|Screen Size||17.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Intel Core i7|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||1 TB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2048 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11abg, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11A|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C-S01US 17.3-Inch Laptop (Silver)
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|RAM Size||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||16 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel Core i7-7500U|
|Processor Speed||2.3 GHz||2.3 GHz||2.6 GHz||2.7 GHz||2.5 GHz||2.7 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||—||1920 x 1080 pixels||3840x2160 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 (FHD Touch)|
|Screen Size||17.3 in||15.6 in||15.6 in||15 in||15 in||17.3 in|
|Hard-Drive Size||1 TB||256 GB||256 GB||—||256 GB||1 TB|
|Item Dimensions||0.98 x 15.9 x 10.3 in||10.2 x 15.02 x 1.19 in||0.7 x 14.72 x 9.83 in||9.03 x 13.7 x 0.61 in||9.32 x 13.6 x 0.57 in||11.6 x 16.4 x 1 in|
|Item Weight||6.26 lbs||5.27 lbs||4.45 lbs||2.73 lbs||2.84 lbs||6.75 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 7;||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10|
|RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||Unknown||Unknown||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11abg, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11A||802.11 A/C||—||—||802.11 A/C||802.11A, Bluetooth, 802.11bgn|
Enjoy powerful, best in class, fast performance with the latest Intel Core processor and innovative ExpressCache technology for ultra fast processing and Internet access. With a SuperBright screen to produce sharp clear images, even outdoors, while an elegantly powerful and durable aluminum case looks good anywhere.
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I turned it on and the matte screen was very clear and detailed and Bright. I was a little leary about it being a matte screen as I never had one and hoped the screen wouldn't look too dark or unclear. Not an issue! Two things I Love about it is that it is full HD with a 1920x1080 screen rez/size. And secondly it has a lit keypad with an option on how bright you want it to be. - Excellent! Full HD and a lit keyboard are two important options to me. The JBL sound with sub woofer is the Best sound I ever heard on a laptop.
One thing I wish it had was a simple switch on it to turn off the intergrated graphics forever as to use the GT650M all the time. I had a lenovo laptop that had that. However there is still a way to do this if desired (I believe?)using the Nividia settings.(manage 3d-> "high performance" on drop down). I read from a few that the keybooard on left side will get very warm? I will say that may be true for some. I can only say that I set it up, adjusted settings and played around with it for about 2 1/2 hours straight and the keyboard on mine remained cool and not even an issue at all. Of course I didn't do anything very demanding yet. Noise level was extremely quiet on mine. It wasn't until I turned it off almost 3 hours later that I realized ..."Hey, I didn't even notice fan noise" there but very quiet for me.
The three things that annoyed me, I do NOT like are as follows:
#1. The hard drive is Large at 1 TB. - Great! but is very slow and holds it back. Samsung should have put a SSD in it. Guess they chose not to to save money. I suggest swapping out the HD and replacing it with an SSD.
#2. Pricey. The price is more then I was hoping to spend. But well worth it. You get a superior product with many features.
#3. This issue has bothered me on every amazon purchase I make. This has to deal with amazon shipping. I really wish amazon would offer an option to us buyers prior to placing an order to use FedEx instead of UPS only. I always pick 2 dsy shipping and always my purchase shows up very late (6:30pm for this laptop)- or even 3 days later instead of two. But again this is not related to the laptop itself and no fault to amazon.
My conclusion: In a nutshell. I am Extremely pleased thus far with this laptop. I would buy it again and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a top of the line very nice and fast laptop. Of course all of the above is strictly my opinion and of this specific laptop I received.
Here are the primary reasons I picked this computer (my non-negotiables), and how they're performing for me:
17.3" non-glare screen, true HD resolution
I'm a photographer and really should be using a desktop for optimal screen quality but I can't be bothered to tether myself down like that. This screen is large, tack-sharp, evenly lit with no glare, bleeding or other annoyances. I still have to figure out the auto brightness adjust. It can be distracting (and a bit annoying if you're prone to becoming annoyed) because it seems to adjust itself based on the brightness of the content being displayed, not the ambient light. I may have to turn off the auto feature.
