Series 7 Gamer laptop by Samsung Corp.
$1,869.73 at Amazon.com
Nearly $1,900 for a laptop computer? Well, the Series 7 just barely counts as a laptop. Itís a 17-inch, nine-pound behemoth with a massive, brick-sized AC adapter which feels almost as heavy. This isnít the sort of machine you carry along on a business trip, unless your business is blowing up aliens.
The Series 7 Gamer is optimized for serious videogamers. Itís got an Intel Corp. Core i7 processor, one of the most powerful you can get, along with 16 gigabytes of RAM memory. Apart from its 1.5-terabyte hard drive, it packs 8 gigabytes of flash memory that lets it boot the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system in just a few seconds. Thereís also an advanced graphics chip and a Blu-Ray optical disk drive. And donít forget a massive set of Dolby speakers to simulate full surround sound.
I found the Series 7 Gamer delivered decent performance running a favorite shooter game, Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Graphics were decent though not spectacular. However, the game played smoothly, with no visual stutter, and it responded to every command without hesitation.
Iím not enough of a gamer to splash out this much cash. But if youíre in the market for a ferocious game machine thatíll (barely) fit in a backpack, the Series 7 is surely worth a look.
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