Samsung Notebook 9 Pro review: This feature-packed 15-inch laptop makes a few compromises

You buy a big and heavy 15.6-inch laptop so you can get real work done faster—that means a burly quad-core CPU and discrete graphics.

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro packs those in, then adds an excellent 4K Ultra HD touchscreen and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 Type C port to the mix. At $1,500 MSRP (available at Best Buy), it’s priced the same as competing laptops that have fewer high-tech features. That’s a hell of a deal.

Room to work

The Notebook 9 Pro has the classic look of a Samsung laptop, with a black, anodized-aluminum chassis and brushed-aluminum accents. At 4.5 pounds, this 15.6-inch notebook feels solid but is a little slippery, too—you’ll need to keep a good grip on it. Our review unit also had an overly stiff hinge that I had to crank on in order to reach its maximum 140-degree viewing angle, which made opening it while walking extra dangerous.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro review: This feature-packed 15-inch laptop makes a few compromises

You buy a big and heavy 15.6-inch laptop so you can get real work done faster—that means a burly quad-core CPU and discrete graphics.

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro packs those in, then adds an excellent 4K Ultra HD touchscreen and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 Type C port to the mix. At $1,500 MSRP (available at Best Buy), it’s priced the same as competing laptops that have fewer high-tech features. That’s a hell of a deal.

Room to work

The Notebook 9 Pro has the classic look of a Samsung laptop, with a black, anodized-aluminum chassis and brushed-aluminum accents. At 4.5 pounds, this 15.6-inch notebook feels solid but is a little slippery, too—you’ll need to keep a good grip on it. Our review unit also had an overly stiff hinge that I had to crank on in order to reach its maximum 140-degree viewing angle, which made opening it while walking extra dangerous.

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Origin PC Chronos review: Fast things come in small, loud packages

If you still think a gaming rig is a PC that’s so big, you have to throw a party to get help lifting it out of the box, we’ve got news: Performance PCs don’t have to be gigantic anymore.

Nothing illustrates that fact more than Origin PC’s redesigned Chronos micro-tower, which packs state-of-the-art hardware into a machine not much bigger than last-generation gaming consoles. Sure, you’ll choke at the price—$4,865 as configured—but the performance you get from such a compact machine is impressive.

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The Chronos isn’t much larger than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Origin PC Chronos review: Fast things come in small, loud packages

If you still think a gaming rig is a PC that’s so big, you have to throw a party to get help lifting it out of the box, we’ve got news: Performance PCs don’t have to be gigantic anymore.

Nothing illustrates that fact more than Origin PC’s redesigned Chronos micro-tower, which packs state-of-the-art hardware into a machine not much bigger than last-generation gaming consoles. Sure, you’ll choke at the price—$4,865 as configured—but the performance you get from such a compact machine is impressive.

origin pc chronos xbox360 ps4 Gordon Mah Ung

The Chronos isn’t much larger than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Origin PC Chronos review: Fast things come in small, loud packages

If you still think a gaming rig is a PC that’s so big, you have to throw a party to get help lifting it out of the box, we’ve got news: Performance PCs don’t have to be gigantic anymore.

Nothing illustrates that fact more than Origin PC’s redesigned Chronos micro-tower, which packs state-of-the-art hardware into a machine not much bigger than last-generation gaming consoles. Sure, you’ll choke at the price—$4,865 as configured—but the performance you get from such a compact machine is impressive.

origin pc chronos xbox360 ps4 Gordon Mah Ung

The Chronos isn’t much larger than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Google turns on HTTPS for all Blogspot blogs

All blogs hosted on Google's blogspot.com domain can now be accessed over an encrypted HTTPS connection. This puts more control into the hands of blog readers who value privacy. Google started offering users of its Blogger service the option to swi...
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