The latest version of Samsung's Ativ Book 9 Ultrabook is an incredibly portable business machine. In fact, the newly revealed 2015 version is thinner and lighter than Apple's MacBook air. Plus, it includes a super-sharp 12.2-inch display, zippy hardware and an excellent trackpad and keyboard. The premium device is set to launch sometime in the first quarter of the year. While we wait to get our hands on the new Ativ Book 9, read on for three features that look good for work.
Measuring 11.19 x 8.37 x 0.46 inches, the Ativ Book 9 is extremely thin and portable. And at 2.1 lbs., it won't weigh you down on a business trip, or on your daily commute. In comparison, Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air is a bit bigger, with a footprint measuring 12.8 x 9 inches, and a thickness that tapers from 0.68 inches to 0.11 inches. The Air weighs about 3 lbs., so it's quite a bit heavier than the Ativ Book 9, too.
The Ativ Book 9 is the first in the line to benefit from Intel's Broadwell Core M processor, which runs just fine without a fan, allowing for a thinner, lighter notebook without sacrificing much in the way of performance or battery life. Other hardware highlights include a sharp 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display, and a redesigned keyboard with sculpted keys for easier touch-typing.
Samsung is also packing in a few extra security features. For starters, there's the option to lock and unlock your screen by tracing a customizable pattern on the touchpad, which is more secure than a simple password. Then there's a nifty software feature that lets you quickly hide a window from onlookers by tapping Fn10 on the keyboard. Security-minded users also have the option to lock down the Book 9's camera and microphone at the push of a button.