Conclusion: While the Series 7 is a great Ultrabook, and one of the best we’ve seen, its hardware is flagging in comparison to Apple’s latest MacBook. The screen, though, is magnificent, and deserves the sort of round-the-block queues usually reserved for Cupertino’s latest. That alone isn’t enough, though, and for now the MacBook Air is safe at the top of our laptops Top 10 .
Conclusion: You're obliged to pay a slight premium for the Samsung's sleek design and HDTV-caliber screen, but that arrangement will be perfectly acceptable to many buyers who are seeking an all-in-one PC for a room in their home that is not a back office.
Conclusion: We’re able to appreciate the laptop’s incredible hardware in spite of its design shortcomings. This isn’t just a gaming machine; it’s also a portable workstation, a multi-media powerhouse, and a capable desktop replacement. The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is the only computer you’d ever need. Portability excluded, of course.
Pros: Pleasing keyboard and touchpad, The best laptop display we’ve ever tested, Quick, well-rounded performance, Affordable (for a gaming laptop)
Cons: Gaudy exterior, Average build quality, Subpar connectivity, Poor battery life
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: And while typing, the cursor would occasionally find its way to some random point in the document. Sadly, these issues are not uncommon to trackpads, but they have the ability to tarnish the user’s experience. A function key on the Chronos lets you disable the trackpad in favor of a mouse. All in all, the Series 7 Chronos offers a well-rounded package for mainstream use at a reasonable price.
Pros: Feature-rich; capable performer; subtly stylish; great battery life.
Cons: Buggy trackpad; poor vertical off-axis on screen.
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: When it comes to phones and tablets, Samsung and Apple’s battle is no secret. Take a look at this commercial or peruse the back-and-forth litigation and you’ll get a fine look at how fierce the fight has become. However, in the fight for laptop supremacy, Samsung’s played it relatively safe, avoiding engagement by keeping to its own designs and direction. Until the Series 7 Chronos, that is.
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
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
Pros: Strong graphics performance, Fast boot time, Long battery life, Solid audio
Cons: Relatively dim screen, Uncomfortable palmrest