Samsung Series 7 Gamer review

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

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Samsung series 7 gamer review

The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a bit of a funny one. Going by the laptop's specs alone, it should have been an astounding PC, but when using it we just can't get too enthusiastic about it.

It's got the graphical chops to handle the latest games, yet even in Windows 7 it doesn't feel as slick or accomplished as it should. It's a big beast, and the illuminated bells and whistles everywhere won't be to everyone's taste.

We liked

The mobile components in the Samsung Series 7 Gamer are pretty much the best you can get. Playing some of the latest games on their max graphical settings on a portable PC is undoubtedly great, and the laptop is future-proof enough for you to not have to worry about upgrading any time soon. 3D and Blu-ray playback give this laptop further versatility as a media PC.

We disliked

The unnecessary LEDs, lights and desktop themes are at best an ugly distraction and at worse damaging to the Samsung Series 7 Gamer's performance. A laptop of this power shouldn't hang when we go to shut down Windows 7. We feel that wiping the hard drive and installing a vanilla version of Windows 7 without Samsung's pointless additions would give a much more satisfying user experience. Also we can't help but be disappointed by the minuscule battery life. If it needs to be tethered to a power supply, then what makes it so different from a desktop PC?

Final verdict

The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a good laptop that could have - and should have - been great, but ultimately it doesn't do quite enough to justify its steep price tag.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity2 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6970
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time4.20 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product Family7
Operating System Architecture64-bit
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
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
Product Model700G7A-S02UK
Product Name700G7A-S02UK Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP700G7A-S02UK
Manufacturer Website Address
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Maximum Memory16 GB
Package Contents
  • 700G7A-S02UK Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year