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Samsung Series 3 NP300E5C-A08US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Blue Silver)

by Samsung
4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
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Windows 8
  • Intel Core i5 3210M 2.50 GHz
  • 4 GB DDR3
  • 500 GB HDD
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • Windows 8
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Product Description

Style: Windows 8

Product Description

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-A08US) features a 15.6-inch high-def display, 500 GB hard drive, and 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM for excellent multitasking.

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15.6-inch display maximized with Samsung's slim bezel technology (view larger).


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Stunning, yet subdued design (view larger).
At a Glance
At a Glance:
  • 15.6-inch LED-backlit HD display

  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M processor

  • 500 Serial ATA hard drive

  • 4 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 8

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At a Glance

It's powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. Effortlessly move between applications with smart multitasking delivered by Intel Hyper-Threading Technology for a difference in your performance that you can truly see and feel.

It comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 8 Home operating system.

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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Fast starting.
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Stunning slim bezel.

Key Specifications

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

2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M processor

500 SATA hard drive

4 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

8x multi-format CD/DVD±RW drive

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 MMC media)
  • Microphone and headphone jacks
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What's in the Box

Series 3 laptop with 15.6-inch screen (model NP300E5C-A08US), AC adapter, rechargeable battery, operating instructions


1-year limited warranty on parts and labor.


Product Information

Style:Windows 8

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Processor 2.5 GHz Core i5-3210M
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive 500 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand Name Samsung
Series Scala3
Item model number NP300E5C-A08US
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 8
Item Weight 5.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 14.4 x 1.14 x 9.5 inches
Color Blue Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi DL
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #22,376 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#4,585 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 7 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 12, 2012

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Customer Reviews

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Style Name: Windows 7 Verified Purchase
This is a 2 part review. 2nd part is in response to the reviewer who gave this laptop a low rating for a 100 MHz typo.

Runs as I expected and looks stylish. My wife can take this to work and people seem to look at it quite a bit.
Has Samsung included apps for the general public to make everything easier. Samsung easy Migration works much better than the Easy Transfer from Windows.

* Fast and smooth.
* Stylish Blue tint.
* Clear screen with typical resolution.
* Lighter than expected which is a plus for her.
* Samsung apps seem to be fluid
* 2.5 instead of 2.6 GHz (minor typo)
* Bloatware. Personally I hate Norton products because they are so intrusive and it takes more than just the uninstall to remove.

This was purchased to replace my wifes aging Lenovo G530 with a 2 Ghz T6400 C2D. Mostly she uses her laptop for facebook, shopping, minor games, and documents. She also uses her company VPN and Quickbooks but that is almost the extent of her laptop useage.
Being that she does so little, this is more than enough machine for her. However I bought it because she was looking at a few games and her previous machine could not play much of anything. For example she likes the Sims 3, and a few puzzle games.


I am a Systems Engineer for a Fortune 500 company and I get to play with a lot of different toys. Laptops, Desktops, Servers, etc. and 10 years ago I could scarcely notice the difference in a 1.4 Ghz AMD Thunderbird or a 2 GHz Willamette Pentium 4. And that was a 600 Mhz difference. Even people who can Max out a CPU with Video editing or CAD Design can not notice a 100 Mhz difference. If they can I want that talent.
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Style Name: Windows 8 Verified Purchase
I'm starting physical therapy assistant school this month, and as such, I wanted a laptop to take to school with me. Here are some of the pros and cons as I have seen:

- Sleek, thin form factor - Nice lines, curves, and countours. This laptop looks quite stylish and very professional.

- Fast processor - With an i5 @ 2.5GHz, you will be able to surf facebook and write reports like never before. Joking aside, this processor is more than fast enough for normal usage.

- Integrated camera - It's nothing special, but it works.

- Build quality - It felt a little "plasticy" at first, but over time I have come to appreciate the materials and feel that the build quality is actually quite good, especially considering the price I paid ($500 -- it was on sale).

- RAM - 4GB is plenty for most people. In my opinion, any more RAM would be virtually pointless on this machine. The only reason I can think of that you would need more is for intensive video editing, but without a dedicated GPU, this laptop isn't really designed for such purposes anyways. Whatever games can be played on this laptop will be just fine with 4GB of RAM.

- Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics - I am actually quite impressed with the HD 4000 integrated graphics. Don't expect to max out Battlefield 3 (or even play on low settings with a comfortable framerate), but, benchmarks have shown that many modern games are playable on low settings with 25-30 FPS. Older games should run even better.

- Sound - For a $500 laptop, I feel that the speakers are perfectly adequate. If you want better sound, get some headphones.

- Keyboard - I can type about 80WPM average, so a good keyboard is very important to me.
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So far so good...I needed a better processor with higher RAM and memory, plus something that allowed me to work from home when necessary. This laptop can run several programs, including Microsoft Office, simultaneously and at a good processing speed. The keyboard is very comfortable to use; and setting it up was easy. Very happy with this!
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I've been using this notebook for 2 weeks and so far I'm am pretty impressed. Added 4GB more RAM for good measure. Clearly some corners were cut to keep it under $500 but I'm very happy with the product overall.

-Great picture
-Sound is loud/decent quality for the $. I'd use external speakers though if I really wanted nice sound.

-Case feels budget - plastic feels like it might not hold up to much of a beating.
-Keys on keyboard have a very shallow action. I'm getting used to this now but at first it felt awkward to type on.
-Screw holding RAM door on was very easily stripped. Was able to remove with a screw extractor.

Update: 33 days after purchase I thought the Backspace and both Enter keys failed and was about to ship it to Fort Worth, TX for warranty repair. But before returning the product I decided to re-install factory software to verify it wasn't a "logic" issue. Keys are all fine now and I'm back to loving this computer.
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Style Name: Windows 7 Verified Purchase
Have had this laptop for about a week now. Overall I am very happy with it. Had never owned a samsung laptop beofre but due to quality of their over products decided to go for it. I had picked out a slightly different model on another site but it sold out. Did a bit of looking and found this one.
This is a great buy for the $. Love the I5 cpu, wish the HD was 7200prm or SSD but for less than $800 it would be hard to find that. The screen is quite nice and bright, does a great job with different media. Onboard graphics can be pretty bad sometimes but I have to say that its not the case here. The other thing I found quite surprising was just how light it is. For a 15.6 laptop i have to say its quite light and really portable.
If your looking for a decent laptop that you use for school, media, surfing and want to be able to travel easy with it this could be for you.
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