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Up close with Samsung's Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro (pictures)

Samsung's latest laptops are gunning for the MacBook Pro and Lenovo Yoga.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

Samsung's latest laptops are pretty similar, but with two major differences: the Book 9 Pro has more processing power, while the Book 9 Spin transforms into a tablet.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The Spin is a 13.3-inch laptop, while the Pro is 15.6 inches.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

Here's a nice size comparison with the two computers closed.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

Both machines have Core i7 processors, 8GB of memory and 256GB of solid-state storage.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

They've also both got high-resolution touchscreen displays. The Pro has a 4K screen while the Spin is nearly 4K.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The Pro is also a bit thicker and heavier.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

My favorite part: the touchpads on these machines feel smooth and responsive, unlike many Windows laptops.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The black anodized aluminum frames also look sleek and feel quite strong.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The chromed bevels around the touchpads are a nice, attention-grabbing touch.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

There's also a shiny silver Samsung logo on the lid of each computer.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

Each of these machines has plenty of full-size ports. Here's the Pro, which has a full-size HDMI port, USB 3.0 port and USB Type-C port (which supports USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2) on the left.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

You'll find two more USB 3.0 ports on the right side of the Pro.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The Spin forgoes the USB-C for a volume rocker, since it has a convertible tablet mode.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

Here's that tablet mode in action.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The right edge of the Spin. It has two full-size USB 3.0 ports and a microSD card slot. No full-size SD here.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The Spin's screen flips all the way around. You can use a touchcsreen keyboard if you prefer.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

Or you can flip it a bit farther, flat against the back of the laptop, to transform it fully into tablet mode.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The tablet can tell which side is up, so you can hold it vertically as well to see more of your favorite websites at once.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

The Pro has a full-size SD card slot. The card sticks out slightly.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

That SD card slot is cleverly hidden inside a trap door built into the curved side of the laptop.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

One last shot of the Spin.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Spin and Book 9 Pro

One last shot of the Pro.

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