Hands-on with the Samsung Series 7 Ultra
Samsung’s Series 9 ultrabooks are some of the thinnest and lightest laptops on the market — and they also offer nice keyboards, trackpads, and all-around performance.
But if you’re looking for a model with more ports, maybe an optical disc drive, and don’t mind going heavier, Samsung offers the Series 5 line of ultrabooks — which are also much cheaper than the Series 9 devices.
Now Samsung also has a new option which offers discrete graphics, a full HD 13 inch touchscreen display, and long battery life. It’s the Samsung Series 7 Ultra which should launch soon for around $1000 and up.
The Series 7 can’t match the Series 9 on size and weight, but it’s still a relatively small laptop measuring 0.7 inches thick and weighing about 3.2 pounds.
But Samsung managed to make room for a 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS touchscreen display and AMD Radeon HD8750M graphics.
There’s also more room around the sides for ports than you’ll find on some ultrabooks. There are 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 UDB 3.0 port, a full-sized HDMI port, and a mini VGA port as well as an SD card slot.
Samsung says you’ll be able to get up to 8 hours of battery life from the Series 7 Ultra, which is good because like many other ultrabooks, the battery isn’t replaceable.
The keyboard layout is pretty much the same on the Series 7 as on the Series 9 I reviewed (and which I’m typing this article on), but the keys have a silver/gray finish rather than black — so fewer people will ask if you’re using a Macbook.
The Series 7 also scores higher in every part of the Windows Experience Index rating than my Series 9 — which isn’t surprising since I’ve got a low-end Series 9 with a 2nd generation Intel Core processor while the Series 7 on display at CES has a 3rd generation chip. But it also appears to have a much faster SSD for storage.
Samsung’s new 13 inch Sereis 7 ultrabook should hit the streets in the coming months.