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Samsung Series 7 Gamer

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81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Despite suffering a handful of faults common to oversized laptops, the Samsung Series 7 Gamer excels where it counts. Gamers looking for a rig that's easy to relocate won't be disappointed.

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Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Graphical powerhouse
  • Subtle, clean design
Cons
  • "Gamer Mode" dialisover the top
  • LED management software is limited
  • Chassisdesign limits port availability
81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

81
 

User Reviews

80
dam1917
I enjoy the over-all features and power this laptop has to offer. The one turn-off...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
80
Laptop Magazine
Samsung's Series 7 Gamer marries an Intel Ivy Bridge processor with Nvidia's greatest graphics in a notebook that offers users pure gaming bliss. We just wish it ran cooler.
 
80
PC Pro
Packed to the gills with power, features and with a big, beautiful screen, this is the best entertainment laptop we’ve seen.
 
80
CNET
The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is huge, expensive, and unattractive, but it's also one of the best gaming laptops that we've seen this year. If you don't mind its beefy 17-inch form, you won’t be disappointed.
 
70
TechRadar
The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a good laptop that could have - and should have - been great, but ultimately it doesn't do quite enough to justify its steep price tag.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
A powerful gaming laptop with a n excellent display that's ideal for movies.
 
80
PC Authority
If you need a powerful home system that you can put away at the end of the day, or a portable entertainment and gaming centre with 3D support, the Series 7 Gamer has plenty going for it. It may be expensive, but for a proper power gaming laptop the price is actually quite reasonable.
 
100
Expert Reviews
The Series 7 Gamer may cost a massive £1,399, but spec for spec it looks better value than its nearest equivalent - Alienware's £2,000 17x. It's an understated no-compromise laptop, and it wins an Ultimate award.
 
70
Notebookcheck
Overall, the 700G7A deserves a place among the gaming elite. The drawbacks are kept within limits. Samsung has finally a suitable product for avid gamers in its range.
 
80
Engadget
At $1,900, the Series 7 Gamer isn't the cheapest oversized rig on the market, but for Samsung, it's an excellent first foray into the category -- even if it does go a little overboard on those "game mode" transitions.
 
70
Kotaku
The number of players who need what the Samsung Series 7 Gamer has to offer is probably a small segment of the population. But for those who do need a 17" desktop-replacing, gaming-capable laptop, the Series 7 Gamer wouldn't be a bad choice.