Reviewed by MuerteMan (Currently owns)
This is a review for the Samsung Series 7 Chronos with Microsoft Signature that was purchased at the Microsoft Store in San Diego. At the time of purchase the store had 25% off anything over 1k$. The purchase price after tax was just above 900$. I will try to follow the Verge's categories as I explain each score.
Design: Yes it is a Macbook Pro look alike, but I wouldn't dare call it a clone. Full number pad, dark grey color, different aspect ratio screen, and non unibody build all differentiate it. It is, however, in my opinion one of the single best looking laptops on the market. I actually enjoy the color much more than the shiny MBP. The two points it lost were for the build. It is solid, but not as solid as the Macbook.
Keyboard: It is adequate. It is chiclet and it is backlit. Both wonderful things. Again the included numberpad is something I greatly appreciate as a Science/Engineering student. The only reason I did't give it a higher score is like mentioned in the original review, there are a few quirks. The spacebar will register across 99% of hits, but if you hit the very edge it will not register, I never do this though so I can't complain.
Touchpad: On my unit it is the best non Macbook trackpad I have ever used. It is large and seems fairly accurate.
Display: The viewing angles leave something to be desired but its crisp and its matte.
Performance: 2675QM and a 6750m for 900 dollars. Enough said. This thing is amazing for the size and price.
Heat/Fan: The fan can be loud but I have never had any heat issues. I don't mind the fan as I know it is keeping the computer safe.
Battery Life: 7.5 hours left with a quad core a lit keyboard and wifi enabled at the moment. Best I have seen for a laptop this powerful besides possibly the Macbook.
Software: Microsoft signature removes much of the bloat mentioned in the original review. Windows 7 is awesome. I honestly would give it a 9.5 if I could. Other laptops come with stuff I would use bundled such as Adobe Elements etc., but I'd rather have no crapware then some.
Overall: I love this thing. I researched since October or so before making the purchase at the start of this Month. I have no regrets and I just wanted to share this wonderful laptop with everybody else.
- Design 8
- Keyboard 8
- Touchpad 9
- Display 7
- Performance 10
- Heat / noise 8
- Battery life 10
- Software 9