The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

9 August 2013

The Verge:

Nevertheless, at $1,399.99 the Ativ Book 9 Plus is undercutting the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display by $100. It’s worth noting that Samsung’s new ultrabook doesn’t quite stack up to the MacBook Pro when it comes to raw power, however. Both have 128GB of flash storage, but compared to the Pro it has half the RAM at 4GB, and it’s using an ultra-low voltage Haswell processor from Intel that’s more comparable to the CPU in the new MacBook Air than the standard voltage chip in the Pro. That processor also has Intel’s weaker integrated HD Graphics 4400 instead of the HD Graphics 5000 offered in the Air, meaning it might have some trouble pushing all of those pixels. Even then, the Ativ Book 9 Plus starts at just $300 more than the base-spec Air and that should give prospective buyers something to think about.

So, they skimped on GPU performance on a laptop that has a 3,200 × 1,800 display. That doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.