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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

Originally reviewed by 20 September 2013

Best Laptop for Students

Key features:
  • 13.3-inch, 1,366 x 768 resolution touchscreen display
  • Comfortable backlit keyboard
  • Decent 5-6 hour battery life
If you can't afford the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite is a great, much cheaper alternative. Available with a touchscreen (£599) or without (£499), the Book 9 Lite is as stylishly built as the 9 Plus and a far better looker than most £500 laptops on the market. The 13.3-inch ultrabook packs a 1,366 x 768 resolution, quad-core 1GHz AMD A6 APU and 4GB of RAM. In general use it’s fairly nimble, but does struggle to handle gaming, and other more intensive tasks. In the battery department it manages around 5-6 hours beating a host of £1,000-plus laptops we’ve tested. We'd opt going for the non-touchscreen one to bag yourself a great £500 laptop.

: £599

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