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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is an HDR hybrid that even plays gamesPacked with features, this 15-inch hybrid does a lot, including a software version of HDR video for better movie-viewing.
[MUSIC] Some hybrids are essentially full-time tablets that get a keyboard added on to become a part-time laptop. But potentially more useful is something like the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin which looks and feels like a standard 15-inch laptop, but it has a 360-degree hinge allowing it to fold back into a touchscreen tablet. [MUSIC] Like other 360 degree hinge hybrids, including the popular Lenovo Yoga series, you can stop at a few points along the way such as a kiosk mode or a table tent mode, which puts the display front and center. On this 15 inch version of the Notebook 7 Spin you get a full HD touch screen with an interesting special feature. Samsung has included what it's called an HDR mode, which means high dynamic range. In this case Samsung has created a software HDR filter which when flipped on applies a HDR like effect to any video that you're watching. Honestly, in action the effect is pretty subtle. It's an interesting idea and if you don't like the event on your favorite Netflix show, you can just turn it off. There's one other interesting extra in this model. It's an Nvidia 940M graphics chip. That's not going to make it into a top flight gamer, but I could play some mainstream games in medium settings in full HD resolution. So that makes the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin one of the only game friendly hybrids I've seen.