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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro review: Good during roughly everything, including light gaming

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is aiming for a middle, in a good way. Compared to other models we’ve tested recently that offer a high-resolution touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge, a cold steel chassis, and even coop support, it’s delicately designed to offer a small bit of everything, with a few standout features: a dissimilar Radeon RX 540 GPU, an integrated S-Pen with special Samsung applications as good as Windows 10 inking compatibility, and impressively prolonged battery life.

Given a good altogether showing, a Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a laptop many people can like, including entry-level gamers. You’ll see us comparing it to twin other 15-inch laptops with 360-degree hinges: The Lenovo Yoga 720 is really identical in pattern and price, though a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 dissimilar GPU creates it heavier and hotter as good as faster. The 15-inch HP Spectre x360 is deliberate a category leader, though we competence be astounded during how it achieved in a tests compared to a Notebook 9 Pro. 

Price, specs, and features

The Notebook 9 Pro indication we tested (poetically named NP940X5M-X01US) costs $1,300 as configured and is a higher-end of a twin SKUs in this product line (we’ll quickly report a other SKU below). 

CPU: Intel Core i7-7500U. This is a 7th-generation Kaby Lake dual-core CPU with a bottom time of 2.7GHz and a limit time speed of 3.5GHz. It’s a flattering good chip, though as you’ll see in a tests, a opening disproportion between dual-core and quad-core CPUs is significant.

RAM: 16GB of DDR4 RAM. You’ll still see some laptops with usually 8GB, though 16GB is a honeyed mark right now. 

samsung cover 9 pro movement grilles Melissa Riofrio/IDG

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro has pointed grillwork on a bottom row for atmosphere intake, and along a hinge for burdensome gentle air. The fan is whisper-quiet. 

GPU: AMD Radeon RX 540 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. This lower-end dissimilar GPU isn’t going to bake any barns, though it’ll sufficient for light gaming. 

Display: 15-inch, FHD (1920×1080) IPS LED touchscreen whose tip bezel houses a 720p webcam and a facial sensor for use with Windows Hello. The arrangement offers a totalled limit liughtness of 344 nits (in line with Samsung’s 350-nit spec). You wouldn’t wish to holder it adult all a way, however, generally when regulating on battery, as brighter displays devour some-more power. 

samsung cover 9 pro right side ports Melissa Riofrio/IDG

The ports on a right side of a Samsung Notebook 9 Pro embody microSD and twin USB-A.

Storage: 256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD. A Samsung model, natch, and a good size.

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