Samsung Series 7 Chronos (15.6-inch)

9.0
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Reviewed by schroederrock (Currently owns)

For a Sandy Bridge machine, the Series 7 is hard to beat. It offers great hardware at fair cost. One thing to note: this machine is much more of a savings than $500 which The Verge claims it is. Since the editors on The Verge seem to know nothing about Apple, I will have to properly inform you of a few price variances and perks to Samsung's product. FIRST: The Series 7 Chronos comes with a matte-finish AND 1600 x 900 resolution. This is an additional $150 expense from Apple with Sandy Bridge MB Pros (not accounted for in the $1800 claimed by the Verge editor). SECOND: Apple machines only come with 4GB of RAM. To get more, you MUST pay $200 (super rip-off) to get to 8GB. The Series 7 can come with 8GB of DDR3 RAM at cheaper than $1300 (saw it for $1249 with 8GB of DDR3 RAM a few months before Ivy Bridge). Third: Apple doesn't use the SSD/HDD hybrid drives, which lends better boot & app launch times. Then look at the 500-750GB storage space allowed on a Mac at the base compared with the 1TB option at $1249... I did a price check between the two machines that made them near identical (without tweaking ANY S7 Chronos specs) and Apple's comparable equivalent was $2199. While I wish the chassis was more metallic, the track pad was a tad bit better with physical clicks, and a 1080p screen resolution was offered, compared to a Macbook Pro the Series 7 is a STEAL of a deal. The battery actually lasts 7+ hours on day-to-day usage, and for a laptop with an i7, that's a nice touch.

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  • Design 8
  • Keyboard 9
  • Touchpad 7
  • Display 9
  • Performance 10
  • Heat / noise 8
  • Battery life 9
  • Software 10
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