The Samsung Notebook 7 is an attractive 2-in-1 laptop in the competition but it is held back from the hall of fame by its shallow keyboard and short battery life.
PROS: Offers solid performance. Solid design and build. Discrete Nivida Graphics
CONS: Poor webcam. Too heavy for tablet mode. Shallow keyboard
The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is an exceptional 15-inch mid-range 2-in-1 laptop with a superb performance.
The laptop has its house in order in terms of speed, display, build quality, connectivity and storage as it packs decent features. The Samsung Notebook 7 spin comes with a 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-6500U, coupled with 16GB of RAM.
There is an Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB of VRAM, and a 1TB 5,400 rpm HDD and a 128GB SSD. This is more than enough for heavy multitasking.
If the 15.6-inch display is too big for you, Samsung offers a 13.3-inch convertible Notebook 7 spin with Core i5 and integrated Intel HD Graphics 520. The highlight point of the notebook is Video HDR mode that makes content sharper, colors more vivid, and popping textures.
The Samsung notebook 7 sports an all-silver aluminum body with black keys. Its color scheme and design resemble that of the Apple MacBook Pro. The laptop measures 14.74 x 0.78 x 10.11 inches and weighs 5.1 pounds thus making it neither the thinnest nor the lightest system in the competition.
The Acer Aspire R14 is thinner and lighter at 13.54 x 9.65 x 0.73 inches and weighing at 4.07 pounds. Additionally, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, is both thinner and lighter measuring at 13.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches and weighing 3.9 pounds.
The laptop comes with a one 360-hinge that allows the display to be placed into four different modes. Its display rotates all the way, letting you use it in normal laptop mode, stand, tent, or tablet mode. The bottom of the laptop is coated with a rubberized layer, which provides a nice bit of grip, and prevents the computer from moving around on your lap.
The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is powered by a 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U processor, coupled with 16GB DDR3 SDRAM. The Notebook 7 notched a score of 7,132, on the overall performance measurement which is under the mainstream laptop average of 7,521.
It still outperformed laptops in its category including the HP Spectre x360 (6,376), the Dell Inspiron 15 (6,499) and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (7,064). There is a 1TB hard drive for ample storage of your documents, music, videos and movies. The laptop gets better with the addition of a 128GB SSD for faster boot times and loading of programs. Surprisingly, the laptop packs an Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card with 2GB of VRAM, which is far better than the integrated graphics seen in almost every convertible laptop.
The discrete graphics card gives the Notebook 7 an upper hand among convertibles in gaming. The laptop gives below 30fps on the Heaven and valley gaming tests on medium settings.
The connectivity department is well staffed featuring two USB 2.0 Ports and one USB 3.0 Port for fast data transfers. There is the latest USB Type C capable of outputting to 4K displays with an optional adapter.
There is also an audio output jack for listening to your music or watching movies silently. There is an HDMI port for extending the display to larger screens such as monitors, HDTVs and projectors to enjoy watching your movies in Full HD. The laptop does not come with a CD/DVD drive in an attempt of keeping the notebook slimmer and thinner.
It however, goes an extra mile to include an Ethernet jack for wired internet connections. There is also WI-Fi 802.11ac which offers fast connections speeds to the internet and Bluetooth.
The 15.6 full HD touch-screen display comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels that is more sharp and vibrant. Samsung ensured that the display is future-proof with the introduction of the High Dynamic range technology.
The Video HDR mode apparently makes content sharper, colors more vivid, and a popping textures. It instantly optimizes the video experience, so that every little detail comes to life, drawing users in to all the action.
The LED screen allows for more of the sRGB color spectrum to be displayed for better defined dark scenes. It also provides for more nuanced, realistic colors in streaming videos and games that support the new technology.
The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin includes a full size keyboard plus a number pad. The keys are generously sized hence you are not likely to hit anything by accident while typing.
The trackpad on the Notebook 7 is remarkable. It is in every way as intuitive and responsive as a MacBook trackpad with no misclicks and accidental icon dragging. The trackpad doesn’t feel buggy and the mouse doesn’t hop around the screen as if possessed. This is outstanding for a Windows machine.
The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin features a 45Whr battery that should give you more than 9 hours of usage as Samsung claims. In reality you will get around 6 hours of usage, but it is safe to keep your charging adapter close.
The 13.3 inch of the Samsung model should give you more juice as it features the same battery with a much less consuming screen. The laptop comes with a ‘fast charging’ feature with the battery charging to 20 percent during our testing in under 20 minutes and it took less than two hours for a full charge.
As such, the Samsung Notebook 7 spin sits on the upper echelons of the fastest-charging laptops available in the market.
The speakers on the notebook are not as loud as you would expect. The sound can fill a medium-sized conference room with the volume cranked to the maximum.
The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is a decent convertible laptop with a sharp and vibrant display that offers powerful performance in its category. The 15.6 inch display packs enough power with capable features including a fast core i7 processor and 16GB RAM for heavy multitasking. The inclusion of a discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card with 2GB of VRAM makes the laptop a comfortable gaming companion.
It is however, a heavy laptop that is best suited for home use that students may not admire to carry around. The laptop also faults in its battery life that can barely last you a whole day of handling casual work. If you don’t need the graphics performance, the HP Spectre x360 15t is beautiful and offers several hours of more battery life and amazing speakers.
The laptop packs all that you may need for everyday tasks but the Acer Aspire R14 is a little more appealing in terms of size and with same features in this category. If you are not considerate of the added size and price, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is still an attractive 2-in-1 laptop for you.