Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus preview: The beauty of 3,200 x 1,800 pixels

One of the prettiest and most deluxe Ultrabooks money can buy is the Samsung Series 9. Recently, the more affordable ATIV Book 9 Lite was added to the line-up, and now there's a new high-end model too. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus comes with an incredible 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen.

The Series 9 is stylish as ever, with a supersleek aluminium body. It's really a sight to behold when it's in front of you, with its dark blueish hue and brushed aluminium accents on the sides.

When you flip it open, that sense of high-end style remains. The black keys are backlit, the touchpad is large and then you have that screen. The minimalistic design of course doesn't leave a lot of room for connectors. There is one USB 3.0 port on each side, and there's a full-size card reader. The rest of the connectors consist of Micro HDMI, Ethernet (including cable) and VGA. That does mean you have to use adapters for some connections.

While it's possible to bend the screen all the way back so it's flat on the table, it's not as flexible as for example the Lenovo Yoga. The sound quality of this Ultrabook is surprisingly good for a laptop, and especially for an Ultrabook.

The screen is of course the stand-out feature on this laptop. Like most touchscreens it's glossy, but the 3,200 x 1,800 resolution feels incredible when you're used to 1,366 x 768 screens. It has the same effect as when you see a Retina iPad for the first time, or an Ultra HD TV.

The screen use PLS technology from Samsung, which is very similar to IPS. It has excellent viewing angles and colours. It's unfortunate that Windows doesn't always do a good job of using this high resolution correctly on such a small screen. Text in 100 per cent size can become very tiny, and if you increase the size of things, it doesn't always work well in all applications. You can read rest of the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus preview on Hardware.info.