Samsung 700Z7CH

The Good The Samsung Series 7 Chronos stands out from the desktop replacement crowd by hiding high-end components, including a quad-core processor, inside a very a slim design.

The Bad Gaming performance could be better and the bottom panel can get very hot.

The Bottom Line A high-end big-screen multimedia laptop that's pretty portable (for a desktop replacement), the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is what we imagine a 17-inch ultrabook would look like.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 8.0
  • Support 7.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Samsung 700Z7CH

We have yet to see any officially branded 17-inch ultrabooks, but I suspect the Samsung Series 7 Chronos 700Z7CH would be an excellent approximation of one. At first glance, at least, this thin desktop replacement seems like it has everything going for it. A new quad-core third-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce 650M graphics, and a body that's just under 1 inch thick.

Samsung lists this model at $1,499, but I've seen it in stores for $1,399, and at that price, if not a steal, then it's at least a pretty good deal, especially as you can't even buy a similarly slim 17-inch MacBook Pro any more (and that system was much more expensive when you could).

My main knocks are the slower 5,400rpm hard drive (but it's still a large one, at 1TB), and the lack of high-end options, such as SSD drives or Blu-ray. The system also got noticeably hot on the back part of the bottom panel, hitting 120 degrees while gaming.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,500
  • Brand Samsung
  • Type 3rd Gen Core i7
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Professional
  • Capacity 750 GB
  • Diagonal Size 17.3 in
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model Samsung Series 7 700Z7CH - 17.3" - Core i7 3615QM - 8 GB RAM - 750 GB HDD

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