The Samsung brand may be synonymous with smartphones, but the company has plenty of impressive notebooks under its belt. The company’s ATIV product line consistently delivers solid Windows 8 touch experiences, and Samsung’s Chromebook is one of the most affordable and dependable Chrome laptops around. From light productivity machines to mobile powerhouses, here are our top five Samsung laptops.
Samsung hasn’t changed the design of the ATIV Book 9 Plus much, and that's a good thing. An elegant anodized aluminum body encases this laptop's brilliant 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800-pixel touch screen. Inside you'll find an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. That’s more than enough power to handle work and some light gaming. Plus, the 8 hours of battery life will see you through the day.
The $1,300 ATIV Book 9 is one of the best-looking laptops on the market, complete with an elegantly styled aluminum body that's just 0.63-inches thick and 4.4-pounds in weight. Inside is a vibrant 15-inch, 1920 x 1080 touch screen, Intel Core i5 processor and superb Dolby-enhanced speakers. The ATIV Book 9's graphics could be better, but we like its 8+ hour battery life.
As attractive as the higher-priced ATIV line, Samsung's $400 Chromebook 2 features a soft faux-leather lid and weighs a light 3 pounds. It sports a 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display with an Exynos CPU, 4GB of RAM and an impressive 9 hour and 32 minute battery life. Plus, it comes with several apps not found on most other Chromebooks. If you prefer something even more portable (and inexpensive), an 11-inch version with an Intel Celeron processor costs just $250, and lasts nearly 8 hours on a charge.
Samsung's 2015 edition of the ATIV Book 9 comes to market measuring under an inch thick and weighing barely more than 2 pounds. New on this year's model is a 12.2-inch 2560 x 1440 screen and a special mode that boosts brightness when outdoors, so you'll never struggle to see the HD+ display. Equipped with an Intel Core M CPU and a fanless design, it's quiet, and starting at $1,199, it costs $300 less than HP's new EliteBook Folio 1020.