Worth every extra penny paid for this feature! I work in the dark a lot, usually while the rest of my family is watching TV. They HATE it when I turn on a light so I can see my function keys, etc. This solves that problem, and it works beautifully. Go to the Samsung support center for help optimizing how this works. Many people think it breaks immediately, but it's a setting that needs to be adjusted. The chicklet keypads are nice too, except the "J" key on my laptop is not seated quite right -- it sticks up in the corner and I can't figure out how to fix it. Note that the J and F have the little raised bump to help you orient yourself on the keyboard by touch.
USB 3.0 ports
I routinely download 16GB of photos to my laptop. My old computer required 30 or more minutes to do this. Quite honestly, I haven't downloaded a full set of pictures yet, so I'll have to return to let you know how that goes. I can tell you that when transferring my iTunes library of 42GB, it took 45 minutes to get it off my old computer (USB 2.0) and 10 minutes to get it onto the Samsung (USB 3.0).
3rd generation i7 processor
I'm not technical at all but I am good at research. This is the top of the line processor. My old computer had a 1st generation i5 processor which worked very well. Frankly, at this point I'm not seeing that much of a difference in speed or performance. If that changes, I'll update my review.
I'm not opposed to Windows 8 but I'm not ready to re-purchase all my photography software that won't run on it. So I wanted Windows 7, simple as that. And the HP Envy comes only with Windows 8, so I tossed it out of my pick-list.
1TB hard drive
The hard drive speed gets beat up pretty bad by reviewers. It has 4x the capacity of my old laptop, which was appealing, although I do still keep a 1TB external drive tethered to serve as back-up for my photos. (I don't trust my photos to be in just one location. The risk is too high.) I don't find the drive speed to be any different than my old one. But that may be why I can't see any difference from the i7 processor, either.
This touchpad gets a lot grief from folks. Let's face it, no trackpad is truly great except maybe the mac. But I like this one, even though I usually use a mouse. It doesn't interfere at all with my typing (honestly, do people LAY their arms on their computer when they complain of this? My wrists are nowhere near the mouse when I type!). And yes, the trackpad is centered to the alphabetical portion of the keyboard, not the center of the entire keyboard including the number keys. I can't imagine wanting the trackpad shifted over to be centered -- that seems counterintuitive to me since 99% of my time is spent on the alphanumeric keys, not the numeric touchpad.
Here is how the laptop is performing against some of the criticisms people have had:
I honestly don't know if I'm Wireless N in my house, but it connected fine the first time and has a strong signal -- just like my old laptop. No complaints whatsoever here.
Fan noise and heat
There is none of either. In fact, it's quieter and less hot than my other laptop. It does warm up after hours of use but it never gets hot. I can't use it to warm my freezing fingers like I could my old laptop! And it doesn't blow hot air from the side. I don't know how it's dissipating heat but it has been great.
And last, some of the features that weren't as important in making my purchase decision but that are worth pointing out:
The sound. Wow! All that from a laptop!?! But it's pretty annoying that volume controls are buried in the middle of the function keys, and you have to hit the Fn+F7 or Fn+F8 to control the volume from the keyboard. There's always the option of using the mouse from the taskbar...
The Samsung brand is right up there from my perspective. I don't trust Toshiba at all, HP is okay but seems finicky and just not up to snuff. Dell is great but overpriced and clunky looking, Acer and Asus just didn't have the features I wanted. Plus, there is no bloatware on this laptop! I was up and running within 3-5 minutes of taking it out of the box. No trial software to unload, opt out of, register, no prompts to buy this or that. Just what I need and nothing more. The computer does have a link to let you register it. Note that the serial number is silk-screened in tone-on-tone ink on the bottom of the machine and is virtually impossible to read. The Samsung online chat agent was able to immediately tell me how to get the serial # from the computer itself so I could register it. (And the only chat was available at midnight no less!)
Start-up time is fast, it is a pretty sleek looking computer. Nobody would ever mistake it for a Mac but it's not an embarassing brick, either.
One last thing. I noticed some of the larger laptops have little plastic feet on the bottom, presumably to let air flow around the base when the computer is on a hard surface. I can't imagine this would be comfortable on your lap! This Samsung has little rubber bumps that don't dig into your leg but would elevate it slightly on a hard surface.
I believe I made the right choice! Hopefully this information is helpful to you.
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