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Samsung Series 7 Gamer review

£1,440 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Samsung Series 7 Gamer laptop manages to be powerful enough to play the latest games and affordable enough to leave money in your bank account. Read our Samsung Series 7 Gamer review to find out more.

For many PC gamers, owning a powerful laptop that will let them have their fun anywhere is preferable to staying rooted at home with an oversize desktop rig. The Series 7 Gamer is Samsung's answer - but how does it stack up against other high-performance portable laptops?

The Samsung Series 7 Gamer comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 3610QM processor at a stock speed of 2.3GHz, a generous 16GB of RAM, 1.5TB of hard-disk space, a 2-megapixel camera, and a Blu-ray optical drive. (Cheaper, lower-spec versions are available.) See also: Best HIGH-END LAPTOPS.

The Samsung Series 7 Gamer doesn't skimp on connectivity options and ports. It's packed with two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA out, DisplayPort, a multiformat card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, and an RJ45 gigabit ethernet port. As for wireless options, it has Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

In addition, Samsung spared no expense with the graphics hardware, inserting Nvidia's top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 675M graphics card to give this mobile machine real desktop power. On our strenuous graphics tests, which run at ultrahigh settings and 1920 by 1080 resolution, the Series 7 Gamer produced respectable results, running Dirt 3 at an average of 42.2 frames per second and Crysis 2 at an average of 27.7 fps. At those frame rates, the games were very playable and still looked their best.

All of this capable hardware helped the Series 7 Gamer achieve a score of 123 on our WorldBench 7 benchmark suite, which means that it was 23 percent faster than our baseline system. That is a very good score, and the Gamer manages to be powerful while staying at a reasonable price.

One cool feature in the Series 7 Gamer is a dial that allows you to choose a power setting on the fly. The laptop has a total of four modes: Gaming, Balanced, Library, and Eco. The Gaming mode is an all-out power fest, battery life be damned, turbocharging the processor and fans as well as optimizing the audio and video for games. The moment you turn the laptop to Gaming mode, a graphic plays on screen, the background changes, the cursor becomes a bull's-eye, the keyboard glows a bright blue, and the turbo light flashes on.

The Balanced mode is what a default setting may look like, with nothing running to an exorbitant degree. The Library mode keeps the system quiet, automatically muting the sound and turning the fans off. Finally, Eco mode saves power for maximum battery life, adjusting the processor speed and screen accordingly. Although most laptops offer power settings, it is a nice option to have a physical dial for quickly switching them out.

When you're gaming on the go, you might be concerned about how much time you can squeeze out of the Series 7 Gamer before the battery dies out. In our tests it lasted 3 hours, about half an hour longer than other recent high-power laptops. Although that is a reasonable time for a desktop replacement, you will most likely need to keep the power brick close by, and you shouldn't be afraid to shut the machine down; the startup time is a mere 24 seconds. If you want to get more time out of your laptop, consider the MSI GT70, which lasted over 2 hours longer in our tests and sacrifices just a little graphics power.

Of course, a key aspect of mobility is the size and weight of a laptop. Just like other high-performing laptops on the market, this model is fairly heavy, weighing 3.8kg including the large AC power brick. It is also large, measuring 410x285x50mm. The size allows for a nice high-definition screen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080, perfect for games and movies. Be sure to find a good, supportive carrying bag if you wish to take gaming power wherever you go.

Despite its large size, the Series 7 Gamer manages to stay sleek without sacrificing any physical features, such as a number pad. The smooth touchpad is roomy, and more important, very responsive. The keyboard is backlit, and when the machine is in Gamer mode, the WASD keys--the keys that PC gamers most frequently use--are outlined and red, just to accentuate their importance. Touch-sensitive volume, mute, Wi-Fi, and brightness controls sit at the top of the keyboard.

Samsung Series 7 Gamer Expert Verdict »

Samsung Series 7 Gamer 700G7A-S02UK reviews verified by Reevoo

Samsung Series 7 Gamer 700G7A-S02UKScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Intel Core i7 3610QM/2.3GHz, Quad-Core
L3 - 6MB cache
Mobile Intel HM76 Express
16GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1333MHz
1.5TB HDD (8GB flash)/7200rpm, Serial ATA-300
17.3in LED backlight 1920x1080 (FullHD)
SuperBright, glossy
2 Megapixel webcam
Stereo speakers, subwoofer, microphone
High Definition Audio, Dolby Home Theater v4
Keyboard, touchpad
802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0
Gigabit Ethernet
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
8-cell Lithium Ion, 5900 mAh battery
VGA HDMI Headphone output Microphone input 2 x USB 2.0 2 x USB 3.0 LAN DisplayPort
7 in 1 (SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card, MMCplus, SDHC Memory Card)
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Overall the Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a great choice for anyone who needs the best hardware on the go. Though you can find other portable systems that top it in benchmarks, this model manages to stay in an affordable price range. The power and style of the Series 7 Gamer will impress game fans and casual computer users alike. If you are looking to invest in a reasonably priced gaming laptop, look no further.

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