Since Ivy Bridge finally trotted down the yellow brick road, there’s been a growing number of tin-men waiting for their hearts. Samsung’s 17-inch Series 7 Chronos, it seems, was also a member of that club. We first saw the desktop replacement back at CES, and that “next-gen” processor we reported is confirmed as a 2.3GHz i7 3615QM, while the suspected ATI GPU seems to have been switched out for an NVIDIA GeForce 650M. Memory and storage are taken care of by 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB SATA HDD respectively. For your human inputs, that 17.3-inch (1920 x 1080) non-reflective screen will fill your eyes, while JBL speakers take care of your ears. As for the computer’s, there’s HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, a pair of standard USB ports and a memory card slot, not forgetting the Blu-ray drive too — if you like things optical. If this is enough to make you put your desktop to sleep, then get ready to lay down the (to be determined) asking price once it’s set free from the Witch’s castle factory (at some point in the near future).
And then there were three. The first time we saw Samsung’s Series 7 Chronos, we knew it was going to be offered in two mainstream sizes — 14 and 15.6 inches — but now we know the line’s going to include a desktop replacement as well. The company’s soon to ship a 17-inch model with a matte, 300-nit, 1080p display, next-gen Core i7 processor, JBL speakers and some unspecified ATI graphics card with 2GB of video memory. As you’d imagine, the industrial design is what you’ll find on the 15-inch version we reviewed, and the laptop incorporates the same SuperBright display used on the Series 5 Chromebook and Ultrabooks. Which is to say it’s bright with decent viewing angles, though not quite as sunny as the screens used on Samsung’s Series 9 laptops. No word yet on when and where it’ll go on sale, but we’re hearing it’ll run for $1,499 when it does arrive in the US. In the meantime, we’ve got some requisite hands-on photos below for your viewing pleasure.
Thin and light may be the name of the game for many when it comes to mobile computing, but there’s still plenty of folks who need a full-featured portable machine. Samsung’s Series 7 Chronos is just such a PC, packing an optical drive, numpad and discrete graphics beneath a brushed aluminum façade. While it may look like just another MacBook Pro clone running Windows 7, this Sammy’s got some surprises up its sleeve that set it apart from Apple’s offering (aside from a $1,000 price difference) and other laptops running Redmond’s OS, for that matter. To find out what the Series 7 brings to the table and how it stacks up against its competition, you’ll have to read on past the break. Let’s get to it, shall we?