Samsung's crazy portable Notebook 9 really impressed us last year with its stunning thin and light design. Now that same laptop is even better for business, with upgraded hardware for faster performance and speedier multitasking. Even more impressive is the fact that the 13-inch version is even lighter than last year's model, despite the performance upgrades. A 15-inch model is also available.
I went hands on with the 13-inch Notebook 9 and almost couldn't believe how lightweight it feels. Even more impressive is the fact that it doesn't feel flimsy, despite its barely-there magnesium alloy construction.
And it really is light. The notebook weighs in at a featherweight 1.8 lbs., about a half-pound lighter than the 2016 model. The system is actually a bit smaller this year, too, with a slimmer bezel around the display that allows for a smaller overall footprint. It all means that the Notebook 9 should fit easily into your work bag, and you'll barely notice you're carrying it during your commute.
The system felt plenty speedy too, thanks to Intel's new 7th-generation processors. That will benefit road warriors who want a lightweight laptop that can handle serious multitasking. The keyboard hasn't improved much from last year's release, though; it still feels a bit too shallow for marathon typing sessions.
Other hardware highlights include 256GB of internal storage and up to 16GB of RAM. Plus, you get plenty of ports for a laptop that's so slim, including two USSB 3.0 ports, on USB-C port, HDMI and a MicroSD card slot.
Check back for a full review of the Samsung Notebook 9 very soon.