Sam­sung Note­book 7 Spin

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per­for­mance you’d see in a sys­tem with a dis­crete graph­ics chip—and in­deed, it doesn’t.

The Spin’s test re­sults tell the tale, es­sen­tially run­ning even with other quad-core sys­tems with in­te­grated graph­ics, and only moder­ately out­pac­ing the dual-core Vivo­book 5. Blow­ing all those sys­tems out of the wa­ter are the (con­sid­er­ably big­ger and pricier) Len­ovo Yoga 720 and Sam­sung Note­book 9 Pro, which boast dis­crete Ge­force and Radeon cores, re­spec­tively.

BAT­TERY LIFE

The Note­book 7 Spin’s bench­mark re­sults may not be quite as fast as its 8th-gen quad-core com­peti­tors, but it can cer­tainly out­last them.

We test lap­top bat­ter­ies by loop­ing a 4K video with the dis­play bright­ness set to about 250 nits and the vol­ume on half­way. The Spin’s 43WHR bat­tery lasted (on av­er­age) 468 min­utes, or about 7.8 hours, a fig­ure that out­strips the pep­pier In­sp­iron 13 5000’s time by more than two hours. Sound like we’ve got a case of the tor­toise and the hare (although call­ing the Note­book 7 Spin a tor­toise isn’t ex­actly fair).

In­ci­den­tally, the two lap­tops in our com­par­i­son that beat the Spin’s bat­tery life score ben­e­fit from their roomier shells and bat­tery ca­pac­ity.

BOT­TOM LINE

Like we said be­fore, speed isn’t every­thing, and in­deed, a wicked-fast ul­tra­book with a dead bat­tery won’t do you any good at all. So while the Sam­sung Note­book 7 Spin isn’t the fastest 2-in-1 con­vert­ible on the block, it boasts an en­tic­ing com­bi­na­tion of solid quad-core per­for­mance and im­pres­sive bat­tery life, all in a rea­son­ably small and af­ford­able pack­age.

PROS

• Gor­geous touch dis­play with HDR sup­port • Sen­si­tive ‘far-field’ mi­cro­phone

• Solid quad-core per­for­mance

CONS

• Per­for­mance slightly lags that of sim­i­lar lap­tops • Muddy VGA we­b­cam

BOT­TOM LINE

While the Sam­sung Note­book 7 Spin isn’t the fastest 2-in-1 con­vert­ible on the block, it boasts an en­tic­ing com­bi­na­tion of solid quad-core per­for­mance and im­pres­sive bat­tery life, all in a rea­son­ably small and af­ford­able pack­age.

$900

Sam­sung skimped on an SD card reader for the Spin, but at least there’s a fin­ger­print reader em­bed­ded in the power but­ton.

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