When comparing Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 vs Surface Pro 4, the Slant community recommends Surface Pro 4 for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Surface Pro 4 is ranked 6th while Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 is ranked 16th.
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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 Lightweight yet powerful
Pro Works as a tablet or a laptop
Surface Pro 4 can be used both as a laptop and a tablet. Being that it can be used as either makes it extremely convenient to those that want power on the go.
Pro Comes bundled with a great stylus
N-trig pen feels like a real pen and is natural to hold. There is a top button on the pen that allows for an eraser function as well as use for a wake up function.
Pro New redesigned keyboard and touchpad attatchment
The keyboard attachment has been redesigned form earlier versions with a larger touchpad.
Pro 3:2 aspect ratio makes the device easier to hold and use
With a 3:2 aspect ratio the device is not as top heavy when holding in portrait and is easier to reach parts of the screens with the users thumbs when in landscape.
Pro Balanced screen colors
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 Keyboard doesn't come with the device
You have to pay an extra $130 for the type cover keyboard.
Con Not a lot of ports
1 USB 3.0, microSD Card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort
Con Can be difficult to use
Unless you have a flat surface available to deploy the kickstand, it's not very laptop-like.