Samsung 740U3E Series 7 Ultra 13.3-inch Touch Screen Laptop - (Intel Core i5 3337U 1.8GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Radeon Graphics, Windows 8)
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When you’re really busy you need to be really productive - even on the move. Weighing only 1.65 kg and just 18.9 mm thick, the Series 7 Ultra provides maximum portability and versatility. It's extremely easy to carry and will slip into almost any bag or case, but still incorporates comprehensive functionality for optimum performance wherever you go. Why trade off style for long-lasting performance, when you can enjoy outstanding design and durability without compromise. A full aluminum metal body provides an elegant and powerful look and is also extremely safe to carry as it’s more than capable of withstanding everyday bumps and knocks. So you really can go anywhere, do anything and always look amazing.
Top Customer Reviews
The machine chassis is wholly aluminium not only making it durable and visually rather beautiful, it also ensure it is very rigid and not liable to suffer from torsional flex.In performance terms, it is a well balanced offering, it scores 4.9 on the win8 performance index, in day-to-day usage it feels very snappy, in no small part I suspect thanks to the (128gb) SSD drive.
The machine offers standard (gigabit) ethernet and HDMI ports, which in this category is probably rather unusual but of course very welcome. There is a proprietary VGA port too.
The full HD (touch)screen is probably the highlight of the package, very crisp.
All in all a really well balanced, aesthetically impeccable offering from Samsung.
The good: Well very good, HD screen, makes videos and photos look really good. You have to get rid of the automatic light sensor though which keeps the screen too dark.
Speedy start up both cold and from sleep, no different to my partners Mac Air.
Slim and sturdy. But it looks easily upgradeable, which I will do in future, particularly the SSD.
Runs a number of applications easily, and I'm using a reasonably complex video editing package with no issues.
Not quite as good: For me the screen could go a little brighter. I rarely have it off the top setting, and down to half-way videos can look dark.
Battery life isn't as good as my old laptop. With brightness up and Wi-Fi on I'm looking at 4/ 4:30. I was looking for 5:30 up to be honest.
It's really not a big SSD, even after you create a boot USB and free up the recovery partition. I have a number of files now on Drop Box and not the laptop. Dropbox is currently free for me but won't be in two years.
For £699 though I would give it 5 stars. For a grand you can now do better, the Series 7 391 for example. Even the Sony 13 pro, direct from the website had good offers.
Also for a grand you can pick up a new Mac Air. Screen not as good, but with the new processor, and MAC OS you've got mammoth battery life, and it shifts.
I didn't have a grand, and at £699 it was too good to miss.
The power plug fits loosely, which may be deliberate to prevent the machine from being catapulted across the room when you trip over the mains lead. It's the only potential weakness so far apparent - I fear it may get looser over time and not connect positively.