While Samsung is not one of the most popular convertible brands out there they certainly have an imminent presence in this 2-in-1 market. The previous 15 inch model from this series is followed by Samsung Notebook 7 Spin NP730QAA-K01US, a newly released smaller 13-inch version. Let’s check out then whether it was worth its salt.
CPU – Intel Core i5 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.6 GHz
GPU – Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory – 8 GB DDR3
Screen – 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) with 10-point touchscreen
Storage – 256 GB SSD
OS – Windows 10 Home edition
Performance- It’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor which is usually more than capable of handling your day-to-day chores. It’s accompanied by 8 gigs of RAM and a slightly smaller 256 GB SATA SSD. While it is in general pretty good for taking care of your web surfing and mail checking stuff it stood in almost all the tests behind more popular notebooks like Razer Blade 14, Lenovo Yoga 920 and Dell Inspiron 13 7000.
Display- The 13.3-inch PLS panel indeed is one the major centre of attraction. The average brightness of the panel is moderately high at 300 nits making sure that it’s usable in both indoor and outdoor conditions. The colours are pretty vibrant and rich. And to the glee of the users, it supports Windows Ink implying that you can take all your notes directly to the display of this 2-in-1 using a stylus.
Battery- While the battery backup isn’t anything that would be out of the world it certainly can survive those irritating not so long flights easily without needing you to put it back for charging. While streaming videos it fell only a hair short of that 8-hour mark. Not bad.
No SD card reader- The SD card reader is an indispensable part of the compact 13-inch notebooks like these. But for some reason, Samsung thought that it would a nice idea to not include that port. No wonder that it’s one of the major drawbacks of this convertible.
No stylus- That’s a really annoying feature of Samsung Notebook 7 Spin. Despite touting that $900 price tag it doesn’t ship with that stylus and as a result, you have to purchase that piece separately.
After giving it a fair amount of thinking I would say that it lies in between so-so and good. While there aren’t much of a handling or durability issues it certainly has some pitfalls. And looking at the alternatives I don’t think I’d possibly even think about buying it over the likes of Yoga or Razer Blade.