Samsung Series 7 Ultra NP740U3E video review



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The Samsung Series 7 Ultra Touchscreen Ultrabook is an interesting laptop. At 1.65kg and 23.5mm it's thin and light - not quite so thin and light as Samsung's Series 9 laptops or a MacBook Air, but light enough for you to use it on the move. What makes it interesting, however, is it has a dedicated AMD Radoen HD 8750M graphics card, rather than the puny integrated kind found in most laptops this size. This gives it enough grunt to play most recent PC games with reasonable settings, which is a useful thing in a laptop that weighs as little as this. It's a good looking laptop, too, with a comfortable keyboard and touchpad. Its 13.3-inch screen has a full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution that'll be the envy of MacBook Air owners everywhere. It's a touchscreen, too, which is good news for Windows 8 fans, though the screen wobbles a little when touched. A 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 6GB of RAM are ample of everyday computing and lot more besides, and the 128GB SSD ensures apps load quickly and boot times are kept to a minimum. Connections include three USB ports, and SD card slot, HDMI and Ethernet - the latter of which is hidden inside a flap. There's no DVD or Blu-ray drive, but it's an acceptable compromise given this laptop's size. Battery life is good but a little short of great. The Series 7 lasted five hours and 53 minutes in our Powermark benchmark, which should be enough for most people but falls way short of the new 10 hours plus benchmark set by the new 13-inch MacBook Air. It's a little slow to charge in comparison, too, as a 30-minute charge added just 20%, enough for around and hour and 10 minutes. The MacBook Air charged to 40% in the same time, which was enough for nearly four hours of use. This doesn't stop us recommending, though. If you want a slim, light laptop that also plays games, we can't think of a better alternative.

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June 25, 2013, 3:32 pm

No reviews seem to pick up on the fact that only Apple designs their laptops with a smooth underside, so they are suitable using in bed etc.. Everyone else puts their laptop's vents there, making them unusable on a duvet or other soft surface. It's the sort of detail that doesn't occur when comparing specs on the web, but makes a potentially big difference to usability (and laptop life).


June 25, 2013, 5:00 pm

I agree. Although I'm not an Apple fan, I am surprised nobody else in putting their cooling vents in the screen hinge like Apple.


June 25, 2013, 5:02 pm

So is this an Ivy Bridge or a Haswell machine?


June 25, 2013, 6:50 pm

No mention of Haswell, I was nearly sold until the screen size, why is it that every manufacturer is obsessed with 13 inch screens !

I understand the necessity for portability , but what about those of us that want the portability but would actually like a screen you can do proper work on at journeys end, I am not an Apple fan but with every machine that is produced lately, under powered, over priced, Apple is becoming more of a viable option.


June 25, 2013, 8:30 pm

I cannot find the 8750m version anywhere - they all seem to be 8570m - quite a step down


June 26, 2013, 9:34 am

I don't understand your problem: this is an ultraportable machine, and 13" is the sweet spot for most people. That doesn't take away the fact that there are both 15 and 17" solutions available all over at less than apple's crazy £1500 minimum asked price (for a 5400rpm equipped machine even).


June 26, 2013, 12:31 pm

Thanks for the comment, I understand that there re both 15 and 17 inch variants available, my point was pointing to the fact I like this machine but would love it in either one of the aforementioned guise's, if you have a product number for the featured model in either 15 or 17 inch I would appreciate your forwarding me the details, I have just purchased a Chronos 7 Notebook1TB NP7705ZE i7 15.6", I am not sure if this is a top machine but it is one that stood out for me, but I would also like to purchase a second machine and the model that appeals is the one featured here, but as I have said, not with a 13" screen.
Many Thanks.


June 26, 2013, 2:37 pm

Actually, the Series 7 Ultra DOES have cooling vents in its hinge :)


June 26, 2013, 2:38 pm

Might this be what you're after: http://www.trustedreviews.c... ?


June 27, 2013, 3:43 pm

Yes, and all over the bottom too, which was my point.


June 27, 2013, 5:15 pm

In fact Samsung's own website only seems to list the 8570m which appears to be only half as fast in terms of FPS - so this is a very different proposition - is there actually a version with 8750m or is this a typo?


June 27, 2013, 7:19 pm

Looking at the photos, I'd hardly call that an ultrabook, it's way too thick.


July 1, 2013, 3:09 pm

There are a few exceptions, such as my Lenovo U300s, which has a flat bottom and vents through the keyboard (It runs cooler and quiter than my 2013 MBA too), but other than that I totally agree.

Jordan Nicholas Clarke

July 2, 2013, 11:48 am

makes it unusable?? are you having a laugh?


July 3, 2013, 1:06 pm

Try using it on a soft surface, and let me know how you get on.

Adrian Schofield

July 8, 2013, 11:28 am

I don't know about anyone else but I'm confused. The review states repeatedly that the dedicated graphics is a Radeon 8750M however the specs here state a 8570M.

The processor is stated as an i5 3337U - this is a third generation core and so NOT Haswell. This is fine it's just it was asked and it would be good to point out in the review for the technically minded.

The price? I can see costs as low as £699 (John Lewis) all the way up to £1000+ (Amazon) This seems odd to me for a laptop that is a standard spec and so can't be configured. By the way all these devices say 8570M for the dedicated graphics.
So either I've missed something or maybe Samsung is bringing out a revision with the 8750M.

Feedback from you guys would really help as I love the site and use your reviews to decide what gadgets to buy but in this case you've left me very confused.

Williams Agbeviakoh

July 17, 2013, 11:56 pm

My dream laptop


July 30, 2013, 7:11 pm

The Sony Vaio Pro also have the fans on the hinges...


July 31, 2013, 2:25 pm

The just-released 11"/13" ones? Fair enough, though even they still have a side vent, which is almost as easy to block with a duvet.

Valerie Francis

August 6, 2013, 9:51 am

Does anyone know if the Samsung series 7 has a built in surge protector?

carlos lobao

September 11, 2013, 6:41 pm

WHAT?! Apple designs laptops suitable for using in bed? Only if you live in Siberia!!!

Stuart Lee Friedman

May 2, 2014, 6:06 pm

This had the right combination of graphics performance, form factor, etc - but seems to have been dropped by Samsung just a few months since this review, and I can't fond it anywhere. Any similar products/suggestions?

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