The Good Large, high quality detachable screen with stand; a great full-size keyboard.
The Bad The number of I / O ports is small due to its size; too big to fit in most bags.
The Bottom Line The M70 is a huge laptop that you will never want anywhere near your knees. Despite this, its ingenious removable 19-inch screen is a pleasure to use, and although its performance is only average, it obliges its girth to provide a terrific battery life. If you are using a laptop that can really replace your regular desktop PC, the M70 is challenging
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In a world where it is often difficult to distinguish between new laptops, the Samsung M70 prides itself on being the first to use a 19-inch display. What’s more, the screen is fully removable, and it’s supposedly the first to support 16.7 million color 24-bit True Color graphics. It’s hard to ignore the fact that the laptop elsewhere is fairly ordinary, thanks to its moderately older components, so we’ve been eagerly looking to see if it has enough innovation in one area to make up for its shortcomings in others.
The Samsung M70 is one of the largest laptops on the market and, of course, it is the first to use a 19-inch screen. The entire block is 435 mm wide, which is roughly equivalent to two phonebooks nearby. In other words, you will have difficulty attaching it to a regular laptop bag, and at least a noticeable leather carrying case. After all, it’s not the kind of laptop you want to use on the train unless you have the particular pleasure of making sure your mates don’t have space to use their laptops.
In his honor, the M70 is quite stylish. Its silver and black design isn’t particularly appealing, but it does give off the high level of aesthetic sophistication we’ve come to expect from today’s Samsung products. At the top of the lid is the usual silver with the Samsung logo in the middle, and this is most striking to the open screen.
Samsung decided not to give the M70 a contrasting color keyboard, so most laptops are a sea of silver. It’s hard to notice that the sheer grip of the laptop allowed Samsung to include full-size keys and a separate numeric keypad, a feature appreciated by gamers and anyone needing to enter a large number of numeric data.
To the left of the keyboard are a number of control buttons
To the left of the keyboard are eight shortcut keys. Two are used to adjust the brightness of the screen and two to adjust the volume of the four integrated speakers and the lower disk (and ultimately) the subwoofer. Above these buttons are separate keys for launching movie playback software, an image viewer and an audio player. In addition, there is a key to launch AV Station Now, a media playback mode that works outside of Windows XP.
It’s impossible to talk about the M70 without mentioning its bold 19-inch screen. Not only is it extremely huge, it can also be detached from the laptop body and used as a standalone monitor for the M70 or any other PC at all. The screen is connected to the keyboard partition with its own video port and held in place by clips on both sides. To release the screen, you simply unzip the clips (which doubled as a keyboard stand) and slide it out of the keyboard section and go to your M-cradle. At the moment, the display is no different from a regular 19-inch TFT screen. The whole process is quite simple and can be completed in about 20 seconds, with some practice.
The screen is detached from the main unit very easily
Whatever the way, the screen is of the highest quality. Samsung says it’s the first laptop screen to support True Color – in other words, it says it can display 16.7 million colors (though we can’t verify it ourselves). Without going into too much technical detail, the M70 is one of the brightest and best that you’ll find on any laptop. While many laptops use a 6-bit TFT panel and are capable of mimicking 16.7 million colors, there are far fewer counterfeits in the M70’s color reproduction, making it ideal for graphic designers and digital lovers.
The M70 screen can be used as a standalone monitor
Our only fascination with this aspect of the M70 is the fact that there is no digital DVI output port on the body of the unit, even though there are analog D-Sub and DVI inputs on the screen – you need to use the VGA output when the screen is on its stand.
The M70 keyboard proved to be as useful as the big size, we think, but the touchpad of the mouse is a big disappointment. This seems very small compared to a huge screen, and the fact that it has a relatively low touch sensitivity by default means that you have to do two or three panel sweeps to move the cursor from one side of the screen to the other.
Expanding the touch pad is not a possible option here, as a wider mat can interfere with your hands as you type, so you may need to increase your mouse sensitivity and even better use an external USB mouse.
Although the M70 is largely progressive, it uses relatively outdated internal components. It uses a slightly outdated Intel 915GM chipset, its Intel GMA 950 graphics adapter, 1GB of DDR2 memory, and a relatively fast, if undeniably outdated Pentium M 2 GHz 2 GHz processor. In other words, it is the second-generation Centrino technology, which, although the most laudable information, pales in comparison to the new Centrino Duo technology sold on laptops such as Acer Travelmate 8204WLMi .
The 100GB M70 hard drive offers a decent amount of storage, but this is not enough to make any laptop a real replacement for a desktop PC. There is some consolation that it uses a dual-layer DVD Teac DV-W28EA DVD recorder that can burn up to 8.4 GB of data to a single compatible disc, but dual-layer media is more expensive than regular DVDs, and has not yet been recommended itself as a cost effective means of backing up your data.
The I70’s I / O connection is something mixed. It’s one of the few laptops that comes with the full 6-pin FireWire port, and it has a 5-in-1 memory card reader that supports all major card types, but has only four USB ports, so you may need to invest in a hub, if you have a large number of USB peripherals.
The performance of the Samsung M70 is not very inspiring. The main culprit is its single-core Pentium M processor, which, although clocked at 2 GHz, delivers performance that declines compared to smaller, newer laptops such as the 8204WLMi. Its PCMark 2005 2 903 rating indicates that it is quite capable of running daily programs effortlessly, but it is not well suited for multitasking, so you may need to limit yourself to one or two tasks at a time.
Although the M70 should be praised for its gaming abilities. He compiled 3DMark 2006 as a result of 967, which, while not spectacular, equates to decent real-world performance. It reached 56.9 frames per second during operation Doom 3 with a resolution of 1,024×768 pixels, just below the magic marker of 60 frames per second. It could manage only 38.3 frames per second at 1,280×1,024 pixels, but in the end the laptop can happily run most modern games with decent licking, albeit at a modest resolution.
One of the extraordinarily amazing factors behind the M70’s performance was its very long battery life. In our tests, it lasted nearly six hours, striking the laptop with its moderately aged components and such a huge screen. Despite the girth of the laptop, it proves that it can be taken on the road, the only real limitation of which is its clumsy form factor.
Edited by Maria Loykine
Additional editing by Nick Hade