Best laptop brands Samsung laptops
About Samsung laptops
Samsung has been making great strides with its laptop range in the last few years, and it's now a real contender against the other big players. It groups its laptops by type into Essential, Ultra Portable and High Performance models. Even the cheaper models have a nice design, which sets them apart from the often clunky-looking competition.
The average spend on a Samsung laptop among Which? members is £539, which is less than the average price paid overall. Samsung isn't one of the most common brands, but the number of Which? members who own one has gone up slightly since the last survey.
Find out how Samsung laptops rate in our Samsung laptop reviews.
Samsung laptops - the Which? verdict
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Testing Samsung laptops
On the whole, we've been impressed by the Samsung models we've tested. They score well for performance and convenience, with screen quality in particular impressing our experts. Samsung has moved to anti-reflective matte screens on all its laptop ranges, which means they are ideal for those who dislike reflections.
We've tested Samsung laptops costing from as little as £349 to as much as £1,129, though most models come in at under £500.
Samsung's laptop ranges
Within its laptop types, Samsung has also sorted its models into a number of ranges - Series 3, 5, 7 and 9. As you might expect, the higher the number, the more premium the model. Like most laptop series, each contains a number of different models which you can buy in a number of specifications.
- Series 3 (prices start at around £350) Series 3 models generally fall into the Essential range, although there are a few 'ultra portable' ones. They generally have 15.6 inch screens and the same slim bezel as the models in the more expensive series - Samsung claims this is up to 60% slimmer than the bezel on the older-style RV and RC laptops, so the screen size is maximised. 17-inch screen series 3 models fall under Samsung's high performance category.
- Series 5 (prices start at around £600) Samsung's answer to the ultrabook is the Series 5 Ultra. Available in 13 and 15-inch models, this series uses Intel's second generation Core i5 processors and is claimed to start up in just 20 seconds after switching it on. Both sizes are super slim and use solid state drive (SSD) storage.
- Series 7 (prices start at around £750) The Series 7 Chronos is not an ultraportable like the Series 5 or 9, but offers a more powerful performance than the Series 3. It comes in a 15.6-inch screen size, and would be ideal as a desktop replacement thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor and larger storage options.
- Series 9 (prices start at around £950) The top-of-the range series 9 is already on its second generation, having made a number of improvements following customer feedback, according to Samsung. It doesn't come cheap, but you wouldn't expect it to as a high-spec ultrabook. Models have a 13.3-inch display and fit Intel's ultrabook specifications - using Intel's latest generation of Core i processors and measuring less than 18mm thick.