• Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review
  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review
  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review
  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review
  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review
  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review
  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review
  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

    Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

    Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

    Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

    Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

  • Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

    Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

If Stuff's reviews were based solely on screen quality, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus would score an easy 5 stars.

With 3200x1800 pixels spread across its 13.3in display, it has the highest-res screen on any laptop. But with a new Intel Haswell brain inside it, a sleek Ultrabook form and plenty of interesting tricks, there's a lot more to this laptop than its screen.

So is the Ativ Book 9 Plus the Ultrabook that finally ends Apple's stranglehold on the Laptops Top 10

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

If there's one problem with the Ativ Book 9 Plus, it's that name. But seriously, folks, the real problem is with that super-hi-res screen. It's just too good. You see, Windows 8.1’s desktop mode is really not designed to be viewed at 3200x1800 resolution, which means you'll be constantly switching between full-res when using 'Metro' mode and 1080p when using desktop. Or you could just scale it down to 1080p permanently, but then what's the point in having it in the first place? 

And as we're being picky, we'll also mention that the Core i5 Haswell processor within it isn’t quite powerful enough to game in full detail and that the touchpad can be a bit tetchy.

Verdict

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review

Of course when we start criticising a laptop for having a too-high-resolution screen and not being quite powerful enough for high-end gaming, we are being overly picky. You don't buy an Ultrabook for hardcore gaming - you buy an Alienware 17 or PlayStation Vita Slim. And as far as the screen goes, well, that's more of a Windows 8.1 flaw than any fault of the Ativ Book 9 Plus.

That said, this isn't quite the MacBook-beater we were hoping for. It still feels a little underpowered given its high price, and if you're after a Windows 8.1-running Ultrabook, we'd go for the Asus Zenbook UX302 instead. Still, lovely screen.

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Stuff says... 

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus review

The most luxurious mobile home you can give to Windows 8
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review
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Spectacular screen
Ultra-desirable design
Good battery life
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Slightly underpowered
Too high-res for Windows 8.1
Glitchy trackpad
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