Samsung is mostly making news about its new Series 7 Gamer, which is clearly a powerful machine, but for those looking for a less bulky desktop replacement / gaming laptop, the new Ivy Bridge and Kepler-equipped Series 7 Chronos is also interesting. While not as powerful as its gaming counterpart, the Series 7 Chronos still gives you a 17-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel panel to play with, and perhaps more important is that it contains a great deal of weight-saving aluminum that brings the weight down to just 6.26 pounds (2.8 kg)–an exceptionally low number for a 17-3-inch laptop. It is also less than an inch thick (0.98) and sports an edge-to-edge display. The Series 7 Gamer is not overly bulky either, but weighs down the scale to 8.39 pounds and is also thicker at 1.29 inches.
In terms of processing power, there isn’t much difference between the Chronos and the entry-level Gamer (NP700G7C); the Chonos ships with a Core i7-3615QM, which is identical to the i7-3610QM in the Gamer, aside from that fact that the Chronos version of the Ivy Bridge chip has to be soldered onto the motherboard.
The graphics card in the Chronos–an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M–is clearly not as powerful as the GTX 675M in the Gamer model, but judging from a few early benchmarks, the newer and more power-efficient, 28nm GT 650M (same GPU as in the new M14x R2) is quite close to the GTX 660M and not as far behind the GTX 675M as Nvidia’s naming scheme implies. It’s also worth mentioning that the 675M is actually a renamed GTX 580M (Fermi) and not a new Kepler-based GPU.
Another important factor is that the Chronos comes in at $1,499 list price (but is already listed for $1,399 on Amazon). The Gamer, on the other hand, will set you back $1,899. Unfortunately you only get 8 GB of RAM with the Chronos vs. 16 GB with the Gamer and less storage space (1 TB vs. 1.5 TB). Both are however equipped with an SSD cache drive that boosts overall performance without compromising on storage space.
Taking into account the difference in weight, design and pricing, it nevertheless looks like the Chronos is an alternative worth considering.