The Good The Samsung Series 7 all-in-one offers a unique design and easy-to-use touch software for a reasonable price.
The Bad Samsung has decided to steer clear of the performance crowd, and it shows. We also wish this system had a Blu-ray drive like others in its price range.
The Bottom Line Samsung has captured our attention, and our Editors' Choice Award, in its U.S. desktop debut, and we expect the Series 7 all-in-one PC will attract many mainstream customers with its appealing looks and accessible touch interface.
Samsung Series 7 All-in-One
Samsung is a new player in the U.S. all-in-one desktop market, and its first effort, the Series 7, shows what can happen when an experienced consumer electronics vendor brings fresh eyes to a product category. The striking Series 7 all-in-one has a unique appearance as well as a strong assortment of common-sense touch software and general usability features. Samsung is not targeting performance-driven customers with this system, but with its reasonable $1,199 price tag, the Samsung Series 7 provides the most accessible, family-friendly touch experience we've seen to date.
We found ourselves immediately struck by the Samsung's design, which is nearly perfect. The crisp, angular brushed aluminum lining the sides of the display and forming the majority of the lower body suggests that Samsung was determined to give the Series 7 a clean appearance. Uniformly aligned ports on the back of the case, the slot-loading optical drive, and the touch capacitive buttons on the protruding edge all work to maintain the look.
The system is so clean-looking that the two most significant design missteps, however minor, stand out. The protruding optical drive, for one, interrupts the plane of the front panel, and makes for awkward placement of the mouse and keyboard. When you lay the screen down flat--have we mentioned that the screen folds back a full 90 degrees?--both the optical drive and the placement of the hinge are arranged such that the screen feels out of alignment with the base unit.
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