Bought in Augusr 2012. Power adapter blew after 2 weeks had to buy a new one for $99. After 6 months hard drive crashed and will just hang with blue hdd light on. Ran chkdsk had several bad clusters and scan ran for 24 hours without completing. It was the best laptop I had performance wise but for $1300 it only lasted 6 months.
I've just order one of these (the 700Z7C-S02UK). Already I'm nervous because of Samsung's misrepresentations and confusing model numbers. For example, the 700Z7C-01UK sold here in the UK does not come with a mini DisplayPort (something that's a deal breaker for me). I'm also quite disappointed that the UK (and it appears the EU) models also only have the nVidia 650M with 1GB of RAM (instead of the 2GB that the US model has). This kind of fragmentation is a bad thing. I even visited the UK's flagship store in Stratford to buy it in-store (even if it meant paying an extra £100). However, when I looked at the unit, the mini DisplayPort was missing. Instead, the model had a mini VGA. The salesperson was insisting it was a mini DisplayPort. I explained that I use mini DisplayPorts every single day, and I know what a mini VGA is.
I've also read elsewhere that while some of the models claim to support WiDi, they actually don't. See here for details:
What about the Samsung Notebook Serie 7 Chronos 700Z5C? Is it like the sister version of this 17 inch model, but in 15.6" screen? I am trying to find some reviews of that model.. so far, found nothing.
Good review, and very thorough. This is a very good laptop. It's lighter than HP Envy, Asus N Series or Dell XPS (I own an XPS 17 by the way). It's very quiet - 31db on idle mode. 40 db when playing games. BTW the screen is awesome and lot better then the 15 inch chronos display. Even better than the HP Envy which has some red orange problems. Here's some more info you need to know: http://www.squidoo.com/samsung-chronos-review