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Samsung ATIV Book 9-Lite NP915S3G-K01 13.3-inch Touch Screen Notebook Review

Samsung ATIV Book 9-Lite NP915S3G-K01 13.3-inch Touch Screen Notebook Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Samsung's ATIV Book 9-Lite slots in somewhere between mainstream laptop and tablet on steroids, though at first glance it looks unassailably like an Ultrabook.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Dec 23 2013   Max Page  
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Laptop Details: Ports, Screen, Keyboard...

The thinness of the Samsung ATIV Book 9-Lite notebook doesn't leave much room for ports. Along the left side of the notebook we find a DC power socket, USB 3.0 port, micro-HDMI video output and miniature connector for the supplied RJ45 LAN dongle. The dongle is required if you get your internet via a standard Ethernet (wired) cable. In our tests we just used the ATIV Book 9-Lite's comprehensive wireless LAN which supports 802.11bgn WiFi. The RJ-45 wired LAN dongle comes with a dust cap to protect the mini connector end, so tossing it in your bag when it's not needed won't be an issue.

On the right side of the ATIV Book 9-Lite is a mini-VGA port, 1.8" headphone/microphone jack, USB2.0 port and Kensington lock hole. Samsung neglect to include the mini-VGA dongle for connecting a desktop monitor. The adaptor costs an extra $40.

13.3" Touch Screen Display for Windows 8

Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Lite notebook comes with a nice 13.3" widescreen display that is touch sensitive. That means you can drag your fingers across the display to interact with Windows 8 directly, just as you would on a Tablet or iPad. The 16:9 aspect ratio screen is sized just right for watching full screen movies on, but with only 128GB of storage (99GB of which is usable) there is limited space for archiving an extensive movie collection. The capacitive touch screen panel supports up to 10-points for multi-gestural inputs (like kids finger painting!).

The display has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels which looks quite good from head on. The viewing angles are nothing exceptional, but we didn't find them too limiting while testing the ATIV Book 9-Lite either. I'd estimate them to be around 140 degrees vertical - 150 degrees horizontal. The AMD Radeon HD 8250 graphics core supports multiple displays, meaning you can extend or duplicate the Windows 8 desktop to external monitors or HDTVs via the mini-VGA or micro-HDMI outputs.

Flat Open Notebook

The screen tilts almost completely back which allows this notebook to sit virtually flat on a table top, just as a tablet can.

81-Key Keyboard

The ATIV Book 9-Lite has a very comfortable 81-key keyboard that's large enough for folks with big hands. The keyboard measures 11" across, the same as a standard desktop keyboard, but uses flat, tile style keys. The keys have a 19mm pitch, 2mm stroke and thankfully are not coated with a glossy material that feels weird under ones' finger tips.

The keyboard layout is logical, with a set of narrow arrow keys tucked below the right shift key so they are in easy reach. The Samsung ATIV Book 9-Lite presents a very clean appearance.

Above the keyboard are four status indicator lights; one for Power, WiFi On/Off status and Caps lock status lights.

On the right hand side there is just a power button. Minimalism at its best!

Gestural Touch Pad

The gestural touch pad supports multi-finger command short cuts for common every day tasks such as scrolling up or down a long web page, going back or zooming. The left and right buttons are integrated into the touch pad at the bottom corners.

720P HD Webcamera

With Skype now under the Microsoft umbrella, you'll be hard pressed to find a notebook these days without a built-in web camera for video conferencing. Samsung's ATIV Book 9-Lite comes with a useful 720P HD web camera, internal microphones and a pair of 1.5W stereo speakers.

At the heart of Samsung's ATIV Book 9-Lite notebook is a mobile 1.0GHz, AMD quad-core processor which sips less than 10W of power. The CPU's four cores simultaneously process four threads between them and depending on system load, Turbo Core can increase CPU clock frequency up from the base 1.0GHz to a maximum 1.4 GHz. We'll take a close look at this next as PCSTATS cracks open the ATIV Book 9-Lite for a look under the hood.

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Contents of Article: Samsung NP915S3G-K01
 Pg 1.  Samsung ATIV Book 9-Lite NP915S3G-K01 13.3-inch Touch Screen Notebook Review
 Pg 2.  ATIV Book 9-Lite Photo Gallery
 Pg 3.  — Laptop Details: Ports, Screen, Keyboard...
 Pg 4.  AMD Kabini Processor and Radeon Integrated Graphics
 Pg 5.  Looking Under the Hood - HDD & Memory
 Pg 6.  Notebook Benchmarks: Sysmark 2012, PCmark Vantage
 Pg 7.  Notebook Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11
 Pg 8.  Notebook Benchmarks: Sandra 2012 CPU / Memory / SSD
 Pg 9.  Notebook SSD Benchmarks: PCmark Vantage HDD Suite, AS SSD
 Pg 10.  Final Thoughts on the ATIV

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