Samsung Series 7 Chronos review

15.6-inch portable that packs power - at a price

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While the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is a beautiful laptop, the PC is dying. Unless you're regularly pushing your device to its limits, most users will be happy with the performance offered by Microsoft Surface Pro or the HP Envy x2. They still have Intel Core power, and when compared with this hefty price tag, you could still afford to have a big screen and a full-sized wireless keyboard set up on your desk.

The days of the full-form clamshell laptop being the only choice for people who want a marriage of work and play have passed, and unless you need every ounce of processing power, more versatile Windows 8 machines are available in your price range, and are worthy alternatives.

We liked

The immense power of the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is genuinely impressive, and it offers near gaming-level performance in a machine that you could carry in a bag and use day to day. With the top of the range processor and dedicated graphics card considered, the slim lines and sleek brushed metal finish are to be applauded.

The upgraded screen is another highlight, and the expansive panel works brilliantly in Windows 8. The deep colours and detailed, pin-sharp visuals make this a truly premium laptop, and add to that the responsive and accurate touchscreen capability and you have a stunning high-end laptop.

This is one of the stand-out laptops you'll see this year, marrying top-notch design with fantastic usability.

We disliked

As a laptop, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is one of the best you'll find, but our gripes come from a general view of where computing is going, and how you should spend your £1,200/US$1,300. There's stacks of power here, but portability is limited, and this is an issue for many buyers. Most people will happily get by on half the amount of power here, and that means Ultrabooks such as the Dell XPS 13 or Asus Zenbook could be better options, financially speaking.

Next, there's design. The Samsung Series 7 Chronos makes few allowances for the touchscreen user, and while form factors are starting to change across the computing world, this is very much stuck in 2011. Hybrid devices and tablets are making in-roads, especially backed by Windows 8, but aside from touch - which we believe most users will shun in favour of the familiar trackpad - the Samsung Series 7 Chronos does little to embrace the new computing experience.

If you're looking for a home laptop, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is as good as it gets, but in a year's time the traditional desk-bound clamshell will seem very old fashioned.

Final verdict

The Samsung Series 7 Chronos is one of the best Windows laptops money can buy, but in this changing world of computing, we urge you as a buyer to consider whether your needs would be served better with a lighter, more mobile machine with less emphasis on huge power.

If you're looking for a fantastic laptop today, however, this superb machine comes highly recommended.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6970M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DisplayPortYes
Product Family7
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-2670QM
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
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
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
3D Type3D
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height52.6 mm
Width409.8 mm
Depth284.8 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series7
ManufacturerSamsung
Product Model700G
Product Name700G Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP700G7A-S01UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

For grown-up gamers the Samsung Series 7 700G7 is the notebook you've always dreamed of. Hidden within its discrete and elegant design is the most powerful graphics card currently available - the AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5. It also includes the blistering processing power of the very latest Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium and innovative Express Cache technology, so you can enjoy thrilling high-speed action all the way. An optimized Gaming mode and ergonomic backlit gaming keyboard also give you even more performance and control, while awesome 3D surround sound and a full HD 17.3" display bring games bursting into life. So if you want to play faster, bigger and harder, but do it with a real touch of style then you need to own the 700G7 notebook.

Package Contents
  • 700G Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year