Best Overall: Notebook 9 13

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The 13.3-inch display on this laptop has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, vivid color, and great contrast, and it is bright enough to be used outside in sunlight. For hardware, you get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor (CPU), 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 higher-end configuration for about $1,200, although the base configuration starts at about $925.

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

One more thing: Keep an eye out for an updated Notebook 9 with eighth-gen CPU, expected to be released first quarter of 2018. Also expected soon is a "Pen" version of the laptop with heavy support for inking.

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

Coming in at 1.76 pounds (0.79kg) and 0.55 inches (1.3cm) thick, the Notebook 9 is sleek without compromising performance. You get up to a seventh-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-A 3.0 ports. A fingerprint reader makes this laptop compatible with Windows Hello.

Runner-Up: Notebook 9 15

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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 version (about $1,100). Get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U CPU 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.

Bottom line: For the best Samsung laptop that's just a bit bigger, 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 budget: Notebook M

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Samsung has in the Notebook M (about $340) a budget laptop with decent performance and a great price. Inside the light, white chassis is an Intel Celeron N3050 CPU with a 1.6GHz clock speed, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SATA SSD. The 11.6-inch display has a 1,366 x 7,68 resolution — expected of budget laptops — but is great to look at thanks to plenty of brightness and true colors.

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

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

Best business: Notebook 9 Pro 15

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If the Notebook 9 line is attractive but you need something with a convertible design and inking capabilities, the Pro version is likely going to be your first choice. The same thin and light design is here but includes two hinges for 360-degree display rotation. Samsung's S Pen offers an excellent drawing and writing experience, and the 1080p display is sharp and colorful. For hardware, you're getting up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SATA SSD, and a dedicated Radeon RX 540 GPU. Add plenty of ports and an IR camera for Windows Hello, and you have one fine machine.

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

One more thing: Our review of the Notebook 9 Pro has far more information.

Best 2-in-1: Galaxy Book 12

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Likened to Microsoft's Surface Pro, the Galaxy Book 12 (about $1,150) has an included attachable keyboard and S Pen for inking, but it makes a fine tablet on its own with its 1440p display. You're getting a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, a 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. This is a respectable amount of power from a tablet, and coupled with a long-lasting battery, it can no doubt act as your daily driver.

Bottom line: For an excellent device that you can easily us as a tablet, have a look at the Galaxy Book 12.

One more thing: Ports include two USB-C 3.1 and a 3.5mm audio jack.

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 Pro. For a 2-in-1 tablet, have a look at the Galaxy Book 12, but for the best Samsung laptops, go with the 13-inch or 15-inch Notebook 9.

Best overall: Notebook 9 13

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The 13.3-inch display on this laptop has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, vivid color, and great contrast, and it is bright enough to be used outside in sunlight. For hardware, you get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor (CPU), 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 higher-end configuration for about $1,200, although the base configuration starts at about $925.

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

One more thing: Keep an eye out for an updated Notebook 9 with eighth-gen CPU, expected to be released first quarter of 2018. Also expected soon is a "Pen" version of the laptop with heavy support for inking.

Updated January 22, 2018: This list has been refreshed to ensure you're still looking at the best Samsung laptops available.