The Bottom Line
Jan 18 2012 - Samsung's Series 7 all-in-one is a valiant attempt to enter the desktop market with a few very unique features such as a touch screen that can fold fully flat. It also features a nice touch software layer than many touchscreen based PCs lack. Finally, the HDMI input and output are useful especially since it doesn't include a Blu-ray drive. All of this is hindered by a number of smaller problems such as a lower performance, integrated graphics and a hinge that makes touchscreen use difficult when it isn't folded flat. Still, the aluminum clad system may suit the needs for those wanting a stylish touchscreen enabled desktop.
- Good Touch Software
- Screen Can Fold Down Flat
- HDMI Input And Output Connections
- Could Really Use Blu-ray
- Monitor Hinge Needs To Be Sturdier
- Integrated Graphics
- Intel Core i5-2390T Dual Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 2000 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA 5.1 Audio With 8 Watt Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- One USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI (input), HDMI (output), 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 22.1" x 15" x 8.4"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Touch Launcher
Review - Samsung Series 7 DP700A3B-A02US
Jan 18 2012 - Samsung's entry into the desktop market offers a few unique design aspects that are very much going to be hit or miss with the consumers. Rather than use a traditional pedestal or frame design, Samsung has put the display panel of the Series 7 directly atop the PC unit with a hinge that allows the display panel to lay back a full 90 degree or flat. This is particularly handy for when the touch interface of the display is in use but it has other problems. Essentially, the hinge is a bit too loose when it is not in the fully reclined position that makes using the touch interface difficult as it would frequently shift or rock. Additionally, the optical drive portion of the base sticks out of the front right hand side of the display which somewhat disrupts the overall lines of the system.
In terms of performance, the system does use a desktop class process which is a good thing but the choice of processor is a bit more confusing. Rather than use one of the many new and powerful models, they elected to use a lower power consumer Core i5-2390T dual core model. This puts it behind the performance of the Apple iMac 21-inch model which is it clearly aimed at not to mention just about every other competing model. Of course, most users probably would not notice much of different unless they are doing more demanding computing such as video editing. Now, Samsung does much of for this somewhat by including 8GB of DDR3 memory that helps the system run smoothly under a large number of applications.
Storage wise, the Samsung Series 7 is a bit disappointing. With its $1200 price tag, much of the competition is outfitting their systems with Blu-ray compatible optical drives. Samsung has elected to instead include a standard dual-layer DVD burner. Beyond the optical drive, the features are pretty typical with a 1TB hard drive that offers a fair amount of storage space for applications, data and media files. There is also a single USB 3.0 port that allows for easy connection of high speed external storage in case this isn't enough space. This port also features the power charging when the system is off. It would have been better if they placed this on one of the four USB 2.0 ports as they tend to be the ones used with mobile phones, tablets and media devices that would require the charging but not be full USB 3.0 speed compatible.
The 23-inch display of the Samsung Series 7 features a multitouch capable interface that is all the rage with just about every Windows based system. The difference here, is that Samsung has put together a touch software suite that many do not. Those closest comparison would be HP's TouchSmart (soon to be Magic Canvas) software. Both run atop of the Windows 7 interface that allow for quick launching of touch enabled applications and quick data organization. HP's implementation still offers more overall features and programs but it is good to finally see another company trying to offer more for the touchscreen than Windows 7's limited touch features.
One unfortunate aspect of the display system though is the graphics subsystem. Rather than using a dedicated graphics option like much of the competition in this price range, Samsung has elected to rely solely on the Intel HD Graphics 2000 that is built onto the Core i5 processor. This is fine for most basic tasks and even allows for some media acceleration when using QuickSync compatible applications but it still is very limited. It does not offer Direct X 11 graphics capabilities let alone performance for even casual 3D gaming. In addition, dedicated graphics offer better overall acceleration for non-3D applications such as Photoshop.