Back at CES 2012, we got our first glimpse of Samsung's new gaming laptop, the, tucked away at Samsung's booth with little fanfare. That laptop is finally available for purchase, and it features Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors and the latest Nvidia graphics in a package that's competitive with what other gaming PC makers are offering.
The $1,899 fixed-configuration version of the Series 7 Gamer (NP700G7C-S01US) announced by Samsung isn't a tiny machine -- this 17.3-inch laptop weighs 13.34 pounds -- but it's packed with specs. A 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM CPU (slightly slower than the Asus N56V we tested at CNET), Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M graphics with 2GB of DDR5 video memory, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1.5 TB hard drive with 8GB of ExpressCache memory, a Blu-ray drive, and a 1,920x1,080-pixel display are included, which pretty much covers the bases for what you'd expect in a large-scale gaming laptop. By coming in less than $2,000, it remains a more realistic gaming laptop purchase than many through-the-roof alternatives.
The Series 7 Gamer also comes with design tweaks that match the Alienware/Origin set: keyboard backlighting with specific red lights around the W, A, S and D keys, high-end speakers and a built-in subwoofer, and a mode-adjusting dial that's reminiscent of the HP Envy's love of control wheels.
At CES, based on limited hands-on time. Stay tuned when we get one for our full review.