One of Samsung's Series 7 laptops was outed not long ago, but that PC was made for fragging, while the rest in this line of laptops is meant for more pedestrian purposes. The new members of the family come sheathed in the same silver aluminum skin, but sport a smaller 300-nit, 1600 x 900 matte display in both 15.6-inch and 14-inch versions. Those displays are surrounded by a minimalist bezel, which allowed Samsung to stuff a 14-inch panel into a 13-inch chassis. Around the sides, there are two USB 3.0 ports (and one of the 2.0 variety), Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI and VGA sockets (the latter requires an included dongle a la the Series 9).

On the inside, users can get up to a Core i7-2675QM CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, up to 8GB of RAM, Radeon HD 6750M graphics and a 750GB HDD spinning at 7,200RPM. On all but the base model, there's an additional 8GB of flash memory mounted on the motherboard that helps shave boot times down to mere seconds using Sammy's FastStart technology. A lithium polymer battery powers everything, and Samsung claims the 80Wh cell will maintain 80 percent of its original capacity for up to 1,500 charges. Prices start at $1,000, and run all the way up to $1,300 for all the fixins'. Sound good? Head on past the break for some hands-on impressions.
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Samsung Series 7 Laptops


We got handsy with a 15.6-inch model, and came away liking what we saw. The brushed aluminum exterior was easy on the eyes, and we greatly appreciated the backlit keyboard and its number pad. We also thought that hinged lower jaw of the Ethernet port was a nifty feature, as it allows the Sammy's slim edge to accommodate a full size port. Best of all was the matte display, as we've been crying out for manufacturers to lose those fingerprint-friendly panels, and Samsung's given us what we desire. As you can see in the gallery above, the Series 7 stacks up pretty well size-wise to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, but we'll have to wait until we review one to really know how it compares to Apple's offering.

Dante Cesa contributed to this report.


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Samsung offers powerful, fast performance in a compact, sleek form factor with new series 7 laptops

Stylishly Thin PC Line Provides Highly Portable Cutting Edge Technology to Mobile Users

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., August 31, 2011 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today announced the Series 7, a sleek, cutting edge laptop line, at the IFA global consumer electronics tradeshow. Encased in a stunningly thin and compact aluminum chassis, the Series 7 is a highly powerful computer that empowers savvy consumers and design conscience business users to accomplish more in less time.

"The Series 7 is an ideal laptop for discerning users who need to be highly productive everywhere they go, with advanced features such as Samsung's exclusive Fast Start technology, a high-speed processor and a large, matte screen that is visible anywhere, even outside," said Scott Ledterman, director of mobile PC marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division. "Our goal is to create notebooks that constantly inspire and enrich customers' lives and with the Series 7, one of the thinnest quad core PCs to date, cutting edge consumers and business users can capitalize on Samsung's advanced engineering, inside and out."

Impressive Design

With a sleek brushed-aluminum body under one-inch thick, smooth lines and a stunningly thin bezel screen, the Series 7 embodies premium design, making it an ideal computer for users looking to make a statement.

By minimizing the bezel and maximizing the screen, the Samsung Series 7 laptop is highly portable without sacrificing screen size. Incorporating Samsung's latest Max Screen technology, the Series 7 enables users to experience up to an extra inch of viewing without sacrificing mobility or portability, with the 14-inch display being contained within the form factor traditionally associated with a 13-inch model.

The 13-inch or 15.6-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) high resolution, matte display features 16 million colors and up to 50 percent better brightness (300 nit) provided by Samsung Superbright Technology, as well as an AMD Radeon HD6750M graphics card. These features make the display ideal for any power user's needs, whether inside or out, viewing everything from presentations to photos, videos and games.

Powerful Performance

Series 7, with the Intel® CoreTM i5 or the Intel® CoreTM i7 processor, features ExpressCache™, a technology which accelerates boot-up and start times. It provides an extra 8GB of flash memory on the motherboard enabling faster start-up as well as increasing the overall performance. Web browsing is up to 50-60 percent quicker (using Microsoft Internet Explorer).

