Samsung Book 9 Lite review

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Samsung Book 9 Lite has been around for a while now, and its original £600 price tag has now been cut to £499 on a number of web sites. Available in either black or white, the 13.3-inch Samsung Book 9 Lite measures just 17.4 mm thick, which puts it very much in Ultrabook territory. In fact, its tapered, slimline design shows that Samsung was once again ‘inspired' by Apple's design, this time the MacBook Air. It's much heavier than the Air, though, at 1.6 kg.
The Performance of Samsung Book 9 is something of a mixed bag, though. Samsung is oddly coy about the processor used in the Book 9 Lite, referring to it only as a ‘quad-core processor'. Closer examination reveals this to be an AMD A6-1450 running at 1.4 GHz. The Samsung Book 9 Lite is also equipped with 4 GB of memory and most remarkably, an SSD that provides 128 GB of solid-state storage. The latter adds just enough of a performance boost to achieve a score of 2200 points when running the PCMark 7 benchtest, despite the slow CPU.

That's very much an entry-level performance figure, but the solid-state drive helps transform the Samsung Book 9 Lite into a laptop that feels quite snappy and responsive. It wakes from sleep with barely a pause to gather its thoughts, and responds smoothly to the touch-screen controls.

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