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Samsung's new laptops issue a challenge to Apple's MacBook Pro and the Lenovo YogaThe Ativ Book 9 Pro and Spin feel superb, but they're pretty pricey
Did you know Samsung makes laptops? They're kind of hard to find in stores, but we've got a pair of them, today, the ATIV Book 9 Spin, and the ATIV Book 9 Pro. They're basically Samsung's equivalent of a Mac Book Air, and a Mac Book Pro,except with a couple of quirks. The Spin flips around on a 360 degree hinge. And the Pro has a dedicated GeForce graphics chips. These are extremely high quality machines with rigid aluminum frames what don't bend or creek when you flex them around. And both of these computers have core i7 processors, 8 gigabytes or RAM and 256 gigabytes of solid state storage. High-end spec color. They're also both touchscreen machines with some pretty high-end touchscreens too. The Spin has a 3,200 by 1,800 Hi-Def touchscreen. And the Pro has a 4K screen as well. Now perhaps you have considered a Samsung laptop in the past, even read or seen a review and you've been put off by their lack of ports. Well with these new machines Machines have a much longer frame design and has room for more. Each of these machines, even the smaller 13 inch one, has three full-sized USB ports and a full-sized HDMI port to connect to a TV, no more tiny adapters. If you're a photographer though, you'll probably want to go for the pro, which has a full-sized SD card slot hidden under one of the edges And a USB type C port for future point peripherals. I've only used these machines for a couple of hours so far, but I really like their nice responsive key boards and touch pads. The touch pads on these machines definitely rival Apple's amazing touch pads in the Mac Book Pro and the Mac Book Air. That's unusual for a Windows lap [MUSIC] But you're paying a pretty penny for this build quality and these specs. The Spin will cost you $1400 out of the gate, and the Pro is $1600. I'm also not too sure about the battery life on these two computers. Samsung rates the Spin at about 7.3 hours on a charge, and the Pro on about 6.5, but we generally find computers last a good bit less than the manufacturer estimates in practice. And, if we're talking about manufacture estimates, computers from Dell, HP, and, of course, Apple's Macbook Air and Macbook Pro line Lasts up to 12 hours on a charge. So we're expecting these will follow a little behind the pack. But if you're looking for an extremely high quality laptop and you're willing to pay for it, maybe carry a charger along with you, these might be worth considering.