Samsung Series 7 Gamer
A new 17 inch 3D notebook
Samsung and its wide array of IT gadgets, cellphones and consumer electronics are sought after by many of its fans or newcomers to such products. It is all thanks to the company’s very good reputation. But the thing is: Samsung have never created a laptop aimed at gamers. Until now. The Series 7 Gamer is a first for the brand which incorporated it with a lot of high-end specifications that compete with Asus and other such companies successfully. And the $2,219 price tag is very attractive considering the impressive specs. Find out from our review below whether or not the device is as good as it sounds.
If you’ve seen a gaming laptop, you’ve seen them all. The Samsung Series 7 Gamer comes in the standard black color but, unlike rivaling models, it has a simple exterior made of plastic which sadly doesn’t offer protection against those pesky fingerprints. On the opposite end, the area surrounding the keyboard and the palmrest have a brushed aluminum finish. The black chassis might seem boring at first, but things change when the logo on the laptop’s lid lights up when you turn the device on. The aforementioned is also prone to picking up fingerprints. 409mm x 284.8mm x 52.6mm and 4kg are the dimensions and weight of this laptop.
3D glasses included
When we opened the lid for our test, we saw a full HD 17.3″ display. What we loved about it were the viewing angles, some of the best ones we experienced, and the possibility of setting the brightness at a maximum of 400-nit. The screen of the Series 7 Gamer is a 3D-capable one and uses an active-shutter glass technology. When you get this laptop you’ll also find in the box a pair of 3D glasses that are slimmer, more stylish and lighter than others offered by the competition.
The keyboard is backlit and the trackpad gets a blue LED accent and support for multitouch commands in Windows 7. The buttons of the keyboard are all well-spaced and full-sized, so typing is a comfortable experience.
2.2GHz Core i7 processor
Apart from the pair of 3D glasses, the features of this Series 7 Gamer are the following: ExpressCache technology, speakers, 4 preset modes, the possibility of disabling the touchpad and Windows button when the user plays a game, webcam, Blue-ray drive and many others you’ll find listed under our review.
Ports and inputs are as follows: 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader, headphone/microphone jacks, GA-out, DisplayPort, HDMI, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth. The Series 7 Gamer uses a 2.2GHz Core i7 processor. It got very good scores in our tests, as did the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M mobile graphics.
Windows 7 OS
Battery life was, sadly, disappointing, with the laptop managing only 1 hour and a half with moderate gaming; watching a movie needed the click of the Pause button, because the battery had to be charged after almost an hour. The memory was made of 8GB, with 1.333MHz DDR3.
Pre-installed software included a very helpful software manager that tracked our installed applications, Windows updates and drivers, 2 discs containing the Windows OS and several other stuff like that. There were also varied utilities that we used when we wanted to back up the contents of our PC and other such activities. The warranty offered by manufacturers is 1 year and the customer support is quite good.
The new Series 7 Gamer is Samsung’s first high-end gaming laptop. From what we saw, quite a successful one at that.
|* Operating system||Win 7 Home Premium|
|* Graphics hardware||AMD Radeon HD 6970M|
|* Diagonal screen size||17.3 inch|
|* Screen resolution||(max)1,920 x 1,080|
|* LCD technology||LED-backlit|
|* Processor||Core i7|
|* Motherboard chipset||Intel HM65|
|* Processor number||2670M|
|* Processor speed||2.2GHz|
|* Ports||2 x USB 3.0; 2 x USB 2.0; VGA; HDMI; DisplayPort|
|* Hard drive||1500 GB|
|* Optical drive||Blu-ray drive|
|* RAM memory||8192 MB|
|* TV tuner||No|
|* DVD/MP3 without bootup||No|
|* Dimensions||409.8 x 284.8 x 49.9 mm|
|* Weight w/battery||3.8 kg|
|* Battery type(s) included||8-cell Lithium ion|