The good: Samsung Series 7 Ultra feels and looks great; has awesome battery life; nice touch screen of 1080p; and a convenient back lit keyboard as well as a large, responsive click pad.
The Bad: The device has only 1 USB 3.0. Like many ultrabooks, battery is non removable; there isn’t any optical drive. The Series 7 has integrated graphics and older processor.
The Bottom Line: Shiny Samsung Series 7 Ultra tends to have long life of battery along with nice design, though; the older processor could give one pause.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com
|Hard Drive||128 GB|
|Operating System||Windows 8 64-bit Edition|
|Graphics Processor||Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 i5-3337U / 1.8 GHz ( 2.7 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )|
|Memory||4 GB / 16 GB (max)|
|Display Type||13.3 in|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )|
|Part Number||CNETSeries 7 Ultra 730U3E|
|OS Provided||Windows 8 64-bit Edition|
|Max Turbo Speed||2.7 GHz|
|Number of Cores||Dual-Core|
|Cache||L3 cache – 3 MB|
|Hard Drive||128 GB SSD|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9|
|Technology||4-cell Lithium ion|
|Run Time||7.3 hour(s)|
Samsung Series 7 is really a nice ultrabook. This would have been easily recommended some months ago before the 4th gen. processors of Core i-series were announced by Intel.
Still, this Series 7 is solid laptop when it comes to design and performance. So far, any huge leaps aren’t visible in the real computing performance as between new and old processors.
And, at the moment it is around $1,000.
Features And Design:
This device feels and looks like modern notebook. It is uncluttered and clean having nothing more but simple branding of Samsung over brushed lid of aluminum. Whole of the body, in fact, is aluminum.
The fan vents tend to be hidden behind screen hinge. There are some more towards bottom, though they are enough in keeping Series 7 getting warm uncomfortably. Like most ultrabooks, there isn’t any optical drive. Also, battery tends to be non-removable. One could take off the entire panel at the bottom if there is any need of poking inside.
System tends to be adequately light for daily commute and carrying around campus. With some more money spent, Apple MacBook Air or Sony Vaio Pro, which are lighter, could be bought.
It tends to be back lit and just not around key edges but letters are also translucent so they, too, light up. Functions keys happen to be mapped to the things as screen and keyboard brightness and volume, turning on silent mode which quiets the fan noise as well as pulling up settings panel to adjust audio, power management, display, click pad and the wired connections of network. The button of function lock lets one tune things even without use of Fn key.
Click pad is quite responsive, along with giving satisfying click at the time it is presses. The support multitouch gesture prevents you from clicking it ever.
Quite a highlight is 1080p display. Series 7 could be available without or with touch screen; former has matte finish while latter is glossy. Viewing off-angle is excellent, having no issues of viewing from sides, top or bottom.
It gets quite bright, so using outdoors in sun is not out of question, though glossy screen would reflect everything. The fingerprints do clean off with ease and screen is much responsive, so much so you have to barely touch it. Touch could be turned off altogether.
720p webcam is above screen and it handled the indoor mixed lighting pretty well. Though, the image tended to be noisy in the low light, still it looked well.
Speakers with the brand JBL are used in this Series 7. They are small though produce clear and clean sound. Bass lacks and starts distorting a little when pushed to the full volume. Headphones or external speakers could be connected if one is up to music or movies.
Also, towards left, there is Ethernet port, power input, HDMI, port for USB3.0 and outputs Mini VGA. On right are slot for SD card and two ports for USB 2.0. If one tends to leave SD card in the slot, he’d have to stay cautious with Samsung as card does not go all inside.
The features of laptop wireless include 802.11n Wi-Fi, support of Wireless Display by Intel and Bluetooth 4.0.
Battery Life And Performance:
Series 7 Ultra could be available in couple configurations. The NP740U3E-A01UB was tested that includes integrated graphics HD 4000 by Intel, 128GB SSD, 4GB memory and 3rd-gen. processor Core i5. Combination proves fine for use every day: Web browsing, basic video and photo editing, streaming music and videos and work tasks.
Slightly unimpressive was the graphics performance. Basically, it works well for basic video and photo editing and video playback, but anything that is much demanding may feel slow.
The life of battery is great. On the drain test of video playback, it lasted for 6 hours 8 minutes. Generally, for use, where laptop is not working constantly, one could easily have battery for more time, especially using some of power management.
It is very fine laptop for the average users who wish for excellent life of battery and very good looks. As it has older processor, one might like to wait to see whether price does drop below the mark of $1000. Or, one could wait for the 4th-gen. processors in Samsung.