When comparing Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 vs Lenovo ThinkPad T460s, the Slant community recommends Lenovo ThinkPad T460s for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Lenovo ThinkPad T460s is ranked 5th while Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 is ranked 21st. The most important reason people chose Lenovo ThinkPad T460s is:
The Thinkpad T460s is more than adequate at performing daily mainstream tasks. It achieved a Geekbench 3 score of 6796 which is way ahead of the average for this laptop category (6271). The 256GB SSD is also very fast and is able to copy 4.97GB worth of data in just 33 seconds. Even though the GPU does not support any heavy gaming or CAD work, it's still possible to do some picture or video editing comfortably.
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Pro Great display
It's a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen with fantastic color reproduction, wide viewing angles and 300-nit brightness.
Pro Beautiful design with great build quality
With a black aluminum body not only is the device a pleasure to look at but is also has a strong build quality.
Pro Plays nice with Linux
With a bit of preperation, such as turning off fastboot and making sure Bios are fully update, installing Linux is not that difficult. Once installed even the touchscreen works, as long as the latest Kernel is installed.
Pro Well space keyboard
Being that the device has a large body a full sized keyboard is able to fit without any compromises. While the device itself is shallow the keys have a good bit of travel to them.
Pro Native lossless audio support
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 has native 24-bit, 192kHz audio built into the device. For those that only have FLAC or ALAC libraries, music on the go will be a pleasure.
Pro Good battery life
9 hours battery life, nuff said.
Pro Great performance for daily mainstream tasks
The Thinkpad T460s is more than adequate at performing daily mainstream tasks. It achieved a Geekbench 3 score of 6796 which is way ahead of the average for this laptop category (6271). The 256GB SSD is also very fast and is able to copy 4.97GB worth of data in just 33 seconds.
Even though the GPU does not support any heavy gaming or CAD work, it's still possible to do some picture or video editing comfortably.
Pro Great build quality
The body is made of magnesium and the lid is reinforced by carbon fiber which makes it extremely durable as well. Lenovo claims that the laptop has passed MIL-STD 810G durability tests for extreme temperatures, high altitudes, humidity and vibrations.
Pro Great minimalistic design
The chassis has a simple matte black coating that surrounds the whole laptop. The only dashes of color are provided by the red trackpoint on the keyboard and the red dot on the logo on the back of the lid.
Pro Good touchpad
The T460s has a 3.9x2.2inch buttonless touchpad which provides relatively accurate navigation without lag or stuttering. It has a matte surface which has the right amount of friction to be enjoyable to use. The touchpad also supports multi-touch gestures and two-finger swiping.
Pro Very portable
At 3lbs and at 13 x 8.9 x.74 inches it's a very small, lightweight, and portable laptop.
Con High price for what the internals are
While the materials use in the device justify the high price the lack of CPU and GPU power in comparison to similar notebooks feels as though performance was cut.
Con Lower resolution screen that its predecessor
The screen resolution has been lowered from the previous model for some reason.
Con Trackpad sticks
While being large and mostly accurate the trackpad does stick some.
Con Poor battery life
In order to make this laptop thinner Lenovo have opted to remove the extended and removable batteries which in turn has decreased the overall battery life of this laptop. Simple web surfing using Wi-Fi at a screen brightness of 100 nits caused a full battery to be drained in just 7 hours.
Con Stiff and shallow keyboard
The keys are relatively stiff and require too little actuation force which in turn makes users "bottom out" rather often which can get quite annoying.