Reviews and Problems with Samsung Ativ Book 5 / NP530U3C / NP540U3C
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Almost a really good laptop/ultrabook (wifi issues)
27 December 2013
Summary: There is a known issue with Intel wifi hardware/software that Samsung and Intel haven't bothered to fix. I've had the laptop for over a year and still can't get it corrected. The wifi will connect but is sporadic at best. It probably works 20% of the time. If you're planning to use the wifi as a primary means of connectivity, look to another laptop and/or brand. I'm actually quite disappointed in Samsung for not addressing this issue.
Summary: It was incredibly slow and either had some defects or viruses. I never figure out which. After running Norton scans and running anti malware products for few days I gave up. Contacted the seller. To my surprise, they were very helpful and accepted the return without any issues. Even paid for the shipping. Recommend Amazon but not the product.
If you have the money to waste, waste it on something else!
M. Stern "Shutterman", Amazon
13 April 2013
Summary: I usually think most negative reviews are due to defective items or people not using the product correctly. In this case, the negative reviews couldn't be more accurate and I have little to add, other than my low rating. This machine has the most spotty wifi I've ever seen, it will connect to a network, then after you close the lid, putting it to sleep, it won't connect to the same exact network it was just on when you wake it up 5 minutes later (and I'm talking even...
Summary: I purchased this laptop about 3 weeks ago and exchanged it today for a Macbook Air. 1st complaint: Windows 8 Windows 8 is not user friendly or easy to get used to.... did not enjoy having to go online to look up how to do simple things. The app tiles are obnoxious and not handy. Windows 7 was functional....Windows 8 took about 50 steps in the wrong direction. :/ 2nd complaint: Slowwwww So slowwww, slow to switch between apps, slow to open apps, slow in general.
Summary: The hardware Samsung used in this laptop is stellar but through their own execution of software implementation they have cheapened their own product. Pros 1) The battery life is great. The 3rd gen i5 maximizes the battery life and Win8 has several battery saving features, by default on, that assist with decreasing consumption. 2) The laptop boots quite literally in seconds with the addition of the Expresscache enabled 24GB SSD.
Summary: I have a high-end Samsung laptop, and being highly satisfied with that laptop I decided to purchase this Sumsung touchscreen laptop. In fact I purchased 2 of them, one from Amazon and one from Best Choice. Laptop from Best Choice: Came with a really old charger (the one from Amazon said Rev 1.5 on the charger - the one from Best Choice was much older and worse quality).
Summary: I guess the device might be good for simple user but it is not for anybody who would like to do a bit more with it. I am an advanced user and in my life I carried out many operations like disk partitioning, installing new OS and fromating and repartitioning disk. I have managed to do it on this laptop but have to say that I never saw so many build in obstacles and solutions created purely to bring folks to samsung authorised service.
Summary: I generally liked this laptop, but it has a major flaw that, to my mind, renders it unusable. It is painfully slow over wireless connections, and loses signal quickly as you move away from the router. It gets to be frustrating really fast. If you intend to work with a network cable plugged in then you are fine. But what's the point of a highly portable ultrabook that has awful wireless connectivity? Mine went back to Amazon.
Summary: I recently bought one of these machines in a Swiss high-street store, reduced to £357 (but with a QWERTZ keyboard) but even at this price, I find it hard to recommend this laptop. I work with a variety of makes of laptops, including Apple, Lenovo, Sony and Samsung. This is the slimmest laptop I've had, but compared to each of the others, it's the one I least enjoy typing on.