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Samsung's 12-inch Ativ Book 9 is a slim laptop that doesn't skimp on portsThe Windows mirror image of Apple's 12-inch MacBook, Samsung adds more ports, but loses battery life.
[MUSIC] Which of the new 12 inch laptops is right for you? I'm Dan Ackerman and this is Samsung's ATIV Book 9. [UNKNOWN] Samsung is used on on a lot of laptops. What makes this one different, is that it's got a 12 inch screen which is a larger screen. It runs Intel's CORE m processor and it's very slim, very light. And it has a 12-inch better than HD, non-touch display. If that all sounds very familiar, that's because. It's pretty much essentially the same as this guy that came out at about the same time Apple's 12 inch math book again another 12 inch laptop, higher res, non touch display, Intel Core M and again just about to pass the difference here because this guy is running Windows and this is running Apple's OS 10 operating system. And of course Apple has very famously restricted this to a single USB type C port, while Samsung shows you that, even though you've got something very small and, and weighs the same, they actually manage to fit in. One full sized USB over here and a headphone jack, and a second full sized USB over here and a micro HDMI port. And that shows you that you don't necessarily have to strip all the ports out to get something uh,you know, this small and this light. What you, what you don't get is that big, extra wide faced keyboard that Apple has in their version. This is a standard island style keyboard. It certainly feels a lot smaller typing on it than the Apple version you get more of that kind of deep satisfying click cause the keys are actually deeper. Touchpad is fairly big with any touch screen you really have to rely on multi-touch gestures that don't work as well with Windows as they do in OS 10. It's usually on a Windows laptop like this you use a touchpad for some things, you may tap on the screen occasionally but again here. That's not gonna happen. Performance is certainly good enough just like on the Mac Book version for casual web surfing, Netflix, streaming HD video. These are not gonna be really all day, every day systems, because that Intel core processor. The biggest difference here between them is that this guy ran for about. Seven and a half hours on our battery test showing you that that core M chip, you know, doesn't usually drive all day laptops. Apple, however, managed to squeeze 11 hours out of pretty much the same hardware so. So if you're doing a lot of like cross country flying, want to hang out at the coffee shop all day that's something to keep in mind. Our other big issue is price Apple very expenses $1299 for eight gigs of RAM and 256 gig SSD. The Samsung version for the same specs is actually a $100 more, it's $1399, but you can actually cut that down to four gigs of RAM and 128 gig SSD for $1199. So sometimes it's less expensive. Sometimes it's more expensive. I'm Dan Akron, and that is the Samsung ATIV Book 9. [MUSIC]