Samsung Series 7 Chronos (15.6-inch)

Verge Review

When it comes to phones and tablets, Samsung and Apple’s battle is no secret. Take a look at this commercial or peruse the back-and-forth litigation and you’ll get a fine look at how fierce the fight has become. However, in the fight for laptop supremacy, Samsung’s played it relatively safe, avoiding engagement by keeping to its own designs and direction. Until the Series 7 Chronos, that is. Just one glance at the 15.6-inch laptop reveals that Samsung’s more than jotted down a few...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Mainstream
Thickness 0.94 inches
Weight 5.05 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model Radeon HD 6490M
The Verge Battery Test 4 hours 24 minutes

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias Chronos , NP700Z5AH

Hardware

Laptop type Mainstream
Width 14.26 inches
Depth 9.39 inches
Thickness 0.94 inches
Weight 5.05 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
Display surface Matte
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1600 px
Resolution (Y) 900 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad Yes

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes
Multitouch points 2

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7 2675QM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.2 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.1 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand AMD
Integrated GPU model Radeon HD 6490M
Dedicated VRAM size 1 GB

Memory

Base RAM size 6 GB
Max. config RAM size 8 GB
RAM slots 2

Storage

Options HDD (7200RPM)
Base drive type HDD (7200RPM)
Base drive capacity 750 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD, MMC

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Effective pixels 1.3 megapixels

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 1
USB 3.0 2
Ethernet 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 3.0 + HS

Security

Trusted platform module Yes

Battery

Size 8 cell
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Quoted time 9 hr

Benchmarks

PCMarkVantage 7620
3DMarkVantage (GPU) 5802
3DMarkVantage (IGP) 1901
3DMark06 (GPU) 9849
Just Cause 2 9849
The Verge Battery Test 4 hours 24 minutes

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8.8

Average User Review

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  • Performance 10
  • Heat / noise 8
  • Battery life 9
  • Software 9

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  • 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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    Reviewed by thehun69 (Currently owns)

    This is my first notebook, but I did a research for over a year to finally settle down on this model.[NP700z5A-S04US], based on price specs and design.
    Design: I simply love it, it has that Ultrabook look to it it just a bit thicker. Pretty good built quality overall, and it's not that heavy for it's size.
    Keyboard: Fairly cushy, the lay out is a bit different then my desktop one but one can get used to it quickly, it also a back lit, one of my criteria for this purchase.
    Touch pad: I honestly have no major issues with this, like many online reviews complaining about it. The fact that it's a click pad is plus for me since it leaves more surface room for gestures. I never click anyway, I tap or two finger tap for right click, works like a champ.
    Display: This is the only major issue I have with this ,and potentially for many other laptops. The resolution is good, but contrast, black level, and color reproduction is just pathetic for this price level. Viewing angle is marginal as well.On the positive note it's matte screen won't reflect much, and it's top brightness is good enough for outside viewing.Works great with external monitors via HDMI, none of the color or contrast issues are present there.
    Performance: This thing is quick, granted I'm not a gamer, or use this for very taxing application, but I wanted a top notch hardware since I probably won't replace this for a few years.It did have a problem with hi rez videos when on battery, but a driver update, and some my power option tweaking seemed to eliminated it.
    Heat/Noise: None of it is an issue on battery, when plugged in it can get noisy depending what's being run.
    Battery life:: Since I have no previous experience I can only say it's on level of what being reported by other users and review sites, which is quiet good it seems.
    Software: It has some bloatware, which isn't a big deal to remove, and some are quiet useful, like "quick setting".

    Final words: All in all I'm quiet satisfied, while I'm really disappointed with the screen, I can live with it. I purchased this as a desktop replacement if and when that thing dies [6 year old HP], till then it's my portable secondary device at home, or I take it with me to watch a film on the road [my job allows this ;)]
    I would buy this again.

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    Reviewed by sonelone (Currently owns)

    This is a great laptop and for the price, you can't get anything better. The performance is excellent and battery life is great. The only problems I have with it are the noise and the terrible vertical viewing angles. I would give this between a 9 and 10 because of the great value. I can play BF3 on low setting very smoothly.

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    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.

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