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Samsung Series 7 700G7A Gaming Notebook review

Samsung Series 7 700G7A - The Future Choice of Pro-Gaming

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Overall rating 9/10
Design:
9
Features:
9
Performance:
9
Value:
9
Mobility:
7.5
THE GOOD
Sleek design
Superb value
3D 1080p screen + Blu-ray drive
Great performance
THE BAD
Plastic construction
High power consumption
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Battery Performance and Portability Index

Battery Performance

Gaming notebooks seem to be doing better these days in terms of battery life. The era of the 40-minute power outage appears to be over, with most notebooks managing to hit at least the 1-hour mark. Samsung, who make their own batteries, have fitted the 700G7A with an 8-cell unit rated at 15.1V with an 89Wh capacity. In testing, the 700G7A performed better than the X770, but not as well as the M17X R3, lasting just over 1 ½ hours.

Specifications / Notebook Samsung Series 7 700G7A Alienware M17X R3 Toshiba Qosmio X770
Battery 15.1V / 89Wh 11.1V / 90Wh 14.4V / 47Wh
Dimensions 407.5 x 267 x 39.8 / 49.9mm 405 x 321 x 51 / 53mm 414 x 274 x 28 / 61mm
Weight 3.5 kg 5.3 kg 3.4 kg

 

Power consumption for the 700G7A is quite high, even in terms of gaming notebooks, with the 700G7A performing much worse than both of its competitors.

 

Portability Index

Our Portability Index measures how portable a machine is based on a simple formula of battery uptime divided by the product of the unit's weight and volume (the lower the score, the less portable the unit is). Gaming notebooks, with their big size, heavy hardware and low battery life generally fare badly in this test, and they’re not really designed with portability in mind anyway. Having said that, the 700G7A did score better than its peers, beating every 17-inch notebook except for HP’s Pavilion dv7 (which isn’t a gaming notebook).