Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite review

Samsung gives its coveted Series 9 a budget makeover

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  • Battery life – 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Cinebench 11.5 - CPU – 0.96pts
  • OpenGL – 9.77fps
  • 3DMark Ice Storm – 17,115
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate – 1438
  • 3DMark Fire Strike – 280

With a white-label processor built into the Samung ATIV Book 9 Lite, we were eager to check out its performance. So how did it fare in our benchmark tests?

First we tested graphics performance using 3DMark. Scores were well below par across the three tests, with renders struggling to top 7fps, making gaming out of the question (you need around 30fps for a decent gaming experience).

Stood on its open lid
What sort of performance does the 9 Lite offer?

Let's put those scores in context. Intel's entry-level, low-power Core i3 processor also failed miserably when it came to gaming performance, scoring 20,000 points in the first test. Consider that the Samsung scored 17,115 in the same test, and you'll have some idea of the (lack of) power on offer.

We tested SimCity on the ATIV Book 9 Lite, and while the game was playable on the lowest graphics settings, it wasn't an enjoyable experience. However, the same goes for the Acer Aspire P3, which packs an entry-level fourth-generation Intel Core processor.

Performance gulf

While the scores in the 3D tests were relatively close, the processor tests really exposed the gulf in performance. Recording a score of 0.96 in Cinebench 11.5, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite's lack of processing grunt is laid bare.

The 9 Lite hand rest
It's quad-core, but the numbers don't impress

The benchmark tests backed up what we saw in real-world use too. Slow and sluggish performance was evident across the operating system, and tasks as simple as loading two programs at the same time caused huge bottlenecks. In fact, installing our benchmarking software was a hard enough job in itself: the system locked up for around 10 seconds before four instances of the installation appeared at once.

Overall we were able to eke nearly four and a half hours from the Samsung's battery, which is pretty decent on a budget. (We found similar levels in the much costlier Sony VAIO Pro 13 Ultrabook.) That time extended to five or six hours while performing basic word and internet tasks, so there are positives to the Samsung's performance after all.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time8.50 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyATIV Book 9 Lite
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.44 kg
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Total Number of USB Ports2
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product ModelNP905S3G
Product NameATIV Book 9 Lite NP905S3G Notebook
Product LineATIV Book 9 Lite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP905S3G-K03UK
Manufacturer Website Address
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Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ATIV Book 9 Lite NP905S3G Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year