Just before the release of Intel’s Haswell processor, Samsung is launching ATIV Book 7 ultrabooks with premium touchpad, 1080p screen, and SSD, but the Core i5 processor is still Ivy Bridge.
Samsung had refreshed its ATIV Books with LTE capability and 1080p display not too long ago. The premium ATIV Book 7, we first saw at CES in Las Vegas is making a debut and shipping for $1,060 with no configuration option. Samsung is likely to add Haswell cpu and other options like higher SSD, and RAM later.
The look and feel is premium, especially for a mid-range ultrabook such as Book 7. Though it is an ultrabook with 18.8 mm (0.74 inch) thickness, it is on the heavier side at 1.6 kg (3.64 lb).
The hardware available today is 1.8GHz Intel’s Core i5 chip, integrated Intel HD 4000 gpu with 4GB of RAM. The 128GB solid state drive starts up ATIV Book 7 in 8 seconds, writes in 137 MB/s speeds and reads on average in speeds of 545 MB/s, all better than average speeds for ultrabook. The noise is much lower than in most ultrabooks, certainly much lower than Toshiba Kirabook ultrabook.
Samsung ATIV Book 7 features a vibrant, but glossy 13.3-inch, 1080p display with 350-nit brightness. The sound requirements are ever so bigger than they used to be. Book 7 offers JBL stereo speakers.
Portwise the Book 7 is well equipped. There are two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, HDMI port, Kensington lock, headphone jack, and SD card reader.
The 57Wh battery promises 6 plus hours on a charge. In ultrabooks, this is about an average. New Intel Haswell processor launching on June 3rd is said to improve the battery life by 50 percent, so you may want to wait.
Samsung ATIV Book 7 has as most premium ultrabooks a backlit keyboard. Samsung’s keyboards are rarely targets of bad reviews. The craftsmanship is immaculate, the travel distance just right, the spacing and size of buttons as well. The trackpad is responsive and accurate.
Note: Samsung ATIV Book 7 is not to be mistaken for upgraded Samsung Series Chronos 7, which under new branding is called ATIV Book 8.
Check out engadget for benchmark comparisons of Book 7 and other current ultrabooks.
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