Complete Guide for Your PC & How to Buy It (Part 2) - Samsung Series 7 Chronos

4/20/2012 5:19:59 PM

Samsung Series 7 Chronos

5 stars

Price: $1249.99

Beneath the outer shell that is similar to cute MacBook Pro of Chronos is a choice of high-performance hardware, including Intel quad core processor, 8GB RAM and a dedicated graphics card. Core i7-2675QM runs at 2.2GHz clock but can Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz to have maximum performance. Our multimedia test finished at 62 points in total.

In addition to providing large storage, 750GB hardware includes 8GB ExpressCache. This additional flash memory automatically saves files you use frequently, helps speed up the start and load applications faster. We found that after a few times reboots, Windows is a little faster and we can open large Photoshop files faster. Series 7 solved well the modern game thanks to a dedicated AMD graphics card. Radeon HD6750M has 1GB dedicated video memory, it can handle the high-level anti-aliasing in Dirt 3. It reaches an incredible speed of 47.9fps, so it will solve most games well at 720p.

Description: Description: Samsung Series 7 Chronos

Dedicated graphics do not force you to pay battery by AMD's graphics conversion utility. It found that laptop run on battery and automatically switched to integrated chip is more efficient than preinstalled processor. This helps it last longer than 5.5 hours in the light battery test, it may not the top score but still quite enough for you to complete some work on road.

In daily use, Series 7 Chronos is very elite. We are impressed with the 15.6-inch screen, not just 1600x900 high resolution but also anti-glare surface makes it easy to use in clear light. This usually means a decrease in visual fidelity, but a 300nit (cd/m2) back light is bright enough to make vibrant colors. We can see the difference with glossy screen, although it has an improvement with the anti-glare screen that we often see in the business laptops.

Despite the black keys, QWERTY keyboard and number keypad are both easy to use in the dark due to strong backlight. Light shines through the letters on each key, so we always know what key we are pressing. The Chiclet-style keys have reasonable size, provide reasonable resistance and sufficient bounce to make them be back to the off position quickly.

We also prefer large touchpad, despite the lack of physical buttons. It offers lots of room to navigate the Windows desktop, and when you need to select something, press a button down will activate a click. Of course, the left button activates left click and the right one controls the right click. It does not have exact feeling like Apple version, but it improved than the integrated touchpads we've ever seen before. Considering the slender size of Series 7, it has a reasonable number of ports - 2 USB3 ports, an ordinary USB port, HDMI video output, Gigabit Ethernet and equipment for multi-format memory card reader will be enough for most people.

Series 7 is not perfect - frame is not as solid as we want, with a slight curve significantly at the screen bezel and keyboard tray under pressure, and may take long time to pass through a lot of pre-installed softwares before we consider it is ready to use, if you can ignore these issues, it is a very good laptop. Design quality and attraction are not great as the MacBook Pro, but outstanding performance; compared with 15in MacBook, it has faster processors, more memory, larger hard drive and higher resolution screen with cheaper price. In value, Series 7 is obviously the winner.


Comment. This is a serious competitor of MacBook.

Multipurpose laptop. Intel Core i7-2675QM 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB hardware, AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics, DVD+/-RW+/-DL, LCD 15.6in wide-angle, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, 24x362x239mm, 2.3kg, RTB 1 year warranty.

Energy consumption: 0W standby, 17W idle, 89W active

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