at a slightly cheaper $1,399. Neither of the models are particularly inexpensive, but both offer a solid feature set and performance level for the price point without skimping on the display quality.