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By 24 July 2012 | Categories: gizmos

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Samsung's clout in the notebook space has been heavily boosted with their Series 9 ultra-thin last year, and their general line-up of notebooks is becoming more and more respectable. The new Chronos is a good case in point.

With all the hype around ultrabooks the past few months, it’s good to receive a regular notebook for review again, especially in the form of the Samsung Series 7 Chronos. With decent looks and great performance, this 15.6" model comes packaged in a brushed aluminium shell that denotes pure business.

Power with a punch

Although it’s no ultrabook in size, its weight of 2.3 kg and 24 mm height is commendable, especially if you consider that it provides not only a second generation Intel Core i7 quad core processor (2675QM @ 2.2 GHz), but also a graphics card via the AMD Radeon HD 6750M. This ensures that regular business duties are performed without even a hint of trouble, helped along with a very generous 8 GB scoop of RAM.
 
Once home, the latest games should survive with medium to high details settings. For faster boot-up times the Chronos combines the regular hard drive (in our model 500 GB) with an 8 GB SSD drive, know as the ExpressCache solution. This allows it to boot-up much faster (about 40 seconds till everything finished loading), than with only the regular hard drive.
 
With a fast processor and very decent battery life, the Samsung Chronos comes highly recommended.
 
All aboard

The keyboard and number pad fits in the same amount of space as many other machines provide for a keyboard only. Despite the keyboard’s smaller size we found it very easy to type on, while, as an added bonus, you can control the brightness of the backlighting.
 
Unfortunately the palmrests are slightly too large for our liking, while the mousepad could have benefited with a few millimetres’ move to the right. You won’t suffer due to lack of choice on the port side, since the Chronos includes a generous two USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfer (plus one USB 2.0), HDMI, a DVD drive and SD card reader.

Samsung’s conglomeration of the most common adjustments under their Easy Settings shortcut is also a definite plus, although we feel that the Korean tech giant could have done more to boost the sound of the rather ordinary onboard speakers.
 
To the point

With its above average performance and battery life, decent looks and added number pad, it’s difficult not to recommend Samsung’s Series 7 Chronos. Yours for R13 400.

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