I started to take notice of Samsung as a laptop manufacturer when the company created its Series 9 brand of laptops that were designed to be ultra-thin and yet powerful at the same time. Although the naming has changed to ATIV Book 9 Plus last June, the goal has remained the same, and I was curious to see how Samsung’s top of the line mobile computer would fare in a PC environment that is more competitive than ever.
This is a notoriously difficult business to be successful in, but over time and with a combination of “tech” and “design”, Samsung has made a name for itself in the portable PC space. With its QHD+ touch display (3200×1800), its metallic build, thin profile and power-efficient hardware, the ATIV Book 9 Plus seems to be an ideal Windows 8 system, so I took it on the road for a few weeks and used it as my primary laptop, taking it through thousands of miles of flight travel, airports, trade shows and hotels. I hope that this review gives you a realistic view of how it is to use the ATIV Book 9+ in the real world.