Updated April 20, 2017: We refreshed this list to include the Notebook 9's upgrade, and we've added the Galaxy TabPro S as the best 2-in-1 tablet.

Best overall

Notebook 9 (13-inch)

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The 13.3-inch display on this laptop has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, vivid color, and great contrast, and it is bright enough to be used outside in sunlight. For hardware, you get up to a 7th-Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). A backlit keyboard and Precision touchpad round out this slim package, and you expect to pick up this configuration for about $1,200, although the base configuration starts at about $1,000.

Bottom line: For the best overall Samsung laptop you can buy, go with the 13-inch Notebook 9.

One more thing: This laptop weighs only 1.8 pounds (0.81kg) and is just 0.55-inches (1.3cm) thick.

Why the 13-inch Notebook 9 is the best Samsung laptop

This underrated laptop has the power and looks to be your number one device — and the price isn't bad, either.

The 1080p display lives up to the Samsung standard when it comes to screens, and this thing is beautiful. It is bright enough to use outside, and the colors and contrast are just about perfect.

Coming in at 1.8 pounds (0.81kg) and 0.55-inches (1.3cm) thick, the Notebook 9 is sleek without compromising performance. You get up to a 7th-Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with a 2.7GHz clock speed, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD. This laptop will get you through a solid work day without breaking a sweat, and the beefy battery means you won't waste time looking for an outlet.

The backlit keyboard's keys are spaced so that they're comfortable even after hours of typing, and the Precision touchpad offers full gesture support. The durable aluminum body won't show wear from normal use, and it has the ports you use most, including one USB-C, one 3.5mm headphone jack, and two USB 3.0 ports. A fingerprint reader makes this laptop compatible with Windows Hello. It starts at about $1,000.

Best budget

Notebook M

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Samsung has in the Notebook M a budget laptop with decent performance and a great price. Inside the light, white chassis is an Intel Celeron N3050 processor with a 1.6GHz clock speed, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SATA SSD. The 11.6-inch display has a 1366 x 768 resolution — expected of budget laptops — but is great to look at thanks to plenty of brightness and true colors. The Notebook M starts at about $390.

Bottom line: For the best budget Samsung laptop, go with the Notebook M.

One more thing: The Notebook M has one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and one HDMI port.

Best business

Notebook 9 (15-inch)

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If you love everything about the 13-inch Notebook 9, but you need a bit more space on your screen for multitasking, you'll want to check out the 15-inch, 1080p display on this larger Notebook 9. Get up to a 7th-Generation Intel Core i7-7500U with a 2.7GHz baseline clock speed, 16GB of DDR4 RAM , and a NVIDIA GeForce 940 MX GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This is a lot of performance in a laptop that weighs just 2.73 pounds (1.24kg) and is only 0.6 inches (1.5cm) thick. You'll also get about 10 hours of battery life, and with plenty of ports, including Thunderbolt 3, two USB 3.0, a USB 2.0, and an HDMI jack, you shouldn't have to deal with any dongles. This laptop starts at about $1,250.

Bottom line: For the best Samsung laptop for the business-oriented crowd, go with the 15-inch Notebook 9.

One more thing: Be sure to check out our full review of the Samsung Notebook 9 15" for more information.

Best convertible

Notebook 7 Spin

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Love Samsung and love the option of using your laptop in tablet, tent, or stand modes? The Notebook 7 Spin should be your choice. Featuring a 6th-Generation Intel Core i5 processor with a 2.3GHz clock speed, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD), this laptop has enough power to be your machine for work and play. The 13.3-inch touch display has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, reacts precisely to touch, and has great color and contrast. Expect to pick one up for about $630.

Bottom line: For the best convertible laptop Samsung makes, go with the Notebook 7 Spin.

One more thing: Included are two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, and one Ethernet port.

Best for photography

Notebook 9 Pro

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Photographers need a high-resolution display, which is what the Notebook 9 Pro is all about. This 15.6-inch touchscreen has a 4K resolution with perfect color and contrast. It is powered by a NVIDIA GTX 950M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM that you can enjoy some light gaming on when you're not busy editing photos. Rounding out the hardware is a 6th-Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to a 3.5GHz clock speed, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SATA SSD. To connect all your gadgets, enjoy three USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, one SD card reader, and one HDMI port. This laptop starts at about $1,240.

Bottom line: For the best Samsung laptop with a 4K screen, go with the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro.

One more thing: The aluminum chassis doesn't scratch easily, so it's perfect for when you and your laptop are out in the field snapping pictures.

Best 2-in-1 tablet

Galaxy TabPro S

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The 12-inch AMOLED touch display on the TabPro S has a 2160 x 1440 resolution that looks absolutely gorgeous. Inside is an Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor with a clock speed up to 2.20GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The detachable keyboard features a Precision touchpad that's compatible with all Windows 10 gestures, and a USB-C port takes care of charging and connectivity. This light weight (1.52 pounds) 2-in-1 tablet starts at about $700.

Bottom line: For the best tablet experience Samsung offers, check out the Galaxy TabPro S.

One more thing: Expect to get about 10 hours of battery life from this device.

Conclusion

For a great budget laptop, you should go with the Notebook M, and for a great business laptop with a large screen, check out the 15-inch Notebook 9. If you want a convertible laptop, you can't go wrong with the Notebook 7 Spin, and for a 2-in-1 tablet, check out the Galaxy TabPro S. Photographers out there will want to take a look at the Notebook 9 Pro with its 4K display, but for the overall best Samsung laptop, go with the 13-inch Notebook 9.

Best overall

Notebook 9 (13-inch)

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The 13.3-inch display on this laptop has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, vivid color, and great contrast, and it is bright enough to be used outside in sunlight. For hardware, you get up to a 7th-Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). A backlit keyboard and Precision touchpad round out this slim package, and you expect to pick up this configuration for about $1,200, although the base configuration starts at about $1,000.

Bottom line: For the best overall Samsung laptop you can buy, go with the 13-inch Notebook 9.

One more thing: This laptop weighs only 1.8 pounds (0.81kg) and is just 0.55-inches (1.3cm) thick.