SAMSUNG NOTEBOOK 9 PRO REVIEW: PLASTIC AND PENS

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When it comes to the Notebook 9 Pro, Samsung thinks sharing is caring. Available in both 13 and 15-inch versions, they’re equipped with most of the same core specs. That means Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, 128 / 256 / 512GB SSD storage options, and HDR-supporting 1080p LED panels. Internally, the only exclusive spec is for the 15-inch version, in the form of a low-end Radeon 540 discrete graphics chip. The 13-inch model starts at $949, while the 15-inch version tested costs $1,299.

But here’s the kicker on why Samsung is adding the “Pro” moniker: both laptops come with an S Pen, laden with both Windows Ink and Samsung’s Air Command. In some way, it’s an extension of Samsung’s family, with long-time Galaxy Note users being all too familiar with the ways of their new laptop’s stylus. It also speaks to the trend with Windows laptops this year: almost everywhere you look, pen support is getting added. Windows 10 has also gotten a number of updates to better support pens this year, most notably with the Creator’s Update that arrived this spring.

New Samsung customers never exposed to the S Pen will have the option of a revered input tool. According to Samsung, this particular version of the S Pen is the same seen on the Note 8 — 0.7mm tip, 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity — with the only difference being a unique plastic casing used to fit the Notebook 9’s chassis and curvature.

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