Not to be left out of the slew of laptops taking advantage of Intel's new eighth-generation processors, Samsung has announced the new Notebook Odyssey Z, its latest gaming laptop. With a sleek silver exterior, the Notebook Odyssey Z is on the flashy side. But it backs up those looks with the hardware and cooling that could make it an attractive option for gaming on the go.
On the inside, Samsung has packed the Notebook Odyssey Z with Intel's eighth-generation Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage. In the graphics department, the Odyssey Z includes NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 Max-P graphics with 6GB of video memory. Taken together, those specs should be powerful enough to push respectable framerates while on the go.
Where Samsung has made things particularly interesting is in its approach to cooling, which is pretty important when you're talking about a compact gaming machine. The company says it implemented a vapor chamber, along with a specialized cooling design and blowers to keep things cool. From Samsung:
The custom designed Dynamic Spread Vapor Chamber is an intelligently made airflow, which covers both GPU and CPU from edge to edge for optimal heat management, so you can game at full performance with peace of mind. The Vapor Chamber is aided by Z AeroFlow Cooling Design, to efficiently push the cold air to the hottest parts of the device above and below simultaneously, whilst expelling the warm air out from the vents. Two built-in Z Blade Blowers add sophistication to the Odyssey Z's thermal architecture, ensuring a sweat free gaming session.
Rounding things out are crater keycaps for the keyboard, a new touchpad design located on the right side, and dedicated shortcut keys for capturing gameplay. Samsung has also thrown in a silent mode, which it says will limit fan noise to 22 decibels.
According to Samsung, the Notebook Odyssey Z is expected to launch in Korea and China in April. Availability in the U.S. is expected sometime in Q3 2018. As for how much it will cost you, no pricing information is available just yet. For now, Samsung's original Notebook Odyssey is available starting at $1,199.
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