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The Good: The Samsung Series 7 is attractive and offers the touch experience of Windows 8 at a reasonable price.
The Bad: Samsung made compromise with performance in order to keep price low and the feature of gesture recognition is better left ignored.
The Bottom Line: The Series 7 is not fastest or equipped with best features, but the casual users of PC might consider the Series for the affordability and polish overall.
|Processor 3rd Gen Core i5 Intel i5-3470T / 2.9 GHz|
|Memory 6 GB / 8 GB (max)|
|Operating System Windows 8 64-bit Edition|
|Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM|
|Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology|
|Monitor Type LCD display|
|Cache Size 3 MB|
|Desktop type||All-in-one desktop system , Monitor included|
|Product Form Factor||All-in-one|
|Built-in Devices||Stereo speakers|
Processor / Chipset
|Type:||3rd Gen Core i5, Intel 3 i5-3470T / 2.9 GHz|
|Number of Cores:||Dual-Core|
|Cache Memory||Installed Size||3 MB|
|RAM||Installed Size||6 GB / 8 GB (max)|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Capacity||1 x 1 TB|
|Interface Type||Serial ATA-300 Serial ATA|
|Spindle Speed||5400 rpm|
|Storage Controller||Type||Serial ATA|
|Hard Drive (2nd)||Type||None|
|Hard Drive (3rd)||Type||None|
|Optical Storage||Type||DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM|
|Optical Storage (2nd)||Type||None|
|Card Reader||Type||3 in 1 card reader|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Diagonal Size||23.6 in|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )|
|Graphics Controller||Graphics Processor / Vendor||Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology|
|Sensor Resolution||1 Megapixel|
|Input Device||Type||Mouse, Touch-screen, Keyboard|
|Sound Output Mode||Stereo|
|Speaker(s)||2 x Right / left channel|
|Data Link Protocol||Fast Ethernet,
Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 HS
|Compliant Standards||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Miscellaneous||Features||USB Sleep-and-charge ports|
Expansion / Connectivity
|Interfaces||1 x HDMI input, 1 x HDMI output, 1 x Headphones,
1 x Microphone, 2 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet)
|Device Type||Power adapter|
|Power Provided||90 Watt|
Operating System / Software
|OS Provided||Windows 8 64-bit Edition|
|Software||Skydrive Desktop, AllShare Play|
|Microsoft Office Preloaded||Contains a pre- encumbered image of choice Microsoft Office 2010 collections. Buying an Office 2010 disc or Product Key Card in order to initiate pre-encumbered software on your personal computer.|
Dimensions & Weight
|Manufacturer Warranty||Service & Support||1 year warranty|
|Service & Support Details||Limited warranty – Parts and labor – 1 year|
|Sustainability||ENERGY STAR Qualified||Yes|
|EPEAT Compliant||EPEAT Gold|
|Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011)||4.1|
|Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012)||4.2|
Samsung’s new Series at $1099, all-in-one, overshadows others in terms of price and for those interested in touch screen. A minor drawback is the scheme of gesture control, but looking at the price, the little sticking point could be ignored.
With less sacrifice on features, the 23-inch Windows8 Samsung Series 7 comes with an affordable price. The other all-in-ones provide many exciting features if one is ready to spend extra $100-$200 but if one wants limited features and has a limited budget then this Series would suit him best.
This series doesn’t have a daring look like the debuted model in 2011, but looks much better than many other all-in-ones. The flat-folding screen and the base unit which used to be assymetrical is now replaced by a stand with swooping design with the screen reclining at 30 degrees. This limited tilting doesn’t make Series 7 like a tabletop computer in its true sense.
The touch environment with Galaxy-tab style is another drawback which was in the debuted version and is in Windows 8 again.
The touch screen’s responsiveness should be given credit which does compare to the Dell XPS One 27 somewhat.
The gesture input of Series 7 isn’t successful and is the same as in Acer Aspire 7600U but the technology used by Samsung is from a different company. Anyway, with both of the systems, gesture input is quite unresponsive and unintuitive.
There is a small card this time with “five gesture commands”, slotted in plastic stand that could be set up with the system to serve as reminder. This could have come in a better way, for example, by including icon for this on desktop screen. Without launching the application, the function of gesture recognition could not be turned on and one can only find it by searching.
Beyond this fact that the launch of application for starting gesture input is obscured by Samsung, the software and camera both are not adequately responsive to correctly detect movements. The gestures as scrolling side-by-side, sliding your palm works 75% well like it should.
The gesture input is one feature that you shouldn’t but the Samsung Series 7 for, unless one can make it intuitive, fast and natural to provide better usability of the all-in-one.
Samsung Series 7
Dell Inspiron One 2330
|Display size/resolution||23.6-inch, 1,920×1,080 touch screen||23-inch, 1,920×1,080 touch screen||23-inch, 1,920×1,080 touch screen|
|CPU||2.9GHz Intel Core i5-3470T||2.5GHz Intel Core i5 3330S||3.0GHz Intel Core i5 3330|
|Memory||6GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM||8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM||8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM|
|Graphics||32MB Intel HD Graphics 2500||32MB Intel HD Graphics 2500||1GB Nvidia GeForce GT630M|
|Hard drives||1TB, 5,400rpm||1TB, 7,200rpm||1TB, 7,200rpm|
|Optical drive||dual-layer DVD burner||dual-layer DVD burner||dual-layer DVD burner|
|Networking||Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0||Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0||Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Windows 8 (64-bit)||Windows 8 (64-bit)||Windows 8 (64-bit)|
Comparing Series 7 with Dell Inspiron One 2330 and Asus ET2300INTI, shortcomings of the Samsung Series 7 could easily be seen. It has dual-core model of Intel’s Core i5 but the others use full silicon quad-core. Samsung has 6GB Ram whereas the competitors have 8GB. Also, Samsung supports a slower hard drive with 5400 rpm.
Dell Inspiron One 2330 is priced at $100 more if the sacrifices all but bother you. The system has many options for audio connectivity and wider array as concerns the video. Moreover, it is faster than Samsung Series 7.
Even then, Samsung makes its mark with better polished surface than Dell and has good touch-screen input too that make up for the features somewhat.
The performance results show the penalties accompanied with the components. In most of the tests, Samsung Series 7, with reduced memory and dual-core chip, lags behind other PCs with robust hardware.
Intel provides improved single-core performance with CPUs that have fewer cores, which is an advantage that comes with dual-core chip. This explains the excellent performance of iTunes with Series 7. Samsung might be considered better in performance than the competitors, if much time is spent on conversion of audio files among formats.
The options of connectivity included in Samsung series 7 are those that are expected from the contemporary all-in-ones. Pair of USB 3.0 ports, slot of SD card and set of audio jacks is there behind the panel on the system’s left edge.
The system’s back has clean appearance due to the ports being underneath a plastic shelf along with HDMI-out, HDMI-in, trio of ports of USB 2.0 and Ethernet port are all quite marked. Exotic ports as Thunderbolt, “digital audio output” and video connectors aren’t there but the mainstream consumers would find the options for input/output adequate.
To keep the price low, Samsung imposed many limits to Series 7 but at the same time, it attempted to make an effort to bridge the difference by making system design that is well-conceived and a good quality touch screen. Therefore, Samsung Series 7 should be considered if a PC is wanted with a good appearance, good-enough performance and reasonable price.