Samsung Series7

The war on the dreaded screen bezel continues. Last month Gateway introduced a new computer that packed a 14 inch display into a laptop case that was the same size as a typical 13.3 inch notebook. Now Samsung is following suit.

The company has introduced its new line of Series 7 laptops with slim cases, brushed-aluminum finishes, and Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. The smallest member of the family is the new Samsung NP700Z3A-S01US which features a 14 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel display in a case designed for a 13.3 inch notebook.

The computer will be available with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2430M processor, up to 6GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 750GB of hard disk space. There’s also 8GB of flash memory on the motherboard which helps provide fast startup times and an overall performance boost.

The Series 7 laptop has an AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics card. It has a 1.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and supports up to 9 hours of battery life. The notebook weighs 4.3 pounds.

The only down side? The 14 inch notebook has a suggested retail price of $1,099 which makes it more expensive than a netbook, MacBook Air, or an entry-level ultrabook (assuming ultrabooks hit Intel’s target price when they start to appear).

Samsung will also offer several Series 7 laptop models with 15.6 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel displays and Intel Core i7 chips.

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4 replies on “Samsung Series 7 laptop crams a 14 inch screen into a 13 inch chassis”

  1. @Samsung add an expresscard (to connect different soundcards and controllers) and I am sold

    1. Completely agree! I regularly use and need eSATA and Firewire 800/400 ports with my digital photography equipment. I’m trying to keep from upgrading to a new MBP 15 or 17. If this had an expresscard/34 slot, I could add nearly any type of port/interface desired.

  2. Wow, me want.  A 1600×900 screen on a laptop that small is dreamy.

    Having discrete graphics, even a 6490 which probably can’t push enough pixels to fill a screen that size on any sort of good graphics setting, is divine!  There’s nothing comparable that I’m aware of at that price point.  

    None of the members of the competition can boast anything similar, even if they cost slightly less.

    Hell the screen might be TOO fine a Dot pitch at that resolution.  Oh scrumptious delight.  I hope you didn’t transpose the resolutions between the 15.6 and the 14 or something.  I’m not trying to be negative, it’s just that I’m stunned it wouldn’t be 1366×768, it seems like everyone has forgot they make screens besides that resolution at anything less than 17″.  

    Oh yes, a core i-2430 isn’t exactly helpful, I’m pretty sure you meant Core i5-2430 but…   

    My ASUS UL30vt is getting a tad long in the tooth and this is the first small laptop to arouse my curiosity in awhile.  I was getting afraid I’d have to buy and XPS system.  This gives me hope.

    Can’t wait for a review somewhere.

    1. Yup, that should have been Core i5. Thanks for catching it!

      And I just double-checked. It looks like all of the new Series 7 models including the 15.6 inch and 14 inch versions will have 1600 x 900 screens.

      It might take a little tweaking to make Windows 7 look good at that resolution, but my guess is Windows 8 will include better native support for high PPI screen. 

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