Samsung is reintroducing the lucky number seven to its notebook lineup with its latest 3-in-1, the Notebook 7 Spin. Announced today, it comes with either 13- or 15-inch screen sizes, and is geared primarily toward entertainment uses.
As a 3-in-1 design, the Notebook 7 has a display that rotates through 360 degrees. That means you can use it as a traditional laptop, a tablet, or a tent for watching videos. It's compatible with Windows 10's Continuum feature, which automatically adjusts the display and input modes based on the device's orientation.
As 3-in-1s go, this one is relatively affordable. Its base 13-inch version starts at $799, and comes with a full HD LED touch-screen display, a Core i5 processor, and 8GB of RAM. Stepping up to the $999 15-inch model adds a Core i7, 12GB of RAM, and dedicated Nvidia graphics.
You can also pay $200 more for a hybrid drive configuration and 16GB of RAM. If you already have an SSD, you can add it yourself, though Samsung recommends professional installation.
The smaller version weighs in at 3.9 pounds, while the 15-inch is a hefty 5 pounds—that's pushing the lower limit of desktop-replacement territory. Both models include a 45Wh battery, but Samsung didn't specify how long it's expected to last. It does include quick charging, though, which means 20 minutes of charging adds two hours of battery life.
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If you're considering this 3-in-1 primarily for video playback, you'll appreciate the HDR mode, which approximates the clarity and visual colors you'd get from an HDR-enabled display.
The Notebook 7 doesn't skimp on connectivity. You get a USB 3.0 port, a USB-C port, and
two USB 2.0 ports. Those are complemented by HDMI and an SD card reader, and an Ethernet connection if for some reason you need it.
The Notebook 7 arrives on June 26 at Best Buy, BestBuy.com, and Samsung.com.