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conclusion:We like it

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Samsung wanted to give you real desktop power on the go with the Series 7 Chronos, and while its performance is top notch, it's also pretty heavy. TechRadar says the new Chronos is "perfect for power-hungry users" and that it will "handle pretty much anything you throw at it." The power-driven laptop also gives you a 1080p resolution display whose "panel quality is a cut above," according to Trusted Reviews. You'd think a laptop with this much power and high resolution display would suffer from poor battery life, but Expert Reviews says it has "huge battery life," lasting "9 hours ... so you should get a full day's work out of it." The main issue with the new Chronos is its weight, clocking in at 5.4 pounds, which has TechRadar saying you "wouldn't want it in your bag all day." The Series 7 serves as solid option for those who need a desktop replacement, but for most users, a lighter and more mobile laptop would be a better option.

Critic reviews

8.7
4 reviews
  • Speed and features
    10
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Battery life
    8.4
  • Display
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    8.0
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    5.8

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9.0
TrustedReviews Apr 10, 2013

The Samsung Series 7 Chronos is a worthy update to last year’s recommended model. It keeps the top-notch construction, and brings every other aspect of the laptop right into 2013.

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8.0
TechRadar May 20, 2013

The Samsung Series 7 Chronos is one of the best Windows laptops money can buy, but in this changing world of computing, we urge you as a buyer to consider whether your needs would be served better with a lighter, more mobile machine with less emphasis on huge power.

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10
Expert Reviews May 31, 2013

The Samsung Series 7 Chronos is a hugely impressive laptop. It’s expensive, but with near desktop levels of performance, a competent graphics processor and a massive battery life, it’s also great value. It truly deserves its Ultimate award.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Mar 5, 2013

The 17-incher would be close to perfect with more convenient maintenance options, a better build quality and flawless CPU clocking. The all-rounder just misses a very good rating in its current form.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 7, 2013

Seeing it in person definitely makes it easy to understand why this is one of Sammy's most premium machines; the brushed-metal chassis is elegant in addition to being incredibly svelte.

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Laptop Magazine Jan 9, 2013

Even in a very loud Samsung booth on the show floor, we could easily hear the JBL optimized speakers. The eye candy is even better than the ear candy, thanks to a 300-nit display that offers 178-degree viewing angles.

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AnandTech Jan 12, 2013

The biggest change here is the 1080p PLS touchscreen panel, and a slight amount of added thickness to go with that. There’s also a matte non-touch display, but that’s only TN and 1366x768 and will likely not be offered in the US.

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SlashGear Jan 7, 2013

The whole thing is surprisingly lightweight, given it’s a 15-inch notebook, and the keyboard feels crisp and responsive. The brushed metal finish is suitably premium, but the display is incredibly glossy.

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TrustedReviews Jan 9, 2013

Bright, vibrant, responsive, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos screen is, in large, hard to fault. Working beautifully with the device’s Windows 8 base, the touchscreen interface benefits from 10-finger multitouch to ensure a user friendly experience from the off.

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TechRadar Jan 9, 2013

There is a lot to like with the new Chronos laptop. Although it doesn't have the thinness of an Ultrabook, there is so much power here that you will be tempted to ditch the desktop for what is a undeniably sleek device.

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PC Pro Jan 10, 2013

The H ... is a laptop we could get very enthusiastic about. Sure, it’s cumbersome compared to Ultrabooks, but it lives up to Samsung’s promise of a top-end spec for people who need to push their laptops to the limit.

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Expert Reviews Jan 10, 2013

We had high expectations for the Chronos, and Samsung didn't let us down. Build quality was up to the standard we know expect for high-end Samsung laptops, being sleeker than anything similarly powerful yet feeling very sturdy at the same time - just like a MacBook.

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9.0
feligato feligato

My unit comes with 8GB of RAM, speed is great but as I said earlier the 5400RPM hard disk is not so great. Touchpad is big and responsive, but has some software issues that Samsung need to address. Still I prefer to use a separate mouse for this. Im very impressed with this machine, but I come...

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