Reviews and Problems with Samsung Series 5 Ultra 13-inch
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24 September 2012
Excerpt: As advances in technology march on, new products naturally are able to pack more and more power into an ever-shrinking profile. If you think about it, just a few years ago our laptops were slow, bulky chunks of plastic who’s specs pale in comparison to modern smart phones.
Samsung Series 5 (13-inch) - An Ultra-priced Ultrabook
6 May 2012
Excerpt: The Samsung Series 5 Ultra 13-inch laptop, is an Ultrabook that sets out to give you the best of all the desired aspects - performance, build quality and portability at a great price. But will it succeed in creating the perfect Ultrabook? Sit tight as we detail all you need to know of this newcomer.
Pros: Good value, Matte Screen, Build quality, Pleasant keyboard to use
Cons: Sharp edges near palm rest, Slightly heavier than other Ultrabooks
Conclusion: Sure, sleek and elegant is always nice. But, in our book, utility and productivity at a reasonable price outweigh beauty every time. The Series 5 Ultra provides value in a relatively thin and light machine, even if it won't win any beauty contests.
Pros: Excellent display, Included optical drive, Long battery life, Above-average performance, Comfortable keyboard, Plenty of ports, Good Webcam and sound
Cons: Plastic bottom, Some unrefined, uncomfortable edges
Summary: The Samsung Series 5 Ultra is the company's first foray into the Ultrabook market (if you don’t count the Series 9, which predates the Ultrabook brand). There's just one problem: It weighs nearly 4lbs, and measures 0.82-inch thick.
Excerpt: Well, we wouldn’t blame you for being confused about whether this is a slim laptop, or is it really an ultrabook. The presence of the optical drive may tilt the opinion in the favour of the former! Whichever way it is, we are delighted at having such a slim notebook to carry around.
Conclusion: The Samsung Series 5 550P is a powerful, capable desktop replacement at a very reasonable price. With its Blu-ray drive, excellent screen and powerful processor, it can do pretty much anything you need it to, from gaming to video editing and much more in-between.
Pros: Powerful performer, terrific graphics, not too pricey
Cons: No keyboard backlighting, battery life could be better
Conclusion: Granted, the Series 5 has its fair share of competition, not least of which is coming from its Samsung’s own newly announced thin and light Series 9 notebooks. That being said, for the most part the Series 5 holds its own and proved to be a very good all rounder, with one of the better 13.3 screens...
Cons: In our benchmark tests, the Series 5 delivered 3131 Marks in 3D Mark. When compared to, Dell’s XPS 13, though, