The Notebook 9 and Notebook 9 Pen are handsome laptops, but they won’t worry the likes of the Dell XPS or HP Envy when it comes to looks. They’re nowhere near as crisply designed, looking more functional than stylish. They also don’t attempt to beat the Dell and HP when it comes to paper-like thinness.
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen
The 13.3-inch Notebook 9 and 9 Pen weigh a fraction less than 1kg but pack a 360-degree Full HD touchscreen, an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, and a host of connectivity options. In the case of the Notebook 9, you get a mammoth 75Wh battery and the option of a 15-inch model that includes a discrete GPU. The Notebook 9 Pen gets a more modest 39Wh battery but brings the additional functionality of an integrated S Pen to the mix.
And it’s the same S Pen you get in the epic Galaxy Note 8. That means thousands of levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and quick access to key S Pen apps via Air Command when you pop it out of the body. Combine it with a screen that can fold fully back on itself and the result is a slick graphics tablet as well as a more than the capable laptop.
As a 2-in-1, the Notebook Pen 9 makes a lot of sense. It feels like a proper laptop with a responsive backlit keyboard and precision touchpad.