Gaming laptops are among the top choices for consumers today and Samsung isn’t leaving anything on the table. The Korean electronics giant is finally dipping into the gaming sector with the unveiling of Samsung Notebook Odyssey at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
The new offering come in two configurations for hardcore players, though they are likely to fall slightly short of the best specifications available for a gaming laptop. The Notebook Odyssey sports either a 15.6 or 17.3-inch screen and packs a 7th-generation Kaby Lake quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU. The laptop also includes up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2.4GHz. The 15-inch model provides two SODIMM slots while the 17-inch variant offers four SODIMM slots.
Samsung’s new offerings incorporate up to 256GB of PCIe SSD storage and a 1TB hard drive. The laptops boast a Full HD 1920×1080 display with anti-glare coating and 4K video support. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory powers the machines, though this graphics card is not top of the line for gaming.
The keyboard also features LED backlighting and highlighted WASD keys. The 17-inch model’s keyboard has individual-key backlighting. Samsung’s 15-inch Notebook Odyssey should stay awake for up to eight hours with the 43Wh battery while the 17-inch model packs a larger 93Wh battery.
Samsung also slapped removable panels into the laptops for upgradability and squeezed a new ventilation system called HexaFlow Vent, arranged in a visually arresting pattern along the bottom of the laptops.
While Samsung’s Notebook Odysseys might seem a little too late in a segment already dominated by the likes of Dell’s Alienware or HP’s Envy, the company’s first gaming laptops promise a solid performance for consumer-level players.
Shipment for the 15.6-inch Notebook Odyssey will begin in February at a starting price of $1,199. The 17-inch model will hit shelves later in the spring, though its pricing is still unavailable right now. All models will be available in black or white color options.
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