Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S02US Gaming Laptop Review

Today I thought I’d talk a little bit about the Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S02US gaming laptop computer. A newer release, it adds a slew of different creature comforts into standard gaming laptop mix, which I thought we could delve into a bit.

Gaming Laptop Buying Guide

Samsung Series 7 NP700G7C-S02US Gaming Laptop Specs:

Screen:  Full HD 1080p 17.3-inch LED-backlit display with 400nit SuperbrightTM Plus technology
Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz, (6 MB L3 cache, 3.3 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology)
Hard Drive: 1.5 TB hard drive
Ram: 16GB DDR3 (4 x 4GB)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M graphics with 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory.
Webcam: 2.0-megapixel
Input/output: 2 x USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, 1 x HDMI port, Blu-ray Disc (BD) combo drive

Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S02US Ports

The Good

The Series 7 lap top contains all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect in a gaming laptop; it’s got a very respectable 16gb of RAM, a hefty 1.5 terabytes of storage, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675 graphics card, an an Intel i7 processor, and a crystalline 17.3 inch HD screen, so it avails itself well against the rest of it’s first quarter competitors.

However, what makes the Series 7 stand out most is its nifty four modes feature. It has built-in mode settings that will regulate power use for when you are gaming, or when you’re just surfing the net, making it a little bit more friendly to non-gaming applications as well.

The sound quality is superb, and the keys are silky smooth in their responsiveness, making it a well oiled machine in terms of picking up and getting to gaming.

The Bad

The NVIDIA 675 card is starting to show its age, as it is a few generations behind, and on an otherwise extremely powerful machine, it serves as a weak link when trying to push maximum performance out of the most cutting edge games.

While most gaming laptops are known for running extremely hot and being extremely heavy, the Series 7 seems to double down on both, making it feel rather unwieldy. In addition, while it is considered sacrosanct to use a gaming laptop without having it plugged in, the Series 7 seems to particularly slug along on battery mode, though, for better or for worst, its misery is mitigated due to the standard gaming laptop lack of battery life.

While it touts 1.5 terabytes of storage, it actually accomplishes this through two 750 gigabyte drives, which are not RAID configured. While for most casual gamers, that is not an egregious sin, but for those trying to get the most mileage out of their purchase, this can be a stumbling block, as they will configure the hard drives, but not without you sending it back in, and jumping through a lot of hoops, and losing a lot of time.

Finally, like all new generation gaming laptops, the Series 7 comes pre-loaded with Windows 8. If that is not your particular cup of tea, you will be disappointed, and the particularly conflicted will still have received nothing major from Windows 8 should they not wish to adapt to the new surroundings.

The Result

Overall, the Series 7 is a solid gaming laptop. It excels where it excels, and most of the major strikes against it are not debilitating to a large degree. Previous generations of games run smooth as butter, and it handles the newer fare with equal panache, and for the price, you’re definitely getting a lot of bang for you buck, making the Series 7 a solid choice for the budget-conscious gamer on the go.

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