Samsung Series 7 (NP700Z5A-S04AU) review: Samsung Series 7 (NP700Z5A-S04AU)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Matte screen. Backlit keyboard. Excellent battery life.

The Bad Sketchy touch pad will frustrate. AMD switchable graphics aren't great.

The Bottom Line Although the Series 7 is set up to be a premium laptop, the sketchy touch pad and choice of AMD graphics holds it back from being truly great. Still, excellent battery life, the matte screen and backlit keyboard may be enough to sell you.

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The Series 7 is rather thin for a 15.6-inch laptop. Not blade thin, but only slightly taller than a MacBook Pro, making it quite manageable.

Pleasingly, it also features a matte screen, something incredibly rare these days. Also rare is that it doesn't have a resolution of 1366x768, opting for a significantly nicer 1600x900.

A backlit keyboard, the use of Elantech's multi-touch touch pad and a slot-loading DVD drive sets it up as a premium laptop — a goal at which the Series 7 mostly delivers.

The touch pad's multi-touch is good and mostly predictable, which is increasingly becoming the case on Windows laptops. It has trouble with the basics, however: we found we needed more pressure than usual when tapping, or the input wouldn't register. There also appeared to be a slight delay in all the actions performed, something that may create a disconnect. Physical clicking was an issue as well, with right-clicks frequently not registering for us.

Inside is a Core i5 2430M @ 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM and a 750GB HDD split into system and data drives. An extra AU$500 will see an upgrade to a Core i7 2675QM processor and 8GB RAM.

Something we're starting to see more of is the presence of on-board flash cache, an attempt to bring boot and resume times down. In this case, Samsung's used a SanDisk 8GB "iSSD". Things certainly improve compared to the standard laptop, but it doesn't reach the boot and resume times of say, Acer's Aspire S3.

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Samsung Series 7 (NP700Z5A-S04AU)

Part Number: CNETSamsung Series 7 (NP700Z5A-S04AU)

Typical Price: $1,499.00

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