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I have been looking for a powerful laptop for my son who is going off to school this fall. We really liked the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K04US 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Mineral Ash Black) but were concerned about the reviews about various programs not scaling correctly on the 3200 x 1800 QHD+ screen. A reviewer of that product pointed out that Samsung was releasing this 15.6 inch version with a 1920 x 1080 screen so we pre-ordered it. Thank you LarryC! We received it yesterday and it is awesome. In short, 1920 x 1080 is plenty for a 15-inch notebook. Scaling is set to 125% by default in Windows display properties but text in Chrome appeared blurry so we had to go into Chrome's settings chrome://settings/ and set web page scaling to 125% by default to match Windows' settings. That made everything sharp again. If you set scaling to 100% in Windows display properties to make it match the screen's native resolution, everything is really sharp but icons and text become really tiny on a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 screen. I can't imagine how tiny they were on a 13-inch 3200 x 1800 screen! There was minimal bloatware to remove; Norton and maybe one or two other items. My son uses a Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset and Amplified Stereo Sound with a USB cord and separate headphone and microphone cables but the notebook only has a combination headphone/microphone port on the left side. I bought a Rockit Headphone/Microphone Splitter and that worked perfectly but it blocked the USB port so I had to order a Cellet Slim 3.5mm Pin to 3.5mm Input Mini-Jack Adapter for iPhone - White to extend the Rockit adapter. If you order a different extension, just make sure it has 4 bands/conductors/contacts/poles on the plug instead of the usual 3. I also bought my son some Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers to plug into his notebook when he was in his dorm room and an issue that came up was that due to some European Union legislation, Samsung's Realtek audio driver would pop up a Windows volume warning that you had to click on to dismiss every time we turned the volume up past 42% when either the external speakers or headphones were plugged into the headphone jack. Seems insignificant but just think about how many times you adjust the volume each day and you can see how quickly that can become annoying. I researched it and if you simply uninstall Samsung's Realtek audio driver in the Control Panel and reboot, Windows will install a standard audio driver and there is absolutely no difference in sound quality or audio options available to you except no more annoying pop-up! After solving the scaling issues, combo heaphone/microphone jack and volume warning pop-up, we are extremely pleased with this purchase and would buy it again!
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Initial post: May 31, 2014, 12:39:05 AM PDT
Not a problem, replayreb. I'm glad you and your son are very happy with this laptop, and able to resolve those minor annoyances you mentioned. I haven't ordered mines yet, but I will soon. :) Keep us posted if your son has any more feedback after spending a little more time with it. Thanks!
Posted on May 31, 2014, 6:12:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2014, 6:15:23 AM PDT
Thorough review of scaling, audio jacks and volume features. Realizing that you have had it for only one day, could you comment on other significant features and your impression of this long-awaited computer? Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014, 1:05:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2014, 7:23:17 PM PDT
Well to be fair we don't even use the Windows 8 Metro interface. I installed Start8 and set it to boot into desktop mode and turned off all the hot corners so we basically turned it into Windows 7. The notebook itself is extremely light, the keyboard is comfortable and quiet and my son really likes the backlit keyboard for gaming. We didn't want or need the touchscreen since we are using it in desktop mode exclusively but the touchscreen is not as reflective as I feared so it is OK. We had debated getting the 13-inch version and that one would have been slightly more portable but we decided he would use it mainly in his dorm room so we went with the 15-inch version and that turned out to be the right decision.
Posted on May 31, 2014, 7:07:55 PM PDT
exp user says:
Posted on Jun 2, 2014, 9:56:56 AM PDT
What happened to the 1 TB configuration that I read about in reviews after CES? Is that no longer an option?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014, 7:58:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2014, 7:59:29 AM PDT
Hubert Heller says:
Not with this model, whihc only has 1 SSD slot but
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7, Mineral Ash Black)
has 2 SSD slots.
I added a second Crucial 512GB SSD to mine and currently have 768GB.
More info here:
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2014, 2:20:19 PM PDT
H. Leow says:
Was it hard to install a second drive? Are there instructions out there?
I talked to someone on Samsung live chat and they said the max the computer would run is 256GB SSD, which I don't believe.
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