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Samsung Series 3 NP300E5C-A02US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Blue Silver)

by Samsung
22 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core_i5_3210M Processor 2.6GHz
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 750GB Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Product Description

Samsung Series 3 PC

From students to social networking enthusiasts, home office to the kitchen table, the Samsung Series 3 laptop was designed to keep you connected, entertained, and looking stylish. Offering a seamless blend of style and capability, this model (NP300E5C-A02US) features a 15.6-inch high-def display, generous 750 GB hard drive, and 6 GB of installed RAM for excellent multitasking.

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At a Glance
At a Glance:
  • 15.6-inch LED-backlit HD display

  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core processor

  • 750 Serial ATA hard drive

  • 6 GB installed RAM

  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000

  • DVD±RW Super Multi dual-layer drive

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0

  • HDMI output + VGA

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

  • See full specs below
At a Glance

It's powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor ("Ivy Bridge"), which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. Enjoy the thrill of an automatic burst of speed when you need it with Intel Turbo Boost Technology for a boost in your performance that you can truly see and feel.

It comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. You'll also experience new ways to deliver your best work with Office Starter 2010 (learn more below).

Stunning Slim Bezel Display

The screen on your PC is its gateway to wonder. With Samsung's slim bezel technology, you get more in a smaller footprint. By minimizing the bezel and maximizing the screen you have a highly portable PC without sacrificing screen size. From email to presentations, photos to videos, and everything in between, make your content come alive. More screen gives you more to love.

Exclusive Fast Start Technology

Don't be weighed down by wasted time, let your PC come alive when you need it. Your life happens on the go, you don't have time to wait for PC to shut down and power up. With Samsung's exclusive Fast Start technology, simply close the lid to enter a hybrid sleep mode. When you open the lid, you are up and running in less than 3 seconds.

PowerPlus Battery Technology

A battery designed for the long haul, the Samsung Powerplus technology gives you more years and more hours. This technology retains 80 percent of the original battery capacity for up to 1,000 charges. After 3 years of use you still have a battery that still works for you day in and day out. That's power when you need it.

Stylish Samsung Design

A stunning, subdued design that balances the work and play role of every notebook. The Samsung Series 3 15.6-inch features a brushed metal look exterior with brushed chrome trim. Look stylish wherever you use it.

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Stunning slim bezel.

Key Specifications

15.6-inch LED-backlit display (1366 x 768 pixels; 220-nit brightness)

2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core processor (3 MB L3 cache)

750 SATA hard drive

6 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (8 GB maximum)

Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics solution for everyday computing with support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games.

DVD +/-RW Super Multi Dual Layer (S-ATA)

0.3-megapixel webcam

Built-in stereo speakers with 3 watts of power (1.5W x 2) and SoundAlive enhancement

Up to 6.3 hours of battery life (6-cell battery)

Wireless & Networking

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks (requires Wireless-N router to optimize speed and range).
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity provides faster throughput while minimizing on power requirements. Backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and cell phones.
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 3 standard USB 2.0 ports
  • HDMI port for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable.
  • VGA video output (analog, RGB)
  • Multi-format memory card slot (compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC, and 3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC))
  • Microphone and headphone jacks
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What's in the Box

Series 3 laptop with 15.6-inch screen (model NP300E5C-A02US), AC adapter, rechargeable battery, operating instructions


Samsung warrantees its computers against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year, parts and labor.  To receive help with your computer or warranty service, please call 800-SAMSUNG.


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Windows 7 Home Premium

The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.

Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.*

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  • Helps protect against identity theft and malicious software with SmartScreen Filter.
  • Movies, TV, and videos look better and run more smoothly.

Create, Connect, and Share with Windows Live

Windows 7 and Windows Live bring it all together for free. Get the free set of programs that make it simple to create and share amazing photos and movies, organize mail, and stay connected with your closest friends.

  • Get free online storage with Windows Live SkyDrive.
  • Sync files on your PCs automatically with Windows Live Mesh.
  • Share photos during video chats with Windows Live Messenger.**
  • Easily edit photos. Combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.

You can download Windows Live for FREE at

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Complete Your PC Experience with Microsoft Office 2010

  • Includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel with advertising. (Note that PowerPoint or Outlook are not included.)
  • Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new PC.


* Additional hardware may be required. Not available in all countries. (See for more information.)
** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.

Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1366x768
Processor2.6 GHz Core i5-3210M
Hard Drive750 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Chipset BrandIntel
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand NameSamsung
SeriesSeries 3
Item model numberNP300E5C-A02US
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight7.2 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H14.40 x 9.50 x 1.14 inches
Color Blue Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super Multi DL
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery TypeLithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #30,109 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight10.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJune 3, 2012
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Porkee Peeg on July 15, 2012
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I give the Series 3 four stars, minus 1 for the crappy touchpad sensitivity. See Con comment below.
Xlnt display resolution
Aesthetically appealing to the eye; cover is brushed 'ribbed' aluminum with 2" black band at rear.
Wide keys, short pressure, positive feel
Full numbers keypad on right
Single screw holds cover to memory and HDD, makes for easy swap out
No dumb WiFi on/off switch front panel, prevents accidentally switching off connection
A full pound lighter than Dell
Strong solid looking hinges
i5-3210M Ivy Bridge, HD4000 controller works as designed
3MB L3 cache

CON: The super sensitive touchpad.
**First thing first; Use the touchpad to set screen size, then go to ctrl panel, Synaptics Touchpad to disable BOTH one-finger and multi-finger gestures. If you don;t this is what you can expect:

1. Sensitivity -horizontal AND vertical - scrolling is at the next to last slowest speed.
2. If the left palm is within 1/8-1/4" proximity of the touchpad, the touchpad shrinks or enlarges your screen on its own. Tapping an resetting screen size constantly is annoying. Mostly dues to far left placement of the pad, not centered.
3. Email composes start @ 14+ font then shrinks to 10 and back and forth and back and forth all over the place. When composing the font size appears normal. When the display size changes the fonts do to but they never reset to the last display. Major bug.

More CONS:
1. Annoying bloatware
2. Power cord on left, I prefer right
3. No keyboard backlite
4. OK Samsung memory, 1x4GB & 1x2GB, latency 11-11-11-28. This was swapped for new 2x4Gb sticks
5. Big hunky/clunky 750GB SATA HDD. This was swapped for an SSD. Boot time is now 9 seconds.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2012
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This laptop is awesome!!! I am a full time student and use it primarily for school, not gaming. It does have an integrated HD graphics card which gives an excellent graphic performance for watching videos or just browsing the web. The i5 processor accompanied with 6GB of RAM makes this laptop super-fast. Out of the box the Windows Experience Index rates this laptop at a 5.7. You can check you WEI by going into the Computer>System Properties> Windows Experience Index. It rates a 5.7 because of the Graphics card, the processor and RAM rate at 7.1 and 7.4 respectfully and the hard drive rates at 5.9. This computer has room for improvements if you want make some upgrades, upgrading the RAM to 8GB and swapping out the hard drive for a solid state will make this thing ridiculous and raise the index on it considerably, especially if you are using for the same thing that I am which is mostly school work and emails.

I have always hated using touchpads on laptops until I started using the touchpad on this one. The pad is large and the so are the buttons, the pad also lets you do multi finger gestures. You can pinch to zoom, two fingers lets you scroll up and down, and three fingers lets you navigate forward and backward. You also have the ability to turn off the touchpad altogether by holding down the Fn key and hitting F5. There are many other features to this laptop that it makes it great like the sleep function when you close the laptop. The laptop is sturdy and is of good design, esthetically it looks great and the sound from the speakers is loud and clear. The boot time is under a minute, I have never timed it but it is significantly faster than my old computer. It also runs cool so no need for a cool pad.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Ortiz on November 5, 2012
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The Atheros wireless card that came installed in this laptop was defective and wouldn't hold a connection no matter what network it was connected to. I contacted Samsung and they confirmed that it seemed to be a hardware issue. I returned it and got a replacement laptop. Same issue. I did some research and these cards are just bad. It's a shame because otherwise, the computer is great, but trying to deal with the all the internet issues and hardware problems were beyond frustrating. Terrible experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dtoomey on October 17, 2012
I bought this item recently and am wondering why , when i open up experience index, my cpu is reading at 2.5 ghz

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz 7.1
Memory (RAM) 6.00 GB 7.5
Graphics Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 5.1
Gaming graphics 1696 MB Total available graphics memory 6.5
Primary hard disk 618GB Free (675GB Total) 5.9
Determined by lowest subscore 5.1

somebody help! :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Hayes on December 16, 2012
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Purchased this Samsung Laptop (NEW) as a Christmas gift from "City Electronic" thru AVOID BUYING FROM THE THIS SELLER.... Here is why. When this laptop arrived, it started to BLUESCREEN from the beginning..having some knowledge of Windows machines..I ran a hardware check and found that the Ram or memory was defective. I immediately contacted the seller and ask for a refund or exchange...the seller told me to contact Samsung and refuse to take it back...called Amazon and filed a complaint...because third party sellers must have a 30 day return or exchange policy ...but that did not matter, because the seller was still allowed to sell the same new Laptop thru Samsung and was told mail it to them at my expense and it wound take 3-4 weeks for it to be repaired...later I purchased ram for $42.18 and asked the seller to pay for that ( he did) later after seeing the claim...I swapped out the ram and the laptop worked perfectly (note) the door to the ram and hard made of very cheap plastic, has to be bent into place for it to fit...I did buy a 3 year SquareTrade warranty for this laptop...did not think that that I should be having to use it 7 days after a new purchased that comes with factory warranty... the seller and let me down....Samsung just has slow and bad customer service...LIKE MOST BIG COMPANIES...bigger is not better. look closely at the seller's return policy before buying from them....good customer service is not important most companies...their bottom line seems to be more profit.
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