Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite review

Samsung gives its coveted Series 9 a budget makeover

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We were pretty excited when we heard that Samsung was redesigning its Series 9 laptop for the budget market. As big fans of the original, we felt there was a lot to live up to. But seeing the ATIV Book 9 Lite adopt a plastic lid, a poor screen and a white-label processor proved altogether disappointing.

On the surface this is a decent buy, and there aren't many portable laptops that can be picked up for south of £500. However, we feel that Samsung has cut too many corners, and those looking for a bargain laptop would be wise to consider other options.

We liked...

We loved the price and the (almost) faithful design to the Series 9 range. The chassis is super-thin and extremely stylish, as long as you look past the redesigned lid. Overall it's a good-looking machine and at face value it knocks the socks off the competition in terms of aesthetics.

At this price, it's always nice to see a 128GB solid-state drive fitted as standard, and the snappy loading and boot times were thanks to this alone, rather than to the white-label AMD chip.

We disliked...

Our list of disappointments reads like a naughty schoolboy's report card. The blurry, poor-resolution screen, the plastic lid, the poor benchmark scores, and the own-brand chip all make for sorry reading. Some of these negatives are simply down to cost-cutting measures, and it's important to remember that this Samsung model exists for those on a budget. But you only have to look as far as the Asus Zenbook S200 or the VivoBook S400 for an altogether more impressive low-cost machine.

Final verdict

A budget laptop disguised as a premium machine, the lack of an Intel Core processor and second-rate hardware makes this laptop hard to recommend.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time8.50 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyATIV Book 9 Lite
Operating System Architecture64-bit
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNP905S3G
Product NameATIV Book 9 Lite NP905S3G Notebook
Product LineATIV Book 9 Lite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP905S3G-K03UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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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