Review: Samsung's Notebook 9 Nails Portability And Power


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After opening up the Notebook 9, a new Windows 10 laptop from Samsung, we instantly feel empowered to be productive. The keyboard is perfect -- it’s big and the keys don’t feel flimsy -- and the touchpad works great right off the bat (unlike many Windows touchpads). 

The display is also huge -- 15 inches, with a minimal bezel -- which is ideal for the 1 million windows we like to keep open at a time on our screen.

Maybe the Notebook 9 feels so natural from the get-go because, in many ways -- especially its touchpad, keyboard and aluminum body -- this is a laptop that calls to mind the MacBook Pro (a device we're very familiar with).

But that’s not a bad thing. The MacBook Pro does have a fantastic touchpad and keyboard, and Samsung is smart to channel those here.

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But here’s how the Notebook 9 has a leg up over its cousin from the Apple world -- this thing is super thin and light.

And solution providers who serve highly mobile executives might be especially interested in the Notebook 9, due to the killer combination of portability --  it’s just 0.57 of an inch and 2.9 pounds -- and durability (it's built from aluminum and magnesium alloy). 

The thin/light profile is worth digging into a little, for a few reasons. 

One is that the processor is not one of the low-power, mobile-oriented chips that are found in many other highly portable laptops. 

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