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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro review: This feature-packed 15-inch laptop creates a few compromises

You buy a vast and complicated 15.6-inch laptop so we can get genuine work finished faster—that means a rugged quad-core CPU and dissimilar graphics.

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro packs those in, afterwards adds an glorious 4K Ultra HD touchscreen and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 Type C pier to a mix. At $1,500 MSRP (available at Best Buy), it’s labelled a same as competing laptops that have fewer high-tech features. That’s a ruin of a deal.

Room to work

The Notebook 9 Pro has a classical demeanour of a Samsung laptop, with a black, anodized-aluminum framework and brushed-aluminum accents. At 4.5 pounds, this 15.6-inch cover feels plain yet is a tiny slippery, too—you’ll need to keep a good hold on it. Our examination section also had an overly unbending hinge that we had to holder on in sequence to strech a limit 140-degree observation angle, that done opening it while walking additional dangerous.

While a Notebook 9 Pro is vast during 14.75 x 9.75 inches, it’s also surprisingly thin. The spots we totalled on a physique ranged from 17mm to 18mm thick, identical to a girth of Apple’s 2014-vintage MacBook Pro 15. Dell’s XPS 15 isn’t as far-reaching nor as deep, yet it’s thicker during 19mm to 20mm.

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Dell’s new XPS 15 in a revoke left dilemma with Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro to a right. In a tip right is HP’s new Spectre X360 15T and a Dell XPS 13 on a tip left.

More considerable is this laptop’s eye-catching screen. Samsung didn’t yield minute specs, yet it’s sourced from a association itself. You get a 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) row with full 10-point touch. A unequivocally light anti-glare cloaking cuts down on reflections. The shade is rated during 350 nits, yet we totalled it a tiny over that during about 380 nits dead-center on a unit. Backlighting is unequivocally even, some-more so than on contemporaries like a Dell XPS 15 and a HP Spectre x360 15T. The backlighting does use PWM, that strobes a backlight when we revoke a brightness, for those who are supportive to shade flutter during low liughtness levels.

Samsung also includes some image-tweaking utilities such as an HDR (high-dynamic range) mode. HDR is substantially overstating a effect, yet it does a assistance with shade fact yet floating out highlights in images.

It does have to be pronounced that while high-resolution images demeanour many crook interjection to a use of a 4K UHD fortitude row instead of a cost-conscious 1920×1080 screen, we do unequivocally need get adult tighten to a shade to see it. Nevertheless, this display’s distance and fortitude make it ideal for operative on spreadsheets and in other situations where we need to see a lot of elements on a screen.


The Notebook 9 Pro comes versed with a full-size HDMI port, combo headset jack, 3 USB 3.0 Type A ports, a Kensington close port, and a USB 3.1 Type C port. From what we can tell, that USB-C pier is full 10Gbps USB 3.1, yet a doing is odd. On many laptops with USB Type C, we get USB 3.1 during possibly a full 10Gbps speed or a slower 5Gbps (what is infrequently still called USB 3.0)—or we get a Thunderbolt 3.0 pier that also supports 10Gbps USB 3.1. In this laptop, Samsung uses Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 controller yet enables usually a USB support.

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