Undoubtedly deserving of our Recommended Award, the Notebook 9 proves that Samsung’s efforts in the máy tính space are paying off. By giving us another powerful laptop brandishing discrete graphics that dies in nine hours instead of three, Samsung has phối the bar high for competing Windows 10 máy tính makers.

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Editor"s Note: What follows in this đánh giá is our impressions of the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 (15-inch) model. For our thoughts on the latest version, read our Samsung Notebook 9 review for 2018.

Last summer, the Samsung surprised us with its Notebook 9 Pro, a 2-in-1 laptop that will be lauded for years to lớn come for not only its versatile design, but for its long-lasting battery and flattering looks as well.

This year, that same Seoul-based tech conglomerate has come out with a version of its award-winning Samsung Notebook 9 Pro for fans of traditional máy tính form factors: the Samsung Notebook 9.

Usually when we see non-’pro’ variants come out of our favorite notebooks hit the shelves, it means only one thing: a model that’s been knocked down, performance-wise, for the sake of economic viability.

That’s not the case with the Samsung Notebook 9, a – dare we say – Ultrabook that retains the joys of the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro while taking away its ability khổng lồ transform into tablet mode. Unfortunately, however, it is bafflingly more expensive than its professional grade counterpart.

Here is the Samsung Notebook 9 (15-inch) configuration sent khổng lồ for review:

CPU: 2.7GHz Intel vi xử lý core i7-7500U (dual-core; 4MB cache; up khổng lồ 3.50GHz) Display: 15-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2GB GDDR5) Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM Storage: 256GB SSD Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2 x 2); công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.1 Camera: 720p HD Camera Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI, MicroSD thẻ reader, 3.5mm audio jack Dimensions: 13.70 x 9.03 x 0.61 inches (34.80 x 22.94 x 1.55cm) Weight: 2.73 pounds (1.24kg)

Price & availability

For $1,399 (about £989, AU$1,725), the Samsung Notebook 9 can be yours. As it’s being sold in only one configuration, and one that’s available uniquely khổng lồ the US at that, what you see is what you get from this laptop.

Then again, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering the sheer value packed into the Samsung Notebook 9’s all-aluminum body. That ostensibly lofty price tag nets you everything you see in the spec sheet khổng lồ the right.

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That’s pricier than the previous-generation Samsung Notebook 9, and confusingly enough, it costs more than the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, too.

That’s right, at $1,299 (about £1,000, AU$1,720), the similarly-specced 15-inch Samsung Notebook 9 Pro – touchscreen, 360-degree convertible display & all – is cheaper than the Samsung Notebook 9, though there are some key kiến thiết differences between the two laptops we’ll get to lớn momentarily that may very well justify the $100 premium.

Otherwise, the Samsung Notebook 9 falls somewhere between the Lenovo Yoga 720 (15-inch) và Dell XPS 15 in terms of pricing.

Whereas the former comes equipped with an Intel vi xử lý core i7-7700HQ, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD space và a 1080p screen for $1,199 (£1,299, AU$2,699), you can fetch the latter for $2,174 (£1,814, AU$2,634), armed with an Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7-7700HQ paired with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 4K screen.


Despite its inevitable comparisons to lớn the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, the vanilla Samsung Notebook 9 is a remarkably designed laptop. The moment you power nguồn it on, you’ll notice how bright, vivid and downright gorgeous the display is, not khổng lồ mention how minuscule the bezels are.

It might not have the Ultra HD fixings that the XPS 15 does, but there’s an HDR-like (high dynamic range) unique to the Samsung Notebook 9’s screen that shouldn’t go ignored. That’s no coincidence either, seeing as Samsung’s own kinh doanh materials suggest a ‘Video HDR’ feature is fully supported by the Notebook 9.

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It’s not entirely clear what specifically ‘Video HDR’ does, but it sits inside the pre-installed Samsung Settings app, alongside three other ‘Quick Settings’ and a number of deeper advanced settings. Unlike other Windows 10 laptops we’ve reviewed in the past, Samsung lets you configure ‘Auto Booting’, ‘USB charging in sleep Mode’, ‘Outdoor Mode’ and more within its own proprietary control center – very handy.