The Series 7 keeps up with your fast-paced life no matter where you are. It features Samsung's exclusive FastStart technology, which enables the laptop to transition from a hybrid sleep mode to full functionality in as little as two-three seconds, while Quick Boot has the notebook ready to go – from cold – in just 19 seconds, enabling users to quickly jump into work or play while on-the-go.

Maximum Mobility

The Series 7 was designed to offer highly mobile users a powerful computer in a compact, portable form factor, allowing them to capitalize on Samsung's advanced features without being weighed or slowed down.

Samsung's exclusive Easy Settings make it effortless to connect the Series 7 to new wireless networks, projectors and more by giving you easy access to commonly used PC settings, resulting in stress-free business travel and presentations. Samsung Easy Migration allows users to seamlessly transfer existing files to the new laptop by connecting their old PC to the Series 7, launching and starting Easy Migration and letting the PC do the rest.

With up to nine hours of battery life**, the Series 7 ensures an all day connection while on-the-go. The inclusion of Samsung Power Plus technology means that the Series 7 battery will retain 80 percent of the original battery capacity for up to 1,500 charges – giving users a battery that works whenever and wherever they need it, even after three years of use.
Signature Samsung Technology

Samsung's Support Center ensures all content stays safe and can help troubleshoot any particular problem. Accessible with a keyboard shortcut, the Support Center helps users manage their system settings or arrange for a tech-support web chat. Samsung's Back-up & Recovery Solution also allows users to create and restore back-ups of system data on the device, or on a network or removable storage device.

The Samsung Series 7 will be available starting October 2, 2011. It will retail for $999 – $1,299. All Samsung mobile PC products are available through Samsung resellers and distribution channels. For a full list of retailers, call 1-800-SAMSUNG or visit www.samsung.com.

Key Specs:
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, to benefits, design, components, performance, availability and capability of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.


NP700Z5A-S02US
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 2675QM (2.20 GHz, 6 MB [L3])
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 bit)


NP700Z5A-S01US
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 2675QM (2.20 GHz, 6 MB [L3])
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64 bit)


NP700Z3A-S01US
Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 2430M (2.40 GHz, 3 MB [L3])
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

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Intel® Core™ i7-2675QM Processor (BGA Type, SV)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

Memory
(Max)
6GB DDR3
(on Board 4G + 2G)
8GB DDR3
(on Board 4G + 4G)
6GB DDR3
(on Board 4G + 2G)
6GB DDR3
Storage (max)
750GB
w/ EC 8GB
750GB
w/ EC 8GB
750GB
w/ EC 8GB
750GB

Screen
15.6"
15.6"
14.0"
15.6"

Resolution
1600 x 900
1600 x 900
1600 x 900
1600 x 900

Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Xeymour
HD 6490M

Speakers
3 W (1.5 W x 2) stereo speakers
3 W (1.5 W x 2) stereo speakers
3 W (1.5 W x 2) stereo speakers
3 W (1.5 W x 2) stereo speakers

Integrated Camera
1.3MP HD
1.3MP HD
1.3MP HD
1.3MP HD

Battery
Lithium Polymer; up to 9 hours
Lithium Polymer; up to 9 hours
Lithium Polymer; up to 9 hours
Lithium Polymer; up to 9 hours

Wireless
802.11 b/g/n
802.11 b/g/n
802.11 b/g/n
802.11 b/g/n

Weight
5.05 lbs
5.05 lbs
4.30 lbs
5.05 lbs

MSRP
$1,149.00
$1,299.00
$1,099.00
$999.99

** Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, power management settings, applications used, and wireless settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use. Test results based on independent third party Mobile Mark tests. Non-Metric weights and measurements are approximate. Total amount of available memory may be less based on configuration.

Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes, GB = 1 billion bytes, TB = 1 trillion bytes. Please note that a portion of the hard drive is reserved for system recovery, operating system and preloaded content software

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