The South Korean manufacturing giant Samsung may be better known as the maker of the popular Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets, but it has long been making laptops to the delight of consumers looking for a wider, if not better, set of choices for their mobile computing needs. It is among the few laptop makers with a range of products dedicated to serious gamers. The three specimens reviewed here provide clear evidence of the innovation and purposive product specification that have endeared the brand to serious gamers on the go.
The 2011 CES showcased Samsung’s Ultrabooks and the following year, its latest models trumpeted touchscreens on its Ultrabooks courtesy of Windows 8. Samsung’s flagship Series 9 Ultrabooks fuses both touchscreen technology in its Galaxy Tab line with the versatility and power of a regular laptop. Unfortunately, its Ultrabook line for 2012-2013 is not designed with the serious gamer in mind but more for the young executives who like their laptops trendy, slim and lightweight, However, several models like the Series 9 NP900X4C-A07US Premium Ultrabook priced at $1,490.43 uses the Intel HD Graphics 4000 that offers respectable gameplay for many demanding game at low settings. But at this price point, Samsung has better options for serious gamers.
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Samsung Series 3 NP350V5C-T01US
Coming down to $699.99 from its $899.99 price when it launched last October 2012, the titan silver Samsung Series 3 NP350V5C-T01US is one of the more competent gaming laptops in the market at this price point. Powered by a 2.3 GHz 3rd generation Intel Core i7 and with 6GB DDR3 RAM, its graphics is powered by a separate AMD Radeon HD 7730, a mid-range GPU with its own 2GB video RAM that can play most of the 2012 RPG and FSP games seamlessly at medium to high game settings. The laptop has a 15.6” with a 1366 x 768 HD resolution that has become standard for most laptops.
Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S02US
The Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S02US, as the name clearly indicates, is optimized for serious gamers and its $1,499.99 price tag is well worth it. Powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz and with a 16GB DDR 3 RAM,, this Series 7 uses what is considered the fastest single-chip GPU among laptop graphics as of March 2012 – the Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M with its own 2GB GDDR5 video RAM. The beauty of 17.3-inch LED backlit full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution can be realized for virtually all the most demanding games in 2012 at their high to highest settings. The recently released Crysis 3 has no problems even at high game setting. In addition, its 1.5TB SATA drive, Dolby stereo speakers with a sub-woofer, and 8-cell li-ion battery are housed in a 2-inch casing that weighs a rather hefty 8.4lbs. That’s a heavyweight alright in all aspects. The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is part of our top 8 best gaming laptops or you could check our in-depth review of The Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S02US.
Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-T01US
A bit less expensive at $1,245.99 is the Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-T01US sporting a more youthful yellow body. It has the same 17.3-inch LED Backlit screen and shares the same CPU and other features except for a smaller 8 GB DDR3 system RAM and the graphics card. It uses the AMD Radeon HD 7870M instead but the same the same 2GB video RAM. Just 16% slower than the GTX 675M, it also plays just about all the 2012 games at high to the highest game settings. Crysis 3 plays no less seamlessly at high settings.
Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C-S03US
At $1,599.99, the Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C-S03US has a gorgeous 17.3-iunch LED backlit display with 1920 x 1080 true HD resolution driven by the NVidia GeForce GT 650M, a midrange GPU near the top of the GeForce GT 600M series, enabling it to run nearly all sophisticated games released lately in medium to high game setting. It runs on the quad care Intel i7-3615QM clocked at 2.3 GHz with 8 GB DDR 3 system RAM. Just 1-inch thick on a 6.6-lb body, this series 7 specimen comes with a 750 GB SATA drive running at 7200 RPM and supported by an 8GB Solid State Dive built into the motherboard that acts like a cache memory that makes it almost twice as fast in booting up and launching apps.
Samsung Series 7 NP700Z3A-S06US
Considered an entry level mid-class gaming laptop, the Samsung Series 7 NP700Z3A-S06US is a 14-inch laptop with a 1TB HDD that comes with an 8 GB solid state drive that acts like a cache to speed up booting and launching of apps. This accounts for its $1,049.99 price discounted 4% from its SRP and a 1-inch profiles weighing only 4.6 lbs. (Pre-owned units fetch around $730 and refurbished ones at $850.) Under the hood is a 2nd generation Intel dual core i5-2450M clo0cked at 2.45 GHz wi9th 8GB DDR3 system RAM that optimizes the 64-bit Windows 7 Premium edition that comes bundled with it. What makes it qualify as a gaming laptop is its AMD Radeon HD 6490M GPU which is 12% faster and more capable than our threshold Intel HD Graphics 4000 and can play nearly all sophisticated games released over the last 3 years at low to medium game settings.
As people say, you get what you pay for. A gaming workstation on the desktop or your laptop cannot really be as satisfying as it can without investing on the right hardware to play the games as they should be played m without compromises. The prices on the Samsung Series 7 Gamer line show unmistakable proof of this and anything lower will yield a compromised gaming performance as seen in the Series 3.