Reviews and Problems with Samsung 7 Series Chronos (NP700Z5)
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Samsung Series 7 Chronos 17.3 Review
13 August 2012
Excerpt: The Samsung Series 7 Chronos 17 packs a 2.3GHz 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 Quad-Core processor, 17.3-inch 1080p HD display and impressively long battery life in a surprisingly portable notebook. The Samsung Series 7 is capable of replacing a desktop for many users and is capable of playing many games in addition to video and photo editing.
Pros: Beautiful 1080P HD display, Stylish design & aluminum body, Long battery life.
Cons: Slow hard drive, No full control of key backlight
Conclusion: If you're looking for a desktop-replacement notebook with pleasing aesthetics that you can tote around without too much shoulder strain, put the Samsung Series 7 Chronos at the top of your list.
Summary: The $1,499 Samsung Series 7 Chronos looks great, sounds great, and is pleasantly thin and light for a 17-inch notebook. The quad-core processor combined with Nvidia's 650M graphics give this multimedia notebook plenty of pep, whether you're looking to edit video or play the latest games (though you'll want to stay away from the max settings).
Summary: Chronos optimized. Samsungs 17-inch Chronos wants to eliminate the weaknesses of it's 15.6-inch brother by improving more than just the display. Big surprise: Crystal clear sound using a subwoofer.
Pros: Compact 17-incher, Well marksmanship, Long battery runtime, Big touchpad, Handy power supply, Low noise, Fast HDD, Well gaming performance, Good contrasts, Short boot sequence, Keyboard illumination, Effortless keyboard, Slot-In drive, Clear sound with gravity
Cons: Few connectors, Only RAM accessible, Bendable lid, ClickPad: Little keystroke, Throttling - 90 Watt power supply overchallenged
Excerpt: IT MIGHT SEEM like ultrabooks have overtaken the laptop landscape, what with all the attention they’ve received lately in the press and at CES, but there are still plenty of folks who prefer a more substantial laptop for general-purpose computing. These are the folks Samsung’s Series 7 Chronos is aimed at. Like its ultrabook brethren, which inevitably draw comparisons to the MacBook Air, the Chronos bears a strong resemblance to an Apple product: the MacBook Pro.
Pros: Feature-rich; capable performer; subtly stylish; great battery life.
Cons: Buggy trackpad; poor vertical off-axis on screen.
Excerpt: When it’s time to shop for a new laptop, everybody wants an ultrabook. But few remain quite so excited when they see the often-limited performance and inflated price tags. Samsung’s solution: Jam a standard, 14-inch laptop into what is essentially an ultrabook case, giving you (in theory) the best of both worlds. The 14-inch Series 7 Chronos does look like just another ultrabook.
Conclusion: The Acer Ethos Aspire model's hook is a touch pad that ejects and doubles as a remote control, but its audio left us wanting more, and the system is relatively heavy at 7.3 pounds. Sony's VAIO F Series wins on price, but its design is a little bland, and we weren't thrilled with that model's Webcam quality. Samsung's Series 7 Chronos, however, has excellent audio and Webcam quality, weighs in at just over 5 pounds, and has a striking design.
Pros: Superior display, Strong performance for the price, Comfortable keyboard, Elegant appearance, Good Webcam and sound, Lightweight for the screen size
Cons: Touch pad requires adjusting, Battery is not swappable
Summary: The Samsung Chronos 7 has a strong combination of portability and performance, particularly for a 15.6-inch system. Though its quad-core Core i7 CPU and Radeon 6750 GPU help it outperform the $1,249 HP Envy 15 , we prefer the Envy for its brighter 1080p screen, better Beats audio and snazzier design. The Sony VAIO S also offers a superior screen and a much lighter chassis.
Conclusion: The Samsung Series 7 Chronos offers plenty of power and value. For $1,100 you get the same specs as the 15" MacBook Pro with Apple's resolution upgrade for nearly half the price. In fact, we prefer the Chronos' keyboard backlighting and Windows optimized software (for those of you who are looking for Windows rather than Mac OS X). The Samsung is a bit lighter than the competitors and it's quite thin and highly portable.
Pros: Extreme power and portability, high res matte display, less expensive than competitors.
Cons: Display has narrow viewing angles, keyboard offset is awkward at first.
Samsung heavily draws on the specs and design of the MacBook Pro while shaving off $500
8 December 2011
Summary: Samsung sure knows how to eye the competition, and by competition I mean, Apple. For $500 less than the MacBook Pro ($660 at some retailers this season), the Series 7 has a very good blend of performance, graphics muscle, and battery life. However, we knew there would be sacrifices, and while the Series 7 might come close to closing the gap with the MacBook Pro on performance, it simply isn't as well-built as Apple's machine.
Pros: Crisp, matte display, Can adjust brightness of backlit keyboard, Great performance, Relatively thin for its size
Cons: Build quality could be better, Loud fan noise, No Blu-ray or HD display option, Terrible vertical viewing angles