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ATIV Book 5
Samsung Launches New ATIV Book 5 and Book 6 Laptops

Samsung has pulled the wraps off of a pair of new notebook computers under its ATIV brand. The ATIV brand was previously only for Windows-based convertible computers, but the brand is now where Samsung will place all of its Windows devices covering PC and mobile technology.

“Samsung has been the fastest growing PC brand for the past three years, in part because of our commitment to developing solutions that meet and exceed the ever-evolving needs of our customers,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America.
 
“Our expanded ATIV brand and the introduction of solutions like SideSync create the necessary synergy between our mobile and PC lines to create real ease of use for consumers. These synergies enable us to maintain our momentum and continue to offer our customers innovations that enhance the way they live and work.”

The new notebooks include the ATIV Book 5 and the ATIV Book 6. The Book 5 is designed for speed and mobility according to Samsung. The machine has 24 GB of ExpressCache for fast boot up and software loading. It uses a 14-inch touchscreen and weighs 4.19 pounds. The machine is also less than an inch thick making it very portable.

The machine uses an Intel Core i5-337U processor operating at 1.8 GHz. The native resolution of the 14-inch screen is 1366x768. The notebook also has 4 GB of memory, 500 GB of storage, and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU.

The Book 6 features an Intel Core i7-3635QM processor operating at 2.4 GHz. It features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, 8 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage. Graphics are handled via and AMD Radeon HD 8770 M GPU.
 
The Book 5 and Book 6 are both available for pre-ordering right now with prices of $899.99 and $1,199.99 respectively.

Sources: Samsung [1], [2]



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By retrospooty on 4/26/2013 12:25:52 PM , Rating: 1
"What's the big deal about 1920x1080 on a 14" laptop screen?"

Hey, if you arent bothered by the huge pixels, then good for you. You can save a few $$$. If you dont notice the lack of screen real-estate on 1366x768 then I would guess you really dont use it much at all, or dont do alot of different things with it.

"How come 1680x1050 never became popular on laptops?"

I agree and miss that option. I still have an old Lenovo T61 with 1680x1050. That whole step seems to have gone away when they moved from 16x10 to 16x9.
Low: 1280x800 became 1366x768
Med: 1440x900 became 1600x900
Med high: 1680x1050 became ... extinct.
high: 1920x1200 became 1920x1080


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By BillyBatson on 4/26/2013 2:39:46 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah I'm not bothered by larger pixels as long as I'm not planning on watching video. And correct I normally don't multitask while on a computer beyond multiple tabs in my browser lol.

Me too it was a good resolution before HD became standard and I like it for laptops. We have an old ThinkPad a31p with a 15" 4:3 screen and 1600x1200, impressive with an old machine. I've never been a fan of 1440x though


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By Solandri on 4/26/2013 4:31:34 PM , Rating: 2
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Yeah I'm not bothered by larger pixels as long as I'm not planning on watching video. And correct I normally don't multitask while on a computer beyond multiple tabs in my browser lol.

What can I say, some of us actually work on our computers. When I got my current laptop, I had a choice between a 1600x900 and 1920x1080 screen. It's only a 13.3" screen so I figured 1600x900 was good enough.

Big mistake. 1366x768 is roughly enough to work on one app at a time. 1600x900 is big enough to work on 1.5 apps at a time (one of the windows is always overlapped). 1920x1080 (which is what my external monitor has) is enough to work on 2 apps at a time side-by-side. I'm firmly in the 1080p camp now.


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By retrospooty on 4/26/2013 5:58:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... Its not even about image quality, especially at work... It simply boils down to real estate. It's amazing how much a little makes a difference. Even 1920x1200 is way easier to work with than 1920x1080 to me. That extra bit at the bottom makes a big difference.


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By BillyBatson on 4/26/2013 10:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
I believe I said my computer will be for work... And we don't run apps there is nothing for me to run side by side. I know what 1366 and 1080 both look like on the same size monitor, 1366 works for me. Anything bigger and I have to drop resolution down any way to read at a distance when I'm going between multiple computers. No one is arguing both don't have their places. It's like buying a MacBook Pro 13", some need the retina display, some don't of need to save money. There should definitely always be the option.


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