Best Samsung Laptop

The 13-inch Notebook 9 offers the best combination of size, hardware, and performance within Samsung's lineup.

Our Pick

Samsung Notebook 9 13

The best laptop Samsung makes for most people.

This 13.3-inch laptop has a beautiful display, comfortable keyboard, slim chassis, and the performance hardware inside needed to cut through a day's work.

Who should buy this laptop

Not everyone needs a laptop with touch display, convertible design, or the hardware inside for heavy gaming. The Notebook 9 13 sticks with a traditional clamshell design and FHD display … and that's perfectly OK for most people.

Is it a good time to buy this laptop?

The Samsung Notebook 9 13 is using 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (CPU) and is fully compatible with Windows 10. These laptops generally retain their value even when a new version is announced, so you won't likely save much by waiting for a new refresh cycle.

Reasons to buy

  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Speedy solid-state drive.
  • Beautiful FHD display with accurate color reproduction.
  • Fingerprint reader for Windows Hello.
  • Weighs just over two pounds.
  • HDMI, USB-C, USB-A 3.0 ports.
  • microSD card reader.
  • Comfortable keyboard and large touchpad.

Reasons not to buy

  • Doesn't convert to tent, stand, or tablet modes.
  • Doesn't have a touch display.

The Samsung Notebook 9 13 is perfect for anyone who needs a notebook laptop

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.

The 13-inch Notebook 9 has the right mix of performance and design that most people can appeciate.

Coming in at 2.2 pounds (0.99 kg) and 0.59 inches (1.49 cm) thick, the Notebook 9 is sleek without compromising performance. You can get up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB 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 USB-C, HDMI, USB-A 3.0, and a microSD card reader. A fingerprint reader makes this laptop compatible with Windows Hello.

Alternatives to the Samsung Notebook 9 13

Samsung makes a lot of great laptops, so if you prefer a device that separates itself from a standard clamshell notebook, or you'd like a notebook with a larger display, you can find some quality alternatives.

Runner-up

Samsung Notebook 9 15

A Notebook 9 with a larger display and dedicated graphics.

If you love everything about the 13-inch Notebook 9 but you need a bit more space on your screen and dedicated graphics for increased performance, you'll want to check out this 15-inch configuration.

Get inside up to an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB PCIe SSD, and a NVIDIA GeForce MX150 dedicated graphics card (GPU) for extra performance when gaming or editing. The 75Wh battery gives about 10 hours of real-life usage time, there's a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, and there are plenty of ports for connecting your accessories and peripherals.

Value Pick

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

A 13-inch convertible laptop that costs less than the Notebook 9 lineup.

Save a few hundred dollars and still get a 13-inch laptop with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, convertible design for tent, stand, and tablet modes, and beautiful 1080p touch display.

The Notebook 7 Spin's 13.3-inch touch display is set at 1,920 x 1,080 for a pretty picture, and it can be used as a tablet thanks to convertible hinges. Inside, get an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SATA SSD. For ports, enjoy USB-C, two USB-A, and HDMI, and sign in quickly and securely with a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello.

Business Pick

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15

A convertible version of the Notebook 9 with a dedicated GPU and inking capabilities.

The Pro version has a darker color, convertible design with touch display, and built-in Samsung S Pen for inking whenever you need it. The dedicated AMD Radeon RX 540 GPU adds some extra power, and it's all contained in a chassis that's just 0.67 inches thick.

If you're in search of a Notebook 9 that's a bit more versatile, the 15-inch Pro version can be used in tablet, tent, or stand modes and it has a built-in S Pen with 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt support for an impressive inking experience. Get an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SATA SSD, and a dedicated AMD GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM for better performance when multimedia editing or gaming.

Bottom line

Samsung has a lineup of stellar laptops, including the 13-inch Notebook 9 that's no doubt the best option for most people.

It's thin, it's light, it has the performance and battery to get through a standard day of work, and the FHD display has near-perfect color reproduction and contrast. There are certainly other options from Samsung for anyone who needs something a bit different, but it's hard to beat the classic notebook.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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