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Posted on August 31st, 2011 by Sasha Muller

Samsung Series 7 review: first look

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The super-slim Series 9 laptop drew many an admiring glance, and Samsung’s Series 7 range looks likely to repeat the trick. In a meeting room at PC Pro, we were given an exclusive first glimpse of the 15.6in Samsung 700Z.

The Samsung 700Z

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While the 700Z can’t quite rival the millimetres-thick Series 9, it’s still stunning in the flesh. The dark grey metal chassis is more than a little reminiscent of the old Apple Powerbook G4 (shhh, don’t tell Apple’s lawyers) and the quality of finish on show is superb. The brushed-metal finish stretches all around, with no black plastic underside to ruin the effect. It’s all clean lines, smooth curves, and stiff, flex-free build.

The Samsung rep was especially keen to point out the matte anti-glare finish of the 15.6in, 1,600 x 900 display, and emphasised that matte displays would be becoming standard across Samsung’s entire laptop portfolio. That’s great news for glossy screen haters, and the claimed 300cd/m2 brightness rating on the 700Z meant it looked punchy and high-contrast in our brief time with it.

The Series 7 is also the first in Samsung’s line-up to include Diskeeper’s Express Cache technology. Frequently used files are cached into a tiny 8GB SSD embedded onto the motherboard, and Samsung claims boot times and application load times are dramatically improved as a result.

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It’s hard to ignore the huge multitouch touchpad. Just like Apple’s glass trackpad, the whole surface clicks under the finger, and multitouch gestures allow for scrolling, zooming and flicking back and forth through web pages. Cursor control is smooth, and unlike some of the buttonless touchpads we’ve seen on Windows laptops, we didn’t have any problems getting right-clicks to register. The soft-touch feel of the backlit keyboard is great under the finger, too; the generous key-spacing and super-wide shift keys tick all the right boxes.

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Twin USB 3 ports, USB 2, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and a slot-loading DVD writer are present and correct, and that peculiar port on the far right of the picture is a mini-VGA port; there’s a dongle included in the box.

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What’s truly stunning, however, is the price: with the SRPs for the basic model starting at just £799, Samsung is clearly trying to make a mark with the Series 7. For that price you get a Core i5-2430M processor, 6GB RAM, a 750GB HDD and integrated Intel HD graphics. Splash out an extra hundred quid, and you can add a dedicated ATI graphics chipset and 8GB RAM to that list. The £999 top-of-the-range model, meanwhile, upps the ante with a quad-core Intel Core i7-2675QM.

Our contacts at Samsung suggested that review units will be doing the rounds in late-September/early-October, so keep your eyes peeled for the full PC Pro review.

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11 Responses to “ Samsung Series 7 review: first look ”

  1. David Wright Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 8:04 am

    The resolution is a little disappointing. I would expect a 1920×1080 on that size screen.

    Is that an option?

    Otherwise, it looks very good.

     
  2. Tony Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Will they never learn? That trackpad will not go unnoticed, and will land them back in the courts again with Apple’s scumbag lawyer set.

     
  3. Podsnap Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Will they never learn? Those Apple trackpads are AWFUL to use!

    Please just give us two buttons.

    I get it, no buttons looks pretty but please give us function over form!

     
  4. David Wright Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    @Podsnap The Apple trackpads are the best I’ve used, but I still prefer a mouse and carry one around with my laptop…

     
  5. Jeff Granger Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Will I be able to connect my projector which has a standard VGA socket?

     
  6. Tim Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    It may only be 1600×900, but it is a step in the right direction. Now all we need are a few more pixels and a 4×3 aspect ratio.

     
  7. Jimbob Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    @Jeff

    It has an adaptor for using a VGA VDU.

     
  8. Arek Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Is really 1600×900 a step in the right direction, given the screen size? I’m not so sure.

     
  9. bigjobby Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    @Podsnap There is no difference between L&R clicks on a Mac trackpad and a conventional Windows laptop. Tap to click on a Mac beats L&R clicking anyway.

     
  10. Chris Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Anti glare screen, thank you Samsung! Finally someone realising not all laptops are just used for watching films. Now, if they could just learn to put the touchpad in the centre, we could have a great laptop. I might not have to give me money to the Devil that is Apple after all…

     
  11. Rachel Smith Says:
    November 16th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    The i7 version appears to be impossible to get in the UK. Only place that looked like getting it was dabs now they have marked it up as discountinued

     

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