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May 21, 2012
- Beautiful 17.3-inch 1080p HD display
- Comfortable keyboard & touchpad
- USB 3.0, Bluetooth & Blu-ray
- Fastest performing laptop we've seen
Samsung's Series 7 Gamer takes a new third-gen Ivy Bridge processor, updated NVIDIA graphics and a beautiful 17.3-inch full HD display and makes one powerful gaming laptop. While not only for gaming, this laptop is a definite desktop replacement powerhouse that delivers the best performance we've seen from a laptop, earning it a rare perfect score in our books.
Gaming laptops seemed to be making a little bit of a comeback, especially with Intel's latest line of Ivy Bridge CPUs that bring a whole new level of performance. Last week we reviewed with ASUS G75VW-DS71, which is another gaming-focused laptop that also has an Ivy Bridge Core i7 CPU, 12GB of RAM and NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 660M. We were mostly happy with this laptop, but for some reason the benchmark performance was lesser than we expected although real-use performance was great. Another gaming laptop that we've recently reviewed is the MSI GT70, which is also very similar but has slightly less RAM and graphics than the Samsung model.
The design of the Samsung Series 7 Gamer laptop has a brushed metal design with a black painted edge that make it seem like it has been burnt around the edges. The lid, however, has a glossy coating which shows fingerprints extremely easily. It measures 16.1 x 11.2 x 2.0-inches (wdh) and weighs 8.4-pounds. In comparison to the ASUS G75VW, it is slightly smaller and a tad lighter.
Samsung includes a SuperBright Plus 17.3-inch display that has full 1080p HD resolution. The screen has very high brightness and wide viewing angles. The ASUS comparison laptop had a slightly dimmer display overall, but nothing terrible.
The full size keyboard and number pad are well-designed with adequately sized and placed keys. Both are also backlit and controlled via a Mode dial at the laptop's upper right corner. When the dial is in Balanced mode, the keys have a blue glow. When in Game mode, the WASD keys turn bright red with everything else blue. The keyboard was comfortable to type on and exhibited little to no flex.
The 4.0 x 3.8-inch multitouch touchpad was very comfortable to use and has an almost frictionless surface that allows for accurate, responsive mouse movements. Multitouch gestures, like pinch to zoom, worked smoothly and without any glitches.
As this laptop is technically considered a desktop replacement, it has a wide array of ports. There are two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, the usual audio ports and a 7-in-1 memory card reader. There is also 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Intel Wi-Di (wireless display) and a Blu-ray & DVD+/-RW combo optical disc drive. The ASUS G75VW offers the same selection, except for two additional USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt port for future high-speed peripherals, like an external hard drive. Both have a Blu-ray drive and Bluetooth.
The internal specifications of the Samsung Series 7 Gamer includes a third-generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz) CPU, 16GB of RAM, dual 750GB 7200RPM hard drives and NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 675M graphics with 2GB of dedicated video memory. When compared to the similar ASUS gaming laptop we've been mentioning, they both have the same CPU, but this Samsung laptop has 4GB more RAM and slightly better graphics.
Performance with the Samsung Series 7 Gamer is exactly as expected: fantastic! It earned a PCMark 7 score of 3,602, which is much higher than both the ASUS comparison model and the category average. This is definitely the fastest laptop that we've tested at TechReviewSource so far. Gaming performance with 3D games at their maximum graphics setting was outstanding, so this laptop definitely does what it is designed to do.
Battery life with this laptop came in at about 3.5-hours, which is about 30-minutes longer than the ASUS comparison laptop and most other gamer laptops.