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Samsung's seven ATIV Book 9 models all offer roughly the same array of inputs and outputs, with just some slight variations on the media card readers. All come with one each USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 with sleep charge, microphone/headphone combo jack, multicard reader (3- or 4-in-one, depending on model), and Gigabit Ethernet port (with required adapter). There's also a VGA and Micro HDMI ports, both of which require an optional adapter. Samsung also packs a pair of 1.5-watt speakers, internal mic and HD webcam. The tested unit has a 4-in-1 reader. As for wireless communications, Samsung offers dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and wired Gigabit Ethernet with an included RJ45 adapter. Samsung also supports Intel's emerging Wireless Display (WiDi) spec.
The ATIV Book 9 series of Ultrabook devices is compelling, and Samsung delivers major innovations and improvements to system responsiveness and control. And with its seven Ultrabook models, Samsung does offer more flexibility in terms of processor and graphics options than the typical Ultrabook maker. The higher-end $1,399 Samsung ATIV Book 9 we tested delivers a 1.7-GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 256-GB SSD, 4 GB of RAM and 1,920-x-1,080 display driven by Intel HD 4000 Graphics running 64-bit Windows 8. We look forward to seeing longer battery life this fall, when ATIV Book 9 units are built around Haswell.