Samsung hasn't changed the design of the ATIV Book 9 Plus much, and that's a good thing. An elegant anodized aluminum body encases this laptop's brilliant 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800-pixel touch screen. Inside you'll find an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. That's more than enough power to handle work and some light gaming. Plus, the 8 hours of battery life will see you through the day.
|Best Samsung Laptops 2017|
|Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus 13-inch (2015)||Best Overall||4 out of 5|
|Samsung ATIV Book 9 15-inch||Sleek 15-Incher||4 out of 5|
|Samsung Chromebook 2||Best Chromebook||3.5 out of 5|
|Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro||New and Notable||N/A|
The $1,300 ATIV Book 9 is one of the best-looking laptops on the market, complete with an elegantly styled aluminum body that's just 0.63-inches thick and 4.4-pounds in weight. Inside is a vibrant 15-inch, 1920 x 1080 touch screen, Intel Core i5 processor and superb Dolby-enhanced speakers. The ATIV Book 9's graphics could be better, but we like its 8+ hour battery life.
As attractive as the higher-priced ATIV line, Samsung's $400 Chromebook 2 features a soft faux-leather lid and weighs a light 3 pounds. It sports a 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display with an Exynos CPU, 4GB of RAM and an impressive 9 hour and 32 minute battery life. Plus, it comes with several apps not found on most other Chromebooks. If you prefer something even more portable (and inexpensive), an 11-inch version with an Intel Celeron processor costs just $250, and lasts nearly 8 hours on a charge.
Samsung is set to push Chromebooks into the future with the Chromebook Plus and Pro. The 12.3-inch 2-in-1s weight just 4 pounds and include a pen for writing on the screen. Both will also run Android apps out of the box and are rated at 8 hours of battery life. The only difference is that the Plus is powered by an ARM CPU, while the Pro uses an Intel Skylake chip. The Plus will launch for $449 in February, while the Pro is set to release in the spring for a yet-to-be-announced-price.