Samsung Series 7 Chronos Review
Samsung Series 7 Chronos is quite similar to Apple MacBook Pro with regards to design, power, and specs. In fact, this Samsung laptop is the closest to the Apple machine. Both laptops are quite similar in terms of battery life to but the Korean manufacturer has priced their product $400 less than the Apple’s 15 inch counterpart.
Samsung first brought out the Series 9 laptops and Series 3 followed that. This manufacturer has decided to bifurcate their different class of laptops by serial numbers. Series 7 line laptops are between the Series 3 (which are budget ones) and Series 7 (which are high end Ultrabooks). The Samsung Series 7 Chronos laptop that I got is quite similar to the MacBook Pro in every respect.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos Design :
Samsung Series 7 Chronos comes with a clean, aluminum design and hence this laptop looks the same as that of Apple MacBook Pro which has been around since 2008. Also, this laptop looks quite similar to Samsung’s own QX series. The design is industrial style and it is quite appealing.
The design of the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is unibody and still there are some seams on the edges. The edge connections have some flex which isn’t unexpected in an upmarket product like this. Weight of this laptop is just 2.3 kgs which makes it less bulky than the Sony VAIO SE and Pro.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos Display :
Samsung Series 7 Chronos has a bright and big 15.6 inches display. The display is matte which isn’t seen in laptop these days. The resolution is a bit big with 1,600×900 pixels. Due to this, there isn’t a lot of glare. While watching videos, photos, or while playing games, the picture will look a bit dull but other than that, the result is good. You will have to view this screen straight, off angle viewing will reduce the quality.
Samsung 7 Chronos Specs :
Series 7 comes with Intel quad core i7 chip, 1 GB AMD Radeon GPU, backlit keyboard, aluminum sharp design, big multi touch click pad, and slot loading DVD optical drive. All of this is present in the 15 inches MacBook Pro as well. Battery life too is the same and hence, the lower price point of the Samsung laptop will lure a lot of buyers.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos Keyboard :
Samsung Series 7 Chronos comes with a island styled raise keyboard and there is a number pad too. The palm rest is recessed and hence the buttons come up a bit flushed. Keyboard keys are quite striking here and this isn’t seen in a lot of laptops these days. There are glowing letters and sides glow with white blue shade. The design is quite clean and I was able to type for a long time very comfortably. You will need to press the Fn button for accessing the screen brightness and volume. The manufacturer could have reversed the functions for better accessibility.
Series 7 Chronos Clickpad :
Clickpad of the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is quite clean but it could have been executed in a better way. Clickpad is a bit off-center due to number pad and there is a narrow area for palm rest created due to this. Pad too isn’t as good as that on the Apple’s laptop. I touched the surface but the pad didn’t respond fast. 2 finger scrolling could have been better.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos Speakers :
There are stereo speakers having grilles and they are tucked inside center lid hinge. The volume level is quite good and things are clear enough for playing music. The quality is similar to what you get on MacBook Pro and Vaio SE.
Series 7 Chronos Webcam :
Samsung Series 7 Chronos comes with 1,280×1,024 HD Webcam and it is bundled along with CyberLink YouCam software. Quality of camera is better than what you get on average laptops but I have seen better on higher end laptops like the Dell XPS.
Samsung 7 Chronos Ports and Connections :
The collection of features and ports isn’t surprising on Samsung Series 7 Chronos. They are the same as that on the other mid-sized laptops – you get HDMI, Bluetooth, and USB 3.0. Left side has Ethernet port which is compressed and pulling down a tiny tab will expand it to full size. The standard VGA port is replaced with mini video port which connects to a bundled dongle.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos Performance :
Samsung Series 7 Chronos comes with 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor 2675QM and it is pretty similar to what you get on Sony Vaio F236FM, Toshiba Satellite P775-S7320, and MacBook Pro 15 inches. Performance is fast and this laptop was faster than Toshiba but Sony Vaio was a bit faster. However, in terms of single task bench marks, all the three gave me similar results. The quad core chip really shines when there are tasks which need more than one core at a time. The extra power will be handy for gaming and other such things.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos Gaming :
Samsung Series 7 Chronos comes with AMD Radeon 6750 GPU which gives you good gaming power. In my tests, Street Fighter IV was running at 53 fps when played at native resolution. Metro 2033 is more challenging on the specs and it gave me 11.3 fps at high settings of graphics. If you dial down the graphics at 1,366×768 pixels, then games will be more playable. This isn’t a gamers laptop but still it is gaming friendly.
Series 7 Chronos Battery :
Samsung Series 7 Chronos comes with integrated battery which lasted for six and half hours in my tests. This score is good considering there is dedicated onboard graphics card. It is just twenty minutes less as compared to 2011 MacBook Pro which is ahead of everyone else right now.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos Price :
Expect the pricing to be around $1,299.
Samsung 7 Chronos Post Sales Support :
Samsung offers a one year warranty for Samsung Series 7 Chronos. The manufacturer’s Website has driver and manual downloads, FAQs, etc. and all of them are easily accessible. The service number (1-800) too is displayed prominently on the site.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos is a high end 15 inch laptop from Samsung. It is expensive but so are alternatives from Dell, Apple, and Sony. Good battery life and a ton of features make this laptop worth for investment especially if you are looking for matte screen and finest keyboard. My two main gripes are absence of Blu-ray drive and poor touch pad.
My test rig :
- 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor
- 8 GB DDR3 RAM at 1,333 MHz
- 750 GB HDD runing at 7,200 rpm
- Intel HM67 chipset
- AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU
- 15.6 inches display
- 2.3 kg weight with power adapter
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