avatarby Jonathan FeistJanuary 5, 20170 comments

With a growing collection of unique and powerful laptops, convertibles, two-in-ones and tablets, Samsung is proving serious about the segment. At CES 2017, Samsung announced a few new devices and an update to an existing favorite — this is our hands-on with the Samsung Notebook 9 15-inch.

The first thing you will notice about the Notebook 9 is its weight. It is difficult to believe that a computer packed with an Intel Core i7 and Nvidia 940MX graphics card can weigh only 2.73 lbs. That may not sound like a tangible number to you, so let me just say that we outright asked the Samsung representative if the model at the show was real. It was.

First impressions lead you to believe you’re sitting to just another slim notebook, and at just 6 tenths of an inch thick, it is slim to be sure. On dock is the Intel Core i7 7500U, 16GB of DDR4 RAM a 256GB PCIe SSD and Windows 10 Home.

Up front is a 15-inch display at full HD resolution that sits at 350 nits in normal mode, then offers an outdoor mode that bumps up to 500 nits.

Ports on the device include a USB Type-C thunderbolt 3 port, supporting 4K output, plus two USB 3 ports and an old fashioned USB 2.0 port. Bluetooth 4.1, dual 1.5W speakers and that NVIDIA 940MX graphics card keep you connected and entertained.

Battery life surely has to suffer for such specs – right? Adaptive fast charge gets you up and running quick, but you may not need it all that often, with Samsung claiming up to 15 hours of battery life on a charge.

Sleek, slim, high powered with good battery life, a crisp display and a backlit keyboard, we’ve seen this updated notebook in the news already, but putting hands on the device certainly adds some appeal. Daily use, this is a fairly powerful machine, particularly in such a macbook competing, easily portable size factor, but we might have wanted to see an updated graphics card to compete higher-end machines. Good thing the new Odyssey line packs a punch.

Thanks for joining us, hope you enjoyed this quick look at the updated Samsung Notebook 9 and stay tuned for more great coverage from CES 2017.