We’ve got the Samsung Series 7 Chronos laptop to review today. It’s a very high-spec 15-inch laptop that has the potential to match the performance of the Apple MacBook Pro. Thanks to the inclusion of a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and an AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB of video memory, we should see some very impressive results. Let’s take a closer look.
Retailing at around £900 in various online stores, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is fairly expensive. However, when you compare the specs to the entry-level MacBook Pro, which are identical, if not better, in some places, you can see that for £900 the Series 7 Chronos is well worth it.
Samsung have gone for a very sturdy look and feel to the Series 7 Chronos, and whilst it won’t be winning any design awards anytime soon the Series 7 Chronos still looks great with its sleek metallic silver lid and metallic body.
We did also think that the overall design was very similar to the MacBook Pro, but slightly curvier, even the DVD drive and some of the ports were in similar places.
The 15.6-inch display stretches to the edges of the lid, almost, which we really like. It gives it a much more modern look when compared with some cheaper plastic-cased laptops.
The 1600 x 900 pixel resolution is something that will definitely catch your eye as well with its ability to display extremely crisp and clear images, video and games. The display doesn’t feature a glossy coating, which we really like as well, however you might like glossy screens so we’ll let you decide whether that’s a plus or a negative.
With the matte display however, you’ll be able to use the laptop in all situations, whether it’s sunny or cloudy.
Above the display you’ve also got a 1.3 megapixel HD webcam that you could use with applications such as Skype. The overall performance of the webcam was quite impressive. The video quality appeared to be much on par with other laptops that feature a 1.3 megapixel HD webcam.
Keyboard / Trackpad
The keyboard, not unlike the MacBook Air and Pro keyboards, features isolated keys set into the aluminium casing. They’re also rounded and are backlit. Overall, they look very impressive and aren’t too loud when typing.
The large trackpad supports multi-touch gestures as well and is of a very similar design to the Mac trackpad, which therefore makes this a great feature. You’ve also got the button-less design here, with the whole trackpad being one clickable surface.
Around both the left and right sides, we’ve got a collection of different ports including two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port and HDMI-out. There’s also a DVD drive on the right side, which with it being set inside the aluminium casing looks very Mac-like.
The front of the Series 7 Chronos features a multi-SD card reader.
If you’re one for storing music, films and other content that requires a lot of space, then there’s definitely no need to worry here. The Samsung Series 7 Chronos features a 750GB hard drive, which should cater for all of your storage needs.
The underside of the Series 7 Chronos looks very clean with there being no battery compartment or unnecessary lines to spoil the overall design. And with there being no battery compartment, it appears that Samsung have been reading the “Apple Rules of Design” book and have consequently included a non-removable battery.