The 13-inch Notebook 9's powerful hardware and durable, sleek body make it the best Samsung laptop you can buy.

Best overall

Notebook 9 (13-inch)

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The 13.3-inch LED display on this laptop has a 1920x1080 resolution, has vivid color and great contrast, and is bright enough to be used even outside in sunlight. For hardware, you get an Intel Core i5 processor with a 2.3GHz clock speed, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. An ergonomic keyboard and glass touchpad round out this slim package — expect to pick up this configuration for about $940.

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

One more thing: Expect to get upwards of eight hours of battery life from this laptop.

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 — this thing is beautiful. It is bright enough to use outside, and the colors and contrast are just about perfect.

Coming in at 1.85 pounds (0.84kg) and half an inch thick, the Notebook 9 is sleek without compromising performance. You get a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with a 2.3GHz clock speed, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. This laptop will get you through a solid workday without breaking a sweat, and with a battery that lasts upwards of eight hours, you won't waste time looking for an outlet.

The ergonomic keyboard's keys are spaced so that they're comfortable even after hours of typing, and the glass touchpad is precise. The durable aluminum body won't show wear from normal use, and it has a host of ports, including one Micro HDMI, two USB 3.0, and one Mini-VGA. This laptop starts at about $940.

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 solid-state drive. The 11.6-inch display has a 1366x768 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 $350.

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 Notebook 9. The upgraded processor, a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 with a 2.5GHz clock speed, will help you get more done at once, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM ensures things won't grind to a halt. The 256GB solid-state drives allow you to boot Windows 10 in seconds, and the durable build will put up with your time on the road.

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

One more thing: The 1080p display is bright enough to allow you to work pretty much anywhere.

Best convertible

Notebook 7 Spin

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Love Samsung and love the option of using your laptop in tablet, tent, or stand mode? The Notebook 7 Spin should be your choice. Featuring a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with up to a 2.8GHz clock speed, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive, this laptop has enough power to be your machine for work and play. The 13.3-inch touch display has a 1920x1080 resolution, reacts precisely to touch, and has great color and contrast. Expect to pick one up for about $700.

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

Samsung 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 an NVIDIA GTX 950M graphics card with 4GB of GDDR3 VRAM that you can even play games 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 solid-state drive. To connect all your gadgets, enjoy three USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, one SD card reader, and one HDMI port.

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; perfect for when you and your laptop are out in the field snapping pictures.

Conclusion

For a great budget laptop, 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. Photographers out there will want to check out the Notebook 9 Pro with its 4K display, but for the overall best Samsung laptop, have a look at the 13-inch Notebook 9.

Best overall

Notebook 9 (13-inch)

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The 13.3-inch LED display on this laptop has a 1920x1080 resolution, has vivid color and great contrast, and is bright enough to be used even outside in sunlight. For hardware, you get an Intel Core i5 processor with a 2.3GHz clock speed, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. An ergonomic keyboard and glass touchpad round out this slim package — expect to pick up this configuration for about $940.

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

One more thing: Expect to get upwards of eight hours of battery life from this laptop.