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Samsung Series 7 700Z - Screen and Specifications

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Getting to the Samsung Series 7 700Z's 15.6in screen, it doesn't quite manage to emulate the superb viewing angles or ridiculously high brightness of the Series 9 13.3in effort, but in every other regard it's top of the TN class. To begin with, there's its 1,600 x 900 resolution, which is higher than most rivals' 1,366 x 768 (though some high-end 15in laptops tend to cram in Full HD panels). In our brief hands-on time we didn't spot any backlighting issues or artefacts, and we found it to be reasonably responsive.

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Best of all as far as panel quality goes, black levels were excellent, with deep blacks along relatively pure whites and good dark detailing. The icing on the cake is that Samsung has a new policy of making all its laptop screens matt, a decision we can't help but applaud heartily. Likewise on the incredibly narrow bezel (by laptop standards), which lends the Series 7 a more compact profile compared to rivals with similar screen sizes.

Specifications-wise, the £799 base model comes with a Core i5-2430M backed by 6GB or RAM, a 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive and Intel's integrated graphics. If you do want a little more graphics grunt, the £899 and £999 configs come with dedicated AMD Radeon cards while upping the RAM to 8GB and, in the case of the flagship model, a quad-core Core i7-2675QM. That's some serious power.

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If you're disappointed by the lack of SSD, there's some consolation in Samsung's use of Express Cache. This is a mixture of fine-tuned software and an 8GB SSD that's built into the motherboard, in a pre-caching setup that's similar to that used on Seagate's hybrid drive – except here the SSD memory isn't built into the drive, so you can upgrade to a larger model yourself without losing the extra speed. Brilliant!

As a result of Express Cache, boot-up times are significantly reduced and frequently-used apps will run faster. Though our startup test on the early preview sample we saw took just under 30 seconds (compared to an estimated boot time of 35 seconds with a regular hard drive), Samsung are hoping to get this down to under 20 seconds by launch.

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Last but not least, with eight-cell batteries across the models, battery life should hold up well too. To be quite frank, we're very excited about the potential of this machine and indeed the Series 7 family overall, especially since they don't demand a huge premium. They have all the elements in place to hold their own against established rivals like the Dell XPS 15z and then some, and we can't wait to get one in for a comprehensive review.

costa

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?

finklemiss

September 1, 2011, 4:56 pm

Like it but is it noisy?

interestedineverything

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.

interestedineverything

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.

Klas2k

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...

/K

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