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Samsung Series 7 Gamer review

An attractive laptop powerful enough to run the latest games. What's the catch?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Powerful
  • Good at games
  • Future-proof
  • Fantastic screen
  • 3D capable

Against

  • Expensive
  • Unattractive design
  • Short battery life
  • Sometimes unstable

Gaming laptops such as the Samsung Series 7 Gamer can be a funny old breed. The idea of a portable PC powerful enough to play the latest games certainly appeals. But the reality is often a system that, due to its high-powered components, is bulky, heavy and has an incredibly short battery life.

Suddenly these gaming laptops seem a lot less portable.

They're also pretty expensive, and don't offer the upgradability or overclocking goodness of desktop PC gaming rigs such as the PC Specialist Vortex M59 OC, or the admittedly pricey CyberPower Liquid Xtreme GT. This means that the components inside the laptop need to be decent and future-proof, as well as being able to function well in a confined space.

Upgrading a processor or a graphics chip in a laptop is far more difficult than in a desktop PC, so you need to be sure that the components inside your expensive gaming laptop aren't going to become out of date any time soon.

When it comes to battery life, some recent gaming laptops have managed to avoid the hurdle. The Novatech nSpire 2760 Black Edition offers a pretty decent 222 minutes of juice, but it's still let down by a bulky and unattractive body.

We're open-minded folk, but we've seen far more mediocre gaming laptops than good ones, so a new kid such as the Samsung Series 7 Gamer - aka the Samsung NP700G7A - has a lot to prove. It especially has to impress when it's asking for £1,499 of your well-earned cash in the UK, where it's already on sale. It's reportedly being released in the US this spring, where it will cost $1,799.

Can it improve on the Novatech nSpire 2760 Black Edition's battery life, while proving a better design than competitors such as the Alienware M18X or the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G?

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity2 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6970
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time4.20 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product Family7
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2670QM
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.81 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height52.6 mm
Width409.8 mm
Depth284.8 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series7
ManufacturerSamsung
Product Model700G7A-S02UK
Product Name700G7A-S02UK Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP700G7A-S02UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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Maximum Memory16 GB
Package Contents
  • 700G7A-S02UK Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year