First Look: Samsung NoteBook Odyssey 17

Samsung has been reinventing itself in the computing world with an excellent Ultrabook, a bargain convertible, superb Windows 10 tablet, and now it’s next frontier is gaming.

Enter the Notebook Odyssey 17, Samsung’s first gaming laptop and proof the company is very serious about delivering the experience and aesthetics gamers crave.

For what is the company’s first gaming laptop, Samsung got a lot right with the design of the Odyssey 17. Its simple, smooth and all-black exterior is a nice minimalistic breath of fresh air in an ocean of gaudy, overwrought designs.

When folded up, the only noticeable feature is the Odyssey logo that lights up. What’s more, the logo is patterned beneath a transparent framing to liven things up even when the laptop is off or asleep.

Open up the laptop and you’re treated to an full RGB keyboard, which is still only available on a few Razer, MSI and Aorus laptops so far. On top of just looking great, these are some of the biggest keycaps we’ve ever seen on a notebook keyboard while offering solidly tactile feedback.

Additionally, the trackpad has a bit of flair of its own with an light up rhombus surrounding the pointing device. We feel it’s a bit superfluous, but we’re always open to something we’ve seen never on any gaming notebook before.

The most alluring aspect of the Odyssey 17 is its gorgeous 17-inch matte screen. Although, Samsung is only offering a Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080), you’ll be too busy being mesmerized by its HDR like colors.

Beyond looks, Samsung promises the Odyssey 17 be an high-performance engine featuring quad-core Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processors. Graphics options have yet to be announced, but give the size of this laptop we can imagine a Nvidia GTX 1070 or higher is in the cards. 

Systems can also be configured with up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD,  Dual SSD plus an HDD and other triple storage drive arrangements. If users want to further upgrade their system, they can easily pop off the bottom cover, which is also heavily vented to act as intakes for Samsung’s unique HexaFlow Vent system.

Despite all the power packed into this machine, the Samsung claims the Odyssey 17 will only weigh 3.79kg. Comparatively, that’s much lighter than other 17-inch desktop replacement beasts like the Origin EON17-X and the MSI GT73VR Titan Pro, but not quite as light as the spectacularly thin Razer Blade Pro.

Overall, the Odyssey 17 looks like a very promising platform from which Samsung pans to launch its gaming aspirations. The 17-inch laptop has made a great impression with us and gets many things right on its first go, and we can’t wait to see the full specs on this machine and test it in our full review.

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