Tired of toting around a hefty work laptop? Samsung’s ridiculously light Notebook 9 might be the answer for commuters and frequent travelers. The new 13-inch laptop weighs just 1.85 lbs., making it one of the lightest laptop computers we’ve ever seen.
Let’s put that into perspective. The 13-inch MacBook Air feels significantly heavier than the Notebook 9, weighing in at 3 lbs., and even the superportable Dell XPS 13 outweighs the Notebook 9 by nearly a full pound. Samsung’s laptop weighs about as much as two iPad Airs stuck together, which means it’s light enough to lift between two fingers with ease.
I was also quite impressed with the Notebook 9’s excellent keyboard. Despite its slim profile, the keys offer a generous 1.5 mm of travel and good feedback, which make for a really comfortable, satisfying typing experience. That’s not something many of you’ll often find on a notebook with these dimensions.
Other hardware highlights include processor options up to Intel’s 6th Generation Core i7 Processor with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of SSD storage. Samsung also showed off the machine’s flexible hinge, which opens up 180 degrees so you can tip the display back until it lies flat on a conference table. A keyboard shortcut lets you flip the image on the screen upside down, which could come in handy when you’re working on team projects or consulting with a client across the table.
Of course, we’ll have to wait to get our hands on the Notebook 9 before we can tell what trade-offs were made to achieve such a svelte design. After all, LG’s superlight Gram laptop also impressed us last year with a 2.11-lb. design, but its tiny battery didn’t last very long on a charge. We won’t know whether or not the Notebook 9 can last through the average business flight until we finish our full review.