Desktops and Notebooks: Samsung Series Laptops, Chrome-Based PCs Look to Make an Impact
The Samsung Series 7 Gamer
In order to be a PC player, a company needs a high-end gaming machine. Samsung's Series 7 Gamer laptop, which sports a 17.3-inch high-definition LCD display, fits the bill. At a starting price of $1,899, this laptop offers Intel's third-generation Core i7 along with an Nvidia GeForce GTX675M graphics chip. There's 16GB of main memory and 1.5TB of storage, and the laptop runs Windows 7, although there is no word on whether it will upgrade to Windows 8. Dolby Home Theater provides the audio for the gaming experience. The laptop does weigh more than 13 pounds, so the portability aspect is somewhat limited.
When it comes to mobile devices and smartphones, Samsung is considered the world's top-selling company, outselling even Nokia, which held the crown for many years. However, when it comes to PCs, specifically laptops, the company is far behind the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Dell. In fact, Samsung doesn't even crack the top 5 in terms of shipments. In PC shipments, Samsung ranks eighth worldwide, but the company did grow 7 percent year-over-year, according to Gartner's 2012 first-quarter report on the global PC market. However, Samsung is looking to change that with the same method it used to take the mobile crown. At a recent New York City event, the company showed off several laptops based on Windows 7 and using Intel's newer Ivy Bridge chips. In addition, the company is ready to jump on the Windows 8 bandwagon later this year. Samsung is also teaming up with its mobile partner, Google, to offer several Chrome-based PCs, including a revamped Chromebook and the Chromeboxa miniaturized desktop designed for small spaces. Still, does Samsung have the breadth and depth to compete with the other big PC players? Here's a look at what Samsung is offering for business users, as well as consumers.