Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus High-resolution display boasts 3,200-by-1,800 resolution and 10-finger touch. Slim lightweight design. Premium materials. Fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB solid-state drive keep things speedy. Long battery life. Dual-band Wi-Fi. Hinge stands up to touch but still opens wide. The Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop has a sturdy, slim design, ultra-high-res touch screen, and really good battery life. The ATIV Book 9 Plus delivers bright images with deep, saturated colors and wide viewing angles. Everything has a sort of knife-edge sharpness that makes you not want to look away. The ATIV Book 9 Plus lasted 7 hours and 54 minutes on a charge.
But, A bit heavier than other ultraportables; Some bloatware .Costs several hundred more than we’d prefer; shrunken HDMI port; doesn’t convert to a tablet form -- strictly a laptop.
The bottom line: Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus is a gorgeous, aluminum-clad ultraportable with a vibrant quad-HD touch screen and fairly strong battery life. If you’re just looking for an all-around excellently made Windows touch ultrabook and don’t mind that it's on the expensive side (and doesn’t convert to a tablet), the improved Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is worth the investment. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 4th gen Core i5
Display Type13 in
Max Resolution3200 x 1800
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4400
Weight3.06 lbs Price $1,399 VS Acer Aspire S7 The Acer Aspire S7 is undoubtedly a luxurious laptop. From its sleek build to its super sharp touchscreen and glowing keyboard, this laptop looks and feels futuristic. The Acer Aspire S7 is a premium-looking ultrabook, with great performance, strong battery life, and a high-res touch screen. Acer's leading laptop measures 12.72 x 8.78 x 0.51 inches (W x D x H) and weighs 2.87 pounds, making it one of the lightest 13.3-inch laptops We really liked the inclusion of the Intel Core i7-3517U processor, 13.3-inch Multi-touch FHD Acer CineCrystal LCD, and 256GB of storage. The battery life with this device is great and the fact that it's only 2.9lbs means that we'll be rocking this baby for a while.
But, That super HD display is a bit of a double-edged sword overall. For one, only the fastest, most expensive wireless internet connections can handily stream media at 1440p. The expensive S7 is priced well beyond most other touch-screen Windows 8 laptops. The touch pad is not as responsive as it should be.
The bottom line: The Aspire S7 for its cutting edge build, fine typing experience and premium specs. One of the few standout products from the first wave of Windows 8 laptops, the Acer Aspire S7 proves that Apple does not have a monopoly on great design. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i7 3517UB1.9 GHz ( 3 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory4 GB/ 4 GB (max)
Hard Drive256 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNone Price;$1,560.01 VS Apple MacBook Air The MacBook Air has been known for its good battery life.New Intel fourth-gen CPUs help the updated MacBook Air achieve amazing battery life. The multitouch trackpad is still the industry's best, and even better, the 13-inch MacBook Air now starts at $100 less than the previous model. The new Haswell processors use very little power, giving the 2013 13-inch MacBook Air and absolutely stunning battery life. In our test, in which we streamed the live BBC News channel feed on iPlayer over a wireless network, the laptop lasted for nine hours. That's significantly better than the 11-inch MacBook Air's 7 hours 15 minutes, and a substantial improvement over the 2012 MacBook Air's 5.5 hours.
Since switching to solid state storage off the shelf with the late 2010 update, the MacBook Air has been known for its good battery life. But with the Haswell processors in place, it's absolutely stunning. At last, you can use your notebook all day long on a single charge.
But, Newer features such as touch screens and higher-resolution displays are still missing. The ultrabook competition is catching up, in terms of design.
The bottom line: Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes. Specifications
ProcessorIntelCore i5 1.3 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
RAM installed size4 GB
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemApple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 5000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Optical DriveNone Price $1,099