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Samsung Notebook 9 (15-inch) Review: Is It Good for Business?

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Lenovo's Yoga 900s might be the perfect notebook for commuters. The insanely thin and light laptop is also a well-rounded work companion, offering a crisp 13-inch display, a solid keyboard and a solid 9 hours of battery life. Demanding users might find themselves wanting a bit of extra performance, though. 

The Yoga 900s weighs in at a feather-light 2.2 lbs., making it one of the thinnest and lightest laptops on the planet. It's noticeably lighter than its closest rivals, including the 2.9-lb. Dell XPS 13 and 2.65-lb. HP Elite x2. That's good news for workers who want a laptop that's easy to lug back and forth between home and the office. Apple's 2-lb. MacBook is actually a bit lighter, but its smaller 12-inch display can feel a bit cramped for work.

 

Other hardware highlights include a keyboard that's surprisingly comfortable, considering the notebook's superslim design. The keys are definitely on the shallow side, with just 0.6 millimeters of key travel — well below the 1.5 mm we look for in a work laptop. But the snappy, responsive feel of the keys helps make for a pretty comfy typing experience overall.

Like other Yoga laptops, this one features a flexible 360-degree hinge, so you can fold the display back and use the laptop like a large tablet. Unlike most other hybrid laptops, this one is actually thin and light enough to make tablet mode feel practical. The folding design is also handy when you want to take notes on the display, which features full pressure sensitivity. The system doesn't come with a stylus out of the box, though, and Lenovo's Active Pen will run you an extra $40.

Power users might be disappointed by the notebook's middling performance. Outfitted with an Intel Core m5 processor, the system sped along nicely for everyday work tasks, but lagged a little during heavy multitasking. It trailed behind competing systems on the Geekbench 3 test, which measures overall performance, scoring a mediocre 5,343. The 12-inch MacBook (5,906), Dell XPS 13 (6,374) and HP Elite x2 (5,769) are all speedier.

Check back for a full review of the Lenovo Yoga 900s very soon, or check out our picks for the best laptops for work currently on the market.

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Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.