Samsung's Notebook 9 is a speedy productivity machine that's crazy portable. The 15-inch notebook weighs just under 3 lbs., and unlike other superlight laptops, it doesn't skimp on power. It's held back a bit by its keyboard, though, which is slightly too shallow for marathon typing sessions.
Weighing in at 2.77 lbs., the Notebook 9 is easily one of the lightest systems we've tested, which is good news if you need to lug your laptop between home and the office. Rival machines like the 4.1-lb. HP Spectre x360 15t, 4.4-lb. Dell XPS 15 and 5 lb. Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW are going to feel a lot heftier in your workbag.
Despite its superlight construction, the Notebook 9 doesn't feel flimsy. The system's magnesium and aluminum construction feels really sturdy, though we did detect a bit of flex in the keyboard deck.
Other hardware highlights include a powerful Intel Core i7-6500U processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage. That configuration provides plenty of performance, even for heavy multitasking. Meanwhile, the Notebook 9's 15.6-inch, 1080p display is sharp, colorful and brighter than the panels on most rival laptops.
Unfortunately, the Notebook 9's slim chassis doesn't leave much room for the keyboard. The layout here offers just 1.35 millimeters of travel, which is less than the 1.5 mm we look for in a laptop keyboard. A deeper keyboard would have provided a more comfortable, desktoplike typing experience. At least the buttons are well-spaced and provide a good amount of feedback on each stroke, for an overall decent typing experience.
And the device's battery life is pretty good for such a svelte laptop. The Notebook 9 ran for a solid 7 hours and 20 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing. That's a lot longer than the notebook category average of 5 hours and 45 minutes, and it beats the LG Gram 15, the only other 15-inch laptop that's as light as the Notebook 9. Among heavier laptops there are plenty of longer-lasting options, including the ZenBook (8:00), Spectre x360 (8:27) and XPS 15 (10:26).
Check back for a full review of the Samsung Notebook 9 very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.