Samsung Series 7 (15-inch) review: Samsung Series 7 (15-inch)

AMD Radeon 6750M graphics offer a satisfying level of gaming power: Street Fighter IV ran at 53 frames per second at native resolution, while Metro 2033, a far more demanding game, ran at 11.3 frames per second at native resolution and high graphics settings. Dialing down graphics settings or playing at 1,366x768 pixels should help most games be very playable. I'd call this laptop gaming-friendly, but wouldn't call it a gamer's laptop.

Juice box
Samsung Series 7 Chronos 700Z5A-S03 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.34
Sleep (10 percent) 0.72
Idle (25 percent) 11.38
Load (5 percent) 56.55
Raw kWh 52.11
Annual energy cost $5.91

Annual power consumption cost
Dell XPS 15Z
$4.62 
Samsung Series 7 700Z5A-S03
$5.91 

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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The integrated battery lasted 6 hours and 31 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. That's an excellent score, especially with onboard dedicated graphics. It's only about 20 minutes less than the battery life of the fall 2011 MacBook Pro, the current leader in the field. I'd consider buying this Samsung based on the battery score alone.

A one-year standard warranty is included with the Samsung Series 7 Chronos 700Z5A-S03. Samsung's support Web site offers a clear pull-down menu for bringing up your relevant laptop model, and commonly asked questions and driver/manual downloads are easily accessible. Samsung's 1-800 service number is also prominently displayed, which isn't always the case on support pages.

The Samsung Series 7 Chronos is Samsung's take on the over-$1,000, high-end 15-inch laptop. It's expensive, but no more so than similar premium alternatives from Sony, Dell, and Apple. Excellent battery life and plenty of features make it worth the investment, especially if you care about having a top-notch keyboard and matte screen. The finicky touch pad and lack of Blu-ray, however, keep us from recommending it unconditionally.

System configurations

Samsung Series 7 700Z5A-S03
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.2GHz Intel i7-2675QM; 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6750M / 1GB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Alienware M14x
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-2820M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 3GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 720GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Dell XPS 15z
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 525M / 64MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Fall 2011)
OS X 10.7.2 Lion; 2.2GHz Intel Core i7; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6850M / 384MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite P775-S7320
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-2670QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB Intel HD 3000; 750GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Samsung Series 7 (15-inch)

Part Number: CNET-Samsung-Series-7-15-in

MSRP: $1,299.00

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Color silver
  • Weight 5.1 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor AMD Radeon HD 6490M - 512 MB GDDR5 SDRAM
  • CPU Intel Core i7 (2nd Gen) 2675QM / 2.2 GHz
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