Samsung Series 7 All-in-One review: Samsung Series 7 All-in-One

Compared with recent all-in-ones such as the HP TouchSmart 520 and Lenovo IdeaCentre B520, the Samsung Series 7 for the most part offers the value we expect for its price. The primary sacrifices are that is has a Core i5 CPU, only a 1TB hard drive, no discrete graphics card, and only a standard-definition DVD burner instead of a Blu-ray drive. The absent Blu-ray drive hurts the most since we've seen Blu-ray in plenty of sub-$1,000 all-in-ones. Otherwise, the Series 7 is fairly priced, particularly when you consider its unique, attractive design and excellent touch software.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Multimedia multitasking (in seconds)
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Lenovo IdeaCentre B520 (Core i7-2600, summer 2011)
277 
Samsung Series 7 (Core i5-2390T, fall 2011)
404 

Cinebench 11.5 score
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Rendering single CPU  

Our performance tests back up Samsung's assertion that it isn't pursuing power users with this PC. Coming in at or near the bottom of all of our performance tests relative to other all-in-ones in its price range, the Series 7 can only claim competent performance. We felt no performance lag in our general interactions with the system, but we wouldn't recommend it for gaming or more difficult multimedia editing, particularly with HD video.

We mentioned our appreciation of the fact that Samsung extended its clean design to the ports on the back of the system. The selection of ports hits the important notes, but some might wish for more variety. The highlights include HDMI input and output jacks, which give you the flexibility to add an extra display and external video devices. You also get USB 2.0 jacks, and a single USB 3.0 input on the right side, which represent the only standard data jacks. A pair of analog audio ports on the left edge of the case should serve most people, but a few of you might also wish for a digital audio output.

Juice box
Samsung Series 7 all-in-one Average watts per hour
Off (watts) 0.43
Sleep (watts) 1.11
Idle (watts) 37.39
Load (watts) 77.88
Raw (annual kWh) 151.32
Energy Star-compliant Yes
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $17.17

Samsung's power consumption falls in line with its performance relative to its competition. That's all we really ask in terms of power efficiency.

Samsung backs the Series 7 with a one-year parts and labor warranty, and a toll-free number is open 24-7 to take calls. Samsung's Web site also offers basic support features, like drivers, manuals, and other resources. We also credit Samsung with very well-done software on the system itself. One program, Easy Settings, gathers typical Windows setting for wireless networking, screensaver, and other toggles in one simple place. Easy Software Manager does the same for driver files and included applications, including managing updates. Easy Support Center is another included app that gives you a one-stop location for basic on-system trouble-shooting. Other vendors have similar apps, but they can't beat the ones provided here for ease of use or comprehensiveness.

Conclusion
Samsung has made an all-around impressive U.S. desktop debut with the Series 7 all-in-one. Unlike so many all-in-one vendors out there (Acer and Toshiba, we're looking at you), Samsung has pushed beyond the standard, unimaginative features we're used to seeing and demonstrated an understanding of what makes an all-in-one easy and fun to use, and a willingness to push the boundaries of design. We'd be interested to see what would happen if Samsung also decided to go after performance users, but the Series 7 should win many fans in the mainstream-PC crowd.

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System configurations:

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (2.5GHz, summer 2011)
Apple OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7; 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2400; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card; 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive

HP TouchSmart 520
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-2600s; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6450A graphics card; 2TB 5,400rpm hard drive

HP TouchSmart 610q 1065qd
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB AMD Radeon HD 5570; 1TB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive

Lenovo IdeaCentre B520
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555 graphics card; 2TB 7,200rpm hard drive

Samsung Series 7 All-in-One
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-2390T; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB Intel HD Graphics 1000 embedded graphics; 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive

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Samsung Series 7 All-in-One (Intel Core i3)

Part Number: DP700A3B-A01US Released: Oct 1, 2011
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  • Release date Oct 1, 2011
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology
  • OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 6 GB / 8 GB (max)
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