|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Processor||1.6 GHz i5-2467M|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||500 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 3000|
|Wireless Type||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
Samsung Series 5 NP530U3B-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)
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In any case, I ordered the Samsung Series 5. This is a good ultrabook if you don't need it to store all the data you'll ever have - the SSD is an amazing performer, but it's small after Samsung's recovery partition is set up. If you're an advanced user, you can delete it and probably have the wherewithal to do a barebones Win 7 install from the ground up. But if you're like me and want one travel notebook and don't mind not being able to play hardcore 3D games on it, you could do a lot worse in an ultrabook. 802.11n wireless networking performance over a Verizon FiOS router/modem is quite nice and USB 3.0 improved the performance of my main flash drive.
The keyboard is perfect, and Samsung chose to go with a nicely sized Elan multitouch touchpad instead of the clickpad that other ultrabooks and laptops are using to ape Mac products. I like this layout - I never have to worry about resting one thumb on a button and having it impact touchpad use. Two easily-clickable buttons, a well-customizable multitouch touchpad, and a very good keyboard without the quirky sensitivity of the Zenbook means this is probably one of the best typing ultrabooks on the market today. The only drawback: it's not backlit.Read more ›
She wanted a thin and light laptop preferably with a dvd drive (although personally I think a dvd drive is not really essential anymore these days)
I looked at a lot of "ultrabooks", including the acer s3, the asus zenbook, and so on.
This Samsung sticks out for 3 reasons:
1. it has a dvd drive
2. its 14 inches instead of 11 or 13,3 inches like most "ultrabooks
3. and most importantly it has a matte screen (more about that later)
While Samsung likes to call this an ultrabook (when you start up the first time, you even get a pop-up with the word Ultrabook and the Intel logo), this laptop does not qualify the Intel standards of an ultrabook. While its light, its heavier then the other ultrabooks (the dvd drive and the 14 inch screen are to blame).
Something what I found very nice is the adapter that comes with the laptop. While they are normally very bulky and heavy, the power adapter is very small (about 1/4 of my Sony Vaio adapter) and light. An extra benefit for when you are carrying this laptop with you.
This laptop comes equipped with a 500gb hard drive and a 16gb ssd from Sandisk for the booting and waking up. This makes that the laptop boots rather fast (20 to 30 seconds) but all other tasks go on normal speed (because of the normal hard drive). The fact that it doesn't have a full pledge ssd drive has it advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side you have more storage (500 gb), on the min side, its less fast.
The biggest plus and the main reason to choose this "ultrabook" is the fact that it has a matte screen. Samsung seems to be the only laptop manufacturer for the moment that understands the need for this kind of laptop to have a non reflective screen.Read more ›
So, this is the only thing I absolutely HATE about this laptop, is the cooling vent, because it's located in the bottom & becomes hot when you use your laptop as the same time you charge it.
After owning this laptop for approximately 6months, I believe the heating had gotten worse, to the point where it had melted a portion of my video card chip set. A few minutes of using this laptop, the pictures & colors becomes disoriented and I always had to restart it to get its original colors back. There are also times when it fully turns white for a couple of minutes which has got to be the most frustrating thing ever, since I'd have to wait for the screen to load back. These started to happen two weeks ago. It has a one year warranty so I'm getting it checked up, but hopefully it doesn't happen to any of you. I shall provide pictures of it below.
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Very disappointed with this laptop from the start .. spent more money thinking that this Samsung product would run as well as it looks, and in the years since we owned it the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Varghese
I've had this laptop for 2.5 years now, and it has been adequate. I purchased it for graduate school after my old laptop overheated and fried the hard drive. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mandy
Was an amazing ultra book but died!! Bought febuary 2012 lasted until October 2015 weekly use! Motherboard randomly went outPublished 9 months ago by Devin
i bought this when it was right of the shelves, may 2012
this is odd, i thought i had written a review, i had not
as a long time samsung fan, i thought it was only... Read more
Upgraded to windows 8.1 from installed windows 8 and it crashed. Blue screen of death. I called Samsung and they offered no help. Couldn't go into bios mode couldn't get any help.Published 12 months ago by Z
Overall: Probably the worst purchase I have ever made. Every day I dream of the day where I can have a laptop that does more work than it takes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kia
Good size, lightweight and fast. But has a problem fairly quickly heated.Published 13 months ago by Bettsy G.
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