The Good The 2019 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a slim, lightweight two-in-one device that has an extremely long battery life and high performance for its size. Samsung includes a nice active handle as well as several software applications that add to the overall package.
The Bad The updated design does not improve usage. There is nowhere to store the pen, and it requires an AAAA-sized battery. The location of the fingerprint reader makes it a little uncomfortable to use.
The Bottom Line The redesigned Samsung Notebook 9 Pro from Samsung has included everything you’d expect from a premium ultraportable two-in-one in 2019. Just don’t buy designer noises.
TheSamsung Notebook 9 Proin 2019 is perfect.
The 13.3-inch two-in-one ultraportable – 13.8 pounds (1.3 kg) is one of the lightest in this category, and its thickness is only 14 inches (14 mm). Its battery has lasted more than 12 hours, performance where it should be, and its metallic chassis provides a premium look and feel. And at $ 1100, you also don’t overpay for what you get.
Still, something is missing.
When Samsung first told us about the remodeling of the 9 Pro laptop at CES 2019, it continued to hammer in how much work it had put into development. He conducted a US-specific design study that influenced his choice of such things as frame construction, profile taper, and angular radii. This is how it feels: A laptop designed by the questionnaire and not having any personality.
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (2019)
|Price as reviewed||$1,099|
|Display size/resolution||13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touch display|
|CPU||1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U|
|PC Memory||8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz|
|Graphics||128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
The shape pulls ahead of the function
Of course, there is not enough marketing hype. ( Just ask Apple how things are going these days .) The Notebook 9 Pro does not have any major design issues, but the design does not significantly improve usage.
For example, Samsung used a full-size active pen instead of its compact and obviously more useful S Pen. The S Pen stores other Samsung laptops, including new notebook 9 pen and you never have to charge. The Pro handle has no garage or holder, and it needs an unusual AAAA-sized battery. The Pro handles also lack all of the S Pen’s air command features, which give it an edge over other handles supported by two handles.
Also sacrifice to the god-designers – the ports. The Pro has three USB-C ports (two – Thunderbolt 3), a microSD card slot and a combo headphone / microphone jack. This is certainly not unusual for premium ultraportables today, but it does mean that you will carry adapters. However, the Pro can charge through all USB-C ports. Not that you know it is charged with the lid closed, as there are no indicator lamps on the outside.
Using the keyboard, Samsung has expanded the key covers and reduced the space between them to improve typing and appearance. However, the keys are not too many, which does not help at all.
The slim power button on the right side of the laptop is also a fingerprint scanner. Almost flush with the body, it’s difficult to use with a laptop sitting on a desk, and I often have to swipe it several times to register it. Slim fingers may work better, but it might be best to place it on the keyboard deck.
Full HD touchscreen is bright at 350 bolts, though you’ll still struggle with reflections on the street or under office lights. Color performance is good, and Samsung said its gamut is 72 percent NTSC, which is about 100 percent sRGB. There are thin panels on the top and side of the screen, but it has a chin if it bothers you.
Although I’m disappointed that I don’t have an S Pen, the active handle worked fine. You may see a little jitter, but drawing with SketchBook Autodesk was generally good, as it was written in the pre-installed Nebo handwriting recognition software (90 days trial included).
Samsung also includes a voice recorder that allows you to add handwritten bookmarks along the way, as well as non-pen applications for video editing and security. You can even configure it to take a photo with your webcam and email it if someone tries to sign in with the wrong password.
Samsung Notebook 9 Progets edgy for 2019
Samsung aims to engage creators and creators with the Notebook 9 Pro. However, depending on what you create, it may not have the necessary power. Like others in its class, components focus on average home and office use, such as word processing, web browsing and email, but with enough muscle to push more complex work, assuming it’s not too intense graphics.
It won’t fire if you have a dozen tabs open in Google Chrome and other applications will run in the background. Current video and music are also no problem. And it will handle day-to-day photo and video editing breathlessly, though for large images and high-resolution videos, you want something with discrete graphics .
Unlike LG’s unrealistic 21-hour battery pack for its Gram two-in-one, Samsung’s 14.7 hours is actually close to what we got in our tests. The 9 Pro laptop ran 12 hours 30 minutes on the CNET streaming video test. It’s just 5 minutes of shy LG time and 4 minutes more than the Yoga C930 Lenovo ($ 1,075 on Amazon) .
More sterile than stunning
As I said from the beginning, theSamsung Notebook 9 Proin 2019 is perfect. There is a bunch of design stuff that distracts from the overall package rather than enhances it. And since Samsung spent so much time reviewing the design, it makes those little things stand out.
Fortunately, the performance and battery life are excellent. In addition, while the design is not perfect, the Pro is lightweight and small, making it a good choice for everyday commuters or students. If you don’t care about any of the other things I mentioned in the design, Pro is worth checking out.
|Samsung Notebook 9 Pro||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|LG Gram 14 2-in-1||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 512GB SSD|
|Lenovo Yoga C930||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U; 12GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)||Apple MacOS Mojave 10.14; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 1,536MB Intel UHD Graphics 617; 256GB SSD|