CNET First Look
Samsung's Notebook 9 is a big-screen ultraportable with little extrasIts simple looks belie all the features this sub-3-pound notebook houses, especially for Galaxy phone users.
The Samsung Notebook 9 for 2017 is a simple, silver laptop with some surprises. The first thing you'll notice is its weight, it's less than 2.7 pounds, which is good for any laptop, but even more impressive for a 15-inch one. Inside the $1300 version we tested is an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigs of memory, and an Nvidia Geforce 940 MX graphics card. With Invidea's Optimus Feature, that switches between the discreet and integrated graphics, depending on performance needs. This likely helped to get more than 12 hours of battery life on our streaming video test, and also added a bit of gaming power. And when it does come time to charge, Samsung's fast charger needs just 20 minutes to deliver more than 3 hours of run time. There are other Samsung extras you get here too, like video HDR that punches up color and sharpness, and an outdoor mode that maxes out the brightness, or press and go for one finger navigation. And if you have a Galaxy device, you can use things like Side Sync that reproduces your phone on the 9's full HD screen or wi-fi camera that lets you use your phone's camera as if it were the laptop's. Then you get things like a USBC port with Thunderbolt 3 that can be used to charge the laptop and a responsible glass track pad and a comfortable spill-resistant keyboard. With the automatic backlighting and a fingerprint reader that supports Windows Hello. Basically along with the decent performance and long battery life, you get a lot of little extras that help it stand out from other ultra portables even if its looks don't