Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

The Good The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite has a touch screen, feels reasonably sleek, and handles everyday tasks reasonably well.

The Bad A plastic design, underwhelming display and battery life, and underpowered AMD processing.

The Bottom Line Samsung’s latest budget spin on a Windows touch-screen, AMD-powered, ultrabook-esque laptop has some flair, but the corners it cuts aren't worth the money saved.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Battery 6.0
6.3 Overall

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Review

Budget AMD-powered plastic letdown

Sometimes it's pretty hard to tell what constitutes "low-cost" in a laptop. There are doorbuster, underpowered computers for $300, plenty of perfectly decent bargains for $500, and a wide swath of ultrabooks and gaming PCs that'll get as expensive as you let them.

The perfect sweet-spot $799 touch-screen Windows 8 ultrabook has been made already: we've reviewed several, in fact. But, those configurations tend to get discontinued.

The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite has a retail list price of $799.99, but it's now sold most places for $749. It's a reasonably nice-looking variation on the Samsung Ativ Book 9 (formerly the Series 9) superthin laptop. But, corners have been cut. Instead of metal, it's made of plastic. And, most importantly, instead of an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, the Book 9 Lite is AMD-based, using a customized quad-core processor. So, it's not an ultrabook at all -- not technically, since that branding belongs to Intel -- but, like many previous AMD-powered "sleek" laptops such as the HP Sleekbooks, the idea is similar.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $800
  • Brand Samsung
  • Type A series
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Edition Windows 8
  • Capacity 128 GB
  • Diagonal Size 13.3 in
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