Samsung laptop tops US consumer ratings

By Yoon Sung-won

Samsung Electronics’ high-end laptop computer Notebook 9 Always received the top ratings among all 15- to 16-inch laptops in an evaluation in the U.S., Sunday.

U.S. consumer magazine Consumer Reports gave the 15-inch Samsung laptop 77 overall points to make it the top laptop computer on the chart. Apple’s Macbook Pro and Hewlett-Packard’s Spectre followed with 74 points.

According to Consumer Reports, the Samsung laptop earned the high score especially for its high portability, thanks to its light weight and long battery life, as well as for its performance. It weighs only 1.18 kilograms, compared to 2 kilograms for the 15-inch Macbook Pro. Its ergonomics and display also received good reviews.

Samsung Electronics unveiled the Notebook 9 Always model during the Consumer Electronics Show this January and has released it in the U.S. market. Its 15-inch LCD supports full high-definition resolution. The high-end model can have an external graphic processing unit installed on request.

Its battery is capable of running for more than 12 hours per charge and can be recharged not just with a laptop charger but also with smartphone chargers or external battery packs for handsets, according to Samsung Electronics.

Another Samsung laptop, Notebook 9 NP900X5, grabbed the fourth spot, and Lenovo’s Yoga 710 took fifth.

Despite laptop computers having continued to lose their luster to large-sized smartphones and tablet computers, some models with high performance and portability have retained their market demand. The latest Macbook Pro has had a solid presence in the high-performance laptop market thanks to its design and graphic processing capabilities.

According to international market researcher IDC, 28 percent of laptops sold between 2013 and 2016 were 15-inch models, followed by ones with displays smaller than 13 inches with 25 percent. This shows that 15-inch models have been the most popular size.

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