Summary: Samsung's 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 Ultrabook is the first touch screen laptop to cross PCSTATS test bench with Windows 8 installed. Our first impressions of this new touch screen interface are positive...
Conclusion: Apparently I've stated that there are quite a few faults with the Ultrabook, but at the same time, it didn't have anything catastrophically wrong that compromised the experience, other than the poor performing SanDisk U100 Solid State Drive it came with, though it still ends up being quicker than a normal spinning hard drive in most cases. The only other real attribute that makes this Ultrabook stand apart from others is the touch screen.
Summary: That special touch. The Samsung Series 5 540U3C is the successor to its forefather, the 530U3C. On the outside, the two notebooks look as similar as a pair of eggs; but in terms of the technological innards, Samsung has jazzed up the compact subnotebook with Windows 8 and a touchscreen -- and they've affixed an asking price of 1000 Euros (~$1320). Are the new alterations worth the steep 200 Euros (~$261) price jump?
Pros: Good mobility, Lightweight and compact dimensions, Bright touchscreen, Operating elements, Maintenance-friendly, The brushed aluminum surfaces and the attractive inner values like the bright touchscreen.
Cons: Display hinges, Contrast and black values, For a street price of a whole 1000 Euros (~$1320), more than one of the three USB ports should be of the USB 3.0 variety. The display could have better contrast and black values. Also, since we are dealing with a high-mobility device, a Kensington Lock would be desirable.
Summary: Ultrabook update. We reviewed the Samsung Series 5 530U3B-A01DE in mid-March 2012. The ultrabook has now been revised to feature an Intel Ivy Bridge dual-core processor. Virtually everything else, including the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of 799 Euro ($999 USD), remains unchanged. In this review, we will examine exactly what has changed and who would benefit from the revision.
Pros: Elegant design, USB 3.0 and HDMI, Matte screen, Good brightness & illumination, Easy maintenance, Application performance, Battery life, The increased application and graphics performance, the matte screen and the ultrabook’s seemingly timeless design.
Cons: VGA adapter no longer included, Screen’s limited opening angle, Contrast and high black value, No Turbo during load, No full-blown solid state drive, Increased temperature rates, A better contrast and Turbo Boost of the installed ULV CPU or a more efficient cooling management that can cope with the components’ performance and waste heat.
Conclusion: In short, the Samsung Ultra Series 5 is actually a pretty good ultrabook, despite its middling screen and one particularly disappointing omission from its feature set (backlit keyboard, we’re looking at you). It has its notable up sides – such as very good performance, a fine keyboard and superb audio. However, users’ enjoyment factor of the device is going to largely depend on their response to Windows 8, as Microsoft’s newest OS is stamped all over the device.
Summary: Vi har ikke nogen grund til at tro, at der decideret var noget galt med vores testeksemplar af Samsung Series 5 Ultra, men man kunne næsten ønske, at det var tilfældet. En så sløv banan af en bærbar computer har vi sjældent testet. Både design, skærm og lydkvalitet er tilfredsstillende, men det kan ikke kompensere for en elendig brugeroplevelse, hvor man hele tiden skal vente alt for længe på, at apps eller menuer reagerer – hvis de overhovedet vil åbne.