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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (13-inch, 2019) Review

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (13-inch, 2019) Review     

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

Hello everyone! Have you ever wonder if MacBook Pro had a baby? Then it must be the Samsung Notebook 9Pro. Packed with some spectacular features from premium design to long-lasting battery life this Samsung Note 9 Pro is just awesome to buy but in a little bit higher price. So, hello guys, this is Debjyoti your technical advisor and today I am here to let you give the review of Samsung Notebook 9 Pro.

The Pros:

Premium design; Good performance; Solid battery life; Competitively priced

The Cons:

The display could be brighter; Average quality speakers

My Verdict:

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (13-inch, 2019) offers good performance and good battery life in an aluminum design for a bit high but good price.

For a relatively affordable $1,099, Samsung's latest Notebook offers decent performance and solid battery life packed in a light, premium chassis. And MacBook fans will enjoy its bouncy keys. This 13-inch laptop's display is dim and the speakers are less than what was expected. But overall, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a great 2-in-1 laptop in this price.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Price and Configuration Options

I tested the base model of the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, which costs $1,099 and comes with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel UHD 620 GPU. Compare that with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which costs $1,499 for similar specs.

The only other Notebook 9 Pro model packs an awesome16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro has been available to purchase on March 17 exclusively at Best Buy and on Samsung's website.


The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro consists of a silver aluminum framework with a Samsung logo stamped on it -- its design is plain, but it looks premium. And while the chassis has diamond-cut edges, they don't look as good as they sound, mostly because they're redolent of a tin can. The Notebook 9 Pro's interior is very much similar to the MacBook's design -- its silver deck is home to a black keyboard with rounded keys. When you fold this machine into a tablet, its lid perfectly aligns with the underside, which satisfies my inner perfectionist. It's also good to see the webcam on the top accompanied by sleek bezels.
At 2.7 pounds and 12.1 x 8.1 x 0.55 inches, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is lighter and thinner than its ultraportable competitors. However, the HP specter x360 (13- inch) at 2.8 pounds, 0.6 inches; Huawei Matebook 13 at 2.9 pounds, 0.6 inches; and Lenovo Yoga C930 at 3.1 pounds, 0.6 inches are still sexily slim machines.


The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro has decent ports for its size, but it would have been better to see a USB Type-A port. On the left, there's a headphone jack and two Thunderbolt 3 ports, while on the right, there's one USB Type-C charging port, the power button along with a microSD card slot.


While the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro's 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 lustrous panel is pretty colorful and sharp, it's not brighter than I would have liked.

At 254 nits, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro's screen is below par, as it falls well below the 328-nit category average. While the Spectre x360 (287 nits), MateBook 13 (318 nits) and Yoga C930 (273 nits) didn't make the average either, they were brighter.

Keyboard, Touchpad, and Stylus

Despite having low travel, the keys of Samsung Notebook 9 Pro are quite bouncy. While I didn't find the keyboard satisfying, anyone who's partial to MacBook's butterfly switches will enjoy the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro's typing experience. The keys themselves are well spaced, but they have monotonous backlighting.
Using the included Active Pen, I drew a poor representation of eggs and waffles, but the digital ink glided smoothly across the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro's panel without stuttering. The stylus features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. The button closest to the tip acts as an eraser, besides, the other one acts as a right-click and select function. Unfortunately, they're not reprogrammable, and also, there isn't a garaged slot to house the pen.
The 4.7 x 2.5-inch touchpad is astonishingly soft and very comfortable to use. It's also very responsive to Windows 10 gestures like two-finger scrolling and three-finger tabbing which is really point-to-note characteristic.


The bottom-firing speakers on the Notebook 9 Pro are loud enough to blast System Of A Down's "Chop Suey!" across a small room, but they're not the best-sounding ones. The guitar strumming and drums during the intro sounded spiky and scratchy like somebody cranked the treble a little too high. The vocals were prominent throughout the song, but the electric guitar and bass sounded hollow.


Powered by an Intel Core i7-8565U processor with 8GB of RAM, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro sped through the 40 Google Chrome tabs and 5 1080p YouTube videos.
On the Geekbench 4.1 on the whole, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro scored 15,432, which beats the 13,328 premium laptop average. With the same CPU, the Spectre x360 and MateBook 13 hit 14,935 and 17,214, respectively, while the Yoga C930's Core i7-8550U averaged 14,739.
Samsung's 256GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in a very good 13 seconds, for 392 Mbps. While that's slower than the typical premium laptop (543 MBps), it beats the Yoga C930's 256GB SSD (339 MBps) and matches the Spectre x360's 256GB SSD. The MateBook 13's 512GB SSD had the fastest transfer rate, at 636 MBps.


With an Intel UHD 620 GPU, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro scored 61,662 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark, coming up short of the 87,638 premium laptop average. The Spectre x360 (90,977) and Yoga C930 (85,758) did much better with the same GPU, while the MateBook 13 (141,995) excelled with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU.

Battery Life

Despite the Samsung Notebook, 9 Pro being super-slim, its battery is long enough to get you through the workday. After continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the Notebook 9 Pro lasted 8 hours and 53 minutes, which beats the average premium laptop (8.12) as well as the Yoga C930 (8.25) and the MateBook 13 (9.16). However, the Spectre x360 came out on top, ongoing 12:07 on a full charge.


The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro's 720p webcam shots are not so cool, and while taking a photo of mine, it was difficult to make out where my hairline started and ended. The blue in my shirt was relatively accurate, but half of the ceiling was consumed by white light due to being overexposed.


This sleek ultraportable runs surprisingly cool. After streaming a 20-minute HD video, its underside measured only 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well within our 100-degree comfort threshold. Meanwhile, the center of the keyboard and touchpad hit 87 and 86 degrees, respectively. The hottest it got was 94 degrees near the hinge on the underside.

Software and Warranty

Samsung includes some of its own branded apps in the Notebook 9 Pro. The most attention-grabbing one is Samsung Settings, which let you configure settings for power management, the color of the display and audio effects. Another notable one is Samsung Security, which allows you to enable Secret Screen, to make apps difficult to see by increasing opacity.
There's also Samsung PC Cleaner (eradicate apps through managed backups), Samsung Recovery (creates backups), Samsung Update (updates Samsung apps), Samsung Flow (allows phone connectivity), Samsung Gallery (photo app) and Samsung Notes (note-taking app).

On top of that, you get Windows 10 bloatware, like Candy Crush Friends, Candy Crush Saga, and Township.


The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (13-inch, 2019) offers concrete power and productivity in this price. Its super-slim aluminum chassis is packed with an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU and dependable battery life for just $1,099, which is $200 less than its competitors. However, you will have to deal with its dim display and scratchy speakers.

If you have the extra money to spend, we suggest getting the HP Spectre x360($1,349), which will give you longer battery life and a brighter and more colorful display as well as stronger graphics.

But for the price, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a wise choice if you're looking for an ultraportable 2-in-1 laptop.

Okay, so what do you think? Will you buy it? Let us know on the comment box. Thanks for being with me. I'll come with gadget related news in no time. Till then, stay "technically sound" and support "

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