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Samsung Series 7 700Z (700Z3A)

Ardjuna Seghers



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Key Features

  • Sturdy, brushed aluminium chassis
  • 15.6in, 1600x900 screen with narrow bezel
  • Up to quad-core Core i7 & 8GB of RAM
  • Dedicated Radeon graphics, backlit keyboard, USB 3.0
  • 750GB, 7200rpm HDD with 8GB Express Cache SSD
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £799.00

We've had an extensive play with Samsung's brand-new Series 7 laptops, and they are – in a word – impressive. From their narrow bezels that allow nearly an extra inch of visible screen compared to similarly-sized rivals, to their higher-than-usual resolution, metal chassis, generous specs and backlit keyboards – not to mention an 8GB micro SSD with concomitant software to speed up hard drive access and app loading – you're getting an awful lot for your money here.

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From our initial impressions, the Series 7 are being posited as the MacBook Pros of the Windows PC world, but without the associated high prices you might expect. Though there will be a 13.3in model down the line, the initial launch unit is a 15.6in affair, so let's find out how it holds up.

First of all, there's its note-worthy design. With stunners like the Series 9 under its belt, the Korean company is no stranger to classy design, but the style and build on show here are remarkable considering the cheap entry price.

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The Series 7 comes with an all-aluminium brushed metal exterior, that gives a unibody impression and is actually somewhat reminiscent [cough] of certain Apple products. Unlike the Series 9 it's not glossy, thus preventing it being the fingerprint magnet that laptop was. It's classy, premium and high-end, and its tight lines give it a streamlined appearance.

As you might expect, build quality feels great all-round. The only part of the chassis that's conspicuously not metal is the palm-rest, which is faux metal plastic. Samsung claims this decision was made to keep the weight down, and it also ensures your palms never have to rest on a cold surface.

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Though it's all kept very discrete, Samsung hasn't skimped on the connectivity either. On the left you get twin USB 3.0 ports, a 'slim' Gigabit Ethernet port (with pull-out flap as is found on many recent ultraportables like the Sony VAIO Z, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combi port and both HDMI and VGA for video. The VGA port is a tiny micro-HDMI-like affair that requires the included adapter, and we're happy with this compromise as it keeps the laptop pretty while causing little inconvenience to users of the dying


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On the right you'll find a USB 2 port and slot-loading optical drive, which is a DVD writer rather than Blu-ray – the first and only obvious concession to the Series 7 line's affordability.

When it comes to usability, the chiclet keyboard with its black keys holds up very well. Layout is good, and the keys are nicely shaped and spaced. Key action is firm with adequate travel, and there's not even a hint of flex. Best of all, the entire keyboard is backlit, making it great to use in the dark.

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The touchpad, meanwhile, looks and feels almost exactly like Apple's equivalent, which is a good thing. We called it the best touchpad we had used on the Series 9, and that hasn't changed here. The single sheet of frosted glass is lovely to touch, with your finger gliding along smoothly without feeling slippery. The 'buttons' integrated into the touch-sensitive area work well and the pad doesn't interfere with typing.


September 1, 2011, 5:30 am

now was that so hard to do?
Since the beginning of this year I am looking for a new notebook with:
-a Sandy Bridge 4 core
-a fast enough dedicated graphic card to do some gaming
- a backlit keyboard for work in low light
- a bright non reflective screen for work outside.
- a bearable design
. and a non out of the world price

It seems I found my new notebook finally

Harry Fowler

September 1, 2011, 2:16 pm

Here we go, another Windows laptop trying to be an Apple Mac. Why doesn't any of these manufacturers come out with something drastically game-changing like Apple have for the last 20 years? Instead of trying to copy designs and features from them. They're never going to compete with an Apple Mac, so why try and live in their shadow?


September 1, 2011, 4:56 pm

Like it but is it noisy?


September 12, 2011, 12:06 am

Good job I opened Trusted Reviews and thank you for the review. I was about to order a particular samsung laptop and had to question PCWorld why there was but one in stock in a thirty mile radius of Nottingham - and unavailable to order even though still listed on samsung website. No need to bother now, as will await this model for a look. Which, incidentally, I can find no mention of on samsung's website.


November 12, 2011, 2:28 am

It appears (excuse my hesitation as I am expecting a reply) that the PC World / Currys / Dixon Group are now advertising all three models online. An enquiry at their Mansfield, Notts; UK branch proved no instore availability as of last week, nor had they heard of it.

Their websites, however, were, by then, show all three Series 7 laptops at a discounted price. And selling out fast it seems.

Unfortunately, it again seems, the previous pricing dates ('...between 17/9/11 and 24/10/11') appear to predate the model's release.

I await the group's reply which I will post in due course.


May 6, 2013, 5:11 pm

I bought this computer via work about 6 months ago and are very pleased!
Best feature: The keyboard, including touch, layout, backlit etc !!
Less good feature: Only 2 USb and a dongle needed for VGA output. However ethernet actualis is a fold-out type and does not require dongle...


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