CES 2017: Samsung unveils Notebook Odyssey for gamers

Gamers know Samsung for its high-quality smartphones (well, except for the Samsung Note 7). Samsung makes other products too, including laundry machines, refrigerators and even laptops.

Its laptops are generally decent enough, although no one thinks of them as high-powered gaming laptops. Apparently, Samsung wants to enter this specific market, as the company decided to reveal the new Samsung Notebook Odyssey line at the CES in Las Vegas this week. A press release was posted on their website.

YoungGyoo Choi, Senior Vice President of the PC Business Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, offered a few words in the promotional material:

“Today, serious and even casual gamers seek computing devices that not only pack power for intense graphics-rich games but also feature a stylish and portable design. We’re excited to expand our PC portfolio with a premium gaming solution featuring refinements in design, cutting-edge technology and enhanced gaming usability.”

In terms of power, experienced laptop gamers can analyze the specs more closely, but it looks good at first glance. It is “Powered by a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor (Quad Core 45W).”

In addition, “the Samsung Notebook Odyssey 17.3-inch offers a beautiful viewing experience including a backlight that goes up to 300 nits (280 nits on 15.6-inch) in brightness for crystal clear images.”

As for ease of use, the “keyboard includes advanced features including ergonomically curved keycaps.” On the 17.3 version, the backlit color of the keycaps can be chosen.

Also, Samsung hopes to make sharing files between the PC and smartphone easier. The Notebook Odyssey “includes exclusive software solutions for peer-to-peer sharing with other devices.”

The demo build displayed on the floor showed two bright red lights surrounding the touchpad. The lighting on the keyboard matched the lighting around the touchpad, making for a nice effect where it looked almost on fire.

Surprisingly, the Notebook Odyssey does not use USB-C ports in the 15.6 version. For the 17.3-inch laptop, Samsung offers USB-C and USB 3.0. Slowly, but surely, USB-C is becoming the next standard in ports.

No final price or release date is available.

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