[Test] Series 7 Ultra: Samsung’s touch ultrabook

[Test] Series 7 Ultra: Samsung's touch ultrabook

Touch ultrabook for less than 1000 euros

Image 1: [Test] Series 7 Ultra: Samsung's touch ultrabook

Samsung’s new Ultrabook, the Series 7 Ultra is positioned under the 1000 euros mark. At this price, it tends to satisfy the will ofIntel to see more and moreUltrabooks affordable.

Combining mobility and performance, Ultrabooks have been worn for two years by Intel to create a Windows alternative to the MacBook Air. If the manufacturers were cautious in 2011, they almost all have a model, if not a range, Ultrabook. Samsung is expanding its offer with a less elitist device than its 9 Series.

Under its tight price, the South Korean manufacturer does not forget to integrate quality components and a beautiful finish in order to effectively counter the competition represented here by the Apple MacBook Air or the Zenbook from Asus.

Design and finish

The Series 7 Ultra is not a high end computer. However, it displays a very similar appearance by its brushed aluminum finish which covers its hull.

To find the plastic pieces, you have to search a bit. In the end, we discover the edge of the screen and the hinge cover, the only points that have not been metallized. Once in hand, its weight challenges. Once on the scale, he weighs 1.46 kg. This is quite a limit for a 13.3 inch machine. The competition is lighter with 1.3 kg for the MacBook Air or 1.2 kg for the Aspire S5Acer.

Compressed in the 13-inch yoke, the 7 Series Ultra is no better than any other. On the other hand, its thickness has everything to envy to the S9, its elder, elected the thinnest PC in the world with 15 millimeters at the thickest point. For its part, the Series 7 Ultra flourishes with 18 mm, the limit set by Intel so that a 13-inch laptop can be called Ultrabook. Without doubt a method to limit costs.

Samsung Series 7 Ultra: from 900 euros

Image 2: [Test] Series 7 Ultra: Samsung's touch ultrabookAn irregular connection

In addition to its angular and severe features, the 7 Series Ultra has fairly complete connectivity for an Ultrabook. On its left side, there is a USB 3.0, a real port HDMI, a minijack, an Ethernet port and another video output. The latter however requires an adapter converting it into VGA. Unlike Acer or Asus, Samsung did not see fit to integrate it into the package. It’s too bad. The other part of the connection is deported to the right: an SD port and two USB 2.0 ports. Only one USB 3.0 for this machine. It’s a little mean, especially in 2013 when we talk more and more about USB 3.0 and even Thunderbolt.

To finish on the connection, we will simply draw attention to the Ethernet and SD reader ports. They are protected by plastic covers which are highly doubtful of their solidity over time.

Let’s finish on the cooling of the machine. If it doesn’t make noise, it doesn’t heat either. Samsung is not one to push the hot air circuit down. Also, the Series 7 Ultra can be used on the knees without risk of overheating. Once passed through the machine, air is discharged between the keyboard and the screen. A method already proven by Apple on its MacBooks.

Verdict: The appearance of the Series 7 Ultra is quite boorish. It is no less well finished. We see that Samsung has cut back on a few things like the USB ports or the thickness in order to be able to contain the final price below 1000 euros.