Samsung's Notebook 7 Spin is a stylish, versatile work machine with power to spare. The 2-in-1 notebook's performance is impressive, and its versatile folding design is legitimately useful. Unfortunately, the system's shallow keyboard and lackluster battery life curtail its productivity potential a bit.
The Notebook 7 Spin looks and feels great, with a slim profile and a sturdy design. As the name implies, the system's lid spins back a full 360 degrees, letting you use the device like a large tablet. The hybrid design is handy for using touch-screen apps and showing off presentations to a small group, even if the 5 lb. system is a bit too hefty to carry around like a smaller tablet.
The system's roomy 15.6-inch display is equally attractive, producing sharp images and vivid colors. Other hardware highlights include a beefy 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-6500U processor with up to 16GB of RAM, a configuration that makes the heaviest multitasking buttery smooth. You also get an Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card, which makes the system capable of handling graphically intensive tasks like 3D modeling.
The Notebook 7's biggest weak point might be its keyboard, which feels too stiff and shallow for marathon typing sessions. You get just 1.36 millimeters of key travel on each stroke, which is less than the 1.5mm we consider the minimum on a work laptop. Deeper keys provide a more comfortable, desktop-like typing experience.
We were also disappointed by the system's longevity. It ran for just 5 hours and 53 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That lags well behind the times put up by rival laptops, including the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (7:52) and the HP Spectre x360 15t (8:27).
Check back for a full review of the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.