Head-To-Head: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Vs. Apple MacBook Air


Model Mania

Samsung offers seven models of the 13-inch Ultrabook formerly known as Series 9 ranging in list price from $999 to $1,699. Two $999 entry-level models are offered with 128 GB solid-state drives plus different versions of the Intel Core i5 processor at different clock speeds and Intel HD Graphics editions. Four models are available with faster, more powerful Intel Core i7 processors and options for upgrading to 8 GB RAM and SSD capacity of 256 GB. Operating system options are Windows 7, Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.

Apple's configuration model for MacBook Air is a bit simpler. The company offers 128 GB and 256 GB editions of the 13-inch MacBook Air with 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor at $1,099 and $1,299 respectively. Each can be ordered with a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM or both; the 256 GB version can be ordered with 512 GB. All come with Mac OS X Mountain Lion.