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Samsung Series 7 Gamer review

A big, beefy and shiny laptop ready for the latest titles

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • High-end performance
  • Good hardware for the money
  • Samsung's UI has some useful options
  • Runs relatively quiet and cool

Against

  • Gaudy case lights
  • Samsung's UI is mostly obnoxious
  • No 3D support

With its blue backlit keyboard and i7 processor, Samsung's Series 7 Gamer laptop is a big shiny box of power. At 17 inches and 9 pounds, it's more of a semi-portable desktop replacement than a truly portable laptop. Still, this is a gaming computer, and with great power generally comes some serious bulk and a hefty down payment.

The first thing you'll notice about the Series 7 Gamer are all the blue lights, and a silver dial on the right side, near the monitor. This lets you cycle the computer into one of four modes: Gaming, Balanced, Library and Green Mode.

Samsung Series 7 Gamer laptop review

With an MSRP of $1,899 (note: Amazon is currently selling it for $1,742.98/£1,349.97), the Series 7 Gamer isn't cheap, but it's also not the priciest mobile gaming solution on the market (just look at the $2,500 Razer Blade). A little under two grand is pretty much par for the course with any machine that's (partially) portable and capable of running Skyrim at a respectable resolution.

Specifications

Let's get down to brass tacks: how much horsepower are you getting for your money? Quite a bit, we're happy to say. Here are the hard and fast specs for the Series 7:

Intel Core i7-3610QM @ 2.3GHz

w/ 6MB L3 cache

16GB DDR3 RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M Graphics

1.5TB Hitachi Hard Drive

8GB SanDisk SSD

17.3" display with 1920x1080 resolution

Samsung Series 7 Gamer laptop review

The Samsung Series 7 Gamer also sports four USB ports (2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0), a Blu-Ray drive, four stereo speakers, plus built-in webcam and microphone. Our review unit had Windows 7 Home Premium installed.

The Series 7 is not customizable, this is the only configuration that Samsung currently offers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1.50 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 675M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DisplayPortYes
Product Family7
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-3610QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.81 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM76 Express
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright Plus
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height49.8 mm
Width409.8 mm
Depth284.8 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series7
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNP700G7C
Product NameNotebook SERIES 7 GAMER
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP700G7C-S01UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Notebook SERIES 7 GAMER
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year