While at the New York Comic Con we had the chance to take a hands-on preview of the latest gaming laptop from Samsung: The Samsung Series 7 Gamer. An entry in their Series 7 laptops that was designed with the gamer in mind that packs advanced graphics and the power to use it.
This gamer-centric edition of Samsung’s Series 7 line of laptops takes the base set by its product-line and adds extra touches. The 17.3″ screen features what Samsung designates as its FHD SuperBright Plus LED display, which to many people boils down to one fact: full 1920×1080 (HD 1080p) graphics. These views went great well with the Dolby Home Theater v4 2.1 on-board speakers and sub-woofer Though we didn’t test it, the Samsung Series 7 Gamer does include 5.1 or 7.1 channel surround sound capabilities for headphones, external speakers or home theater systems. A Blu-Ray reader/player is built-in for movie watching experiences when not playing games.
Playing on the Samsung Series 7 Gamer that we previewed was playing the game World of Tanks, and it looked beautiful. This was helped by the Intel Core i7-3610QM processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M graphics card, both supported by 16GB of RAM which would be plenty even in a gaming desktop. Even in a desktop specs like this would make it a respectable gaming rig.
Two of the special features that set the Samsung Series 7 Gamer apart are the ExpressCache harddrive and the Mode Control. The 1.5 TB harddrive runs at 7200 RPM – which isn’t special with most modern laptops – but the 8GB of ExpressCache included allows for Solid-State like reboot times. This technology is similar to a hybrid state harddrive which caches the boot-up and most commonly used programs. The Mode Control allows the Samsung Series 7 Gamer to switch between one of four states: Eco, Library, Balanced and Gaming Mode.
Each of these modes would allow us to adapt the laptop to different purposes. Eco Mode maximizes battery life by sacrificing processing and graphics power. Library Mode automatically mutes the audio and turns the fans off. Balanced Mode allows for everyday computing and power usage. The pièce de résistance of the Samsung Series 7 Gamer comes in its special Gaming Mode. In this mode the first thing that happens is the screen enters design reminiscent of Hal from 2001 Space Odyssey. Besides the new look this mode pushes the processor further, audio is increased and the mouse pad and windows keys are disabled.
See our quick preview of the Samsung Series 7 Gaming laptop in the following video from the New York Comic Con: