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

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The Bottom Line

Samsung offers a fairly compelling product with the ATIV Book 9 series of Ultrabook devices. The $999-list ATIV Book 9 delivers a dual-core 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD 4000 Graphics driving a 1600 x 900 LED-lit display, 128 GB SSD and 4GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM running 64-bit Windows 8. For $100 more, Apple's $1,099 MacBook Air delivers the same amount of SSD and RAM, a display with slightly lower resolution driven by a slightly slower dual-core Intel Core i5 processor but with the more capable HD 5000 Graphics processor running Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

On the higher end, a $1,399 Samsung ATIV Book 9 delivers a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 256 GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, 1920x1080 display driven by Intel HD 4000 Graphics running 64-bit Windows 8. The same system with an Apple logo and OS, with a slightly lower resolution driven by a more capable GPU lists for $1,449.

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