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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: Samsung’s note-taking PC can’t utterly clear the price

The Notebook 9 Pen aspires to be Samsung’s chronicle of a MacBook, with a pricey, manly brew of components powering some singular app experiences. But a bland, plasticky extraneous will substantially advise a Chromebook instead, yet with an iconic S-Pen stylus that’s always prepared to jot a discerning note.

It’s a formidable dichotomy for this 13.3-inch, 360-degree automobile to reconcile, done even some-more severe by a Notebook 9 Pen’s MSRP: $1,400. To be fair, we’ve recently seen it for $100 or so reduction on some sites. Unless we adore Samsung’s S-Pen, though, a Notebook 9 Pen is vulnerable to like-priced (or cheaper) competition.

Still, we competence cruise some of a weaknesses to be strengths. For example, Samsung done a whole framework out of a special tradition magnesium alloy, with a look, weight and feel of plastic. Yet a light 2.14-pound weight (just underneath 2.5 pounds with a charger) is something your shoulders will conclude when we lift this laptop in your bag. Likewise, we don’t cruise a countless customizable settings and apps to be truly useful, yet they offer a grade of configurability a foe lacks. 

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen back Mark Hachman / IDG

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen is Samsung’s chronicle of a MacBook: elementary and unadorned.

Notebook 9 Pen specs and features

When a laptop is usually 0.65-inch thin, you’re going to scapegoat a few things in a specs. Here’s a list, that we’ll demeanour during some-more closely in a hands-on apportionment of a review:

  • Display: 13.3-inch FHD (1920×1080) LED touchscreen 
  • Processor: 1.8GHz Core i7-8550U (Kaby Lake-R)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD 620 (integrated)
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
  • Camera: Front-facing, 1280×720
  • Wireless: 802.11ac (2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1
  • Ports: One USB 3.1 Type A; one USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Type C (supporting 4K arrangement out and charging); microSD (micro SDXC standard), HDMI, headphone jack/mic in, fingerprint reader
  • Battery: 39Wh
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions: 12.22 x 8.13 x 0.65 inches
  • Weight: 2.14 pounds, 2.5 with AC adapter
  • Price: $1,399 (MSRP)

Of those specs, it’s value observant that a 256GB SSD in a exam section had usually about 83GB free. That could start to feel tight.

But a biggest beating was a display. At 308 nits (measured), it’s positively splendid enough. For a price, however, we competence pattern Samsung to broach a bit some-more than a customary 1920×1080 (FHD) fortitude that accompanies many low-cost notebooks. To be fair, higher-resolution screens move their possess compromises, as they eat during your battery life and other resources. 

The other problem with a arrangement was other displays. The clear shade reflects Samsung’s standard quality—until we offshoot adult an outmost monitor: The Intel HD 620 integrated graphics cleared out my second shade some-more than other laptops do. Samsung provides a array of supplemental settings to adjust a tone mode, yet tweaking them done no disproportion for me.

Samsung Notebook 9 S-Pen container 2 Mark Hachman / IDG

One of a strengths of Samsung’s pattern is simply how good a Notebook 9 Pen stores a S-Pen.

Samsung S-Pen: The gateway to a app ecosystem

One of a best things about a Samsung Notebook 9 Pen is a S-Pen—not usually that it’s included, yet that it’s stored in a own, inner container underneath a keyboard. The storage container is spring-loaded, so pulling a coop in pops it out for use. Why other manufacturers haven’t adopted this simple, effective resolution is over me. 

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