Samsung launches their first-ever gaming laptop

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In a seemingly bold move, Samsung has made the foray into new territory with their release of the Samsung Notebook Odyssey, the company’s first-ever gaming laptop. Announced at CES 2017, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey is poised to compete with similar gaming machines.

According to Samsung, the laptop is available in either a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch model, depending on the preference of the buyer. Both models pack a considerable punch through competitive features geared toward the high-performance requirements of gamers.

DESIGN

Both models are cooled using an advanced HexaFlow Vent technology to ensure optimal cooling and ventilation. The Samsung Notebook Odyssey is powered by a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor (Quad Core 45W). The displays on both models are high-definition, a pretty standard feature on gaming laptops.

What sets the Samsung Notebook Odyssey apart is the design of the machine. With a sleeker design, the laptop offers a degree of portability not common to typical gaming machines. Comparing the Samsung Notebook Odyssey to the Alienware 13, 15 and 17 we mentioned in an earlier article, the design contrasts are very clear. The Samsung Notebook Odyssey offers more of the portability you would expect in an everyday laptop but with the power you need in a gaming laptop.

SPECIFICATIONS

As mentioned, both models come kitted out with the usual HD displays and Intel® Core™ i7 processors (Quad Core 45W). The 15.6-inch model can be configured with up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and up to a 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, while the 17.3-inch model can be configured with up to 64GB DDR4 RAM and up to a 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD. Graphics on the 17.3-inch model are yet to be confirmed but the 15.6-inch model is powered by the NVIDIA GTX1050 GDDR5 4GB/2B. For those interested in peripherals, the usual array of ports are available with USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, LAN and for the 17.3-inch model, Type-C (Thunderbolt) ports.

CONCLUSION

We like the overall look of the Samsung Notebook and especially appreciate its design for mobility compared to other gaming laptops. The 15.6-inch model is due to begin shipping in February at a starting price of $1,199 while the release date and price of the 17.3-inch model are yet to be confirmed. While Samsung is not a traditional “big player” in the laptop industry, we anticipate the Notebook Odyssey to be rather popular among those wishing to combine the gaming experience with a machine that can be used in the office. This may certainly be a laptop to watch.

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Indrasen Moodley

Indrasen Moodley is an academic and tech enthusiast. He is passionate about all things tech, especially the use of technology to enhance teaching and our understanding of the world around us.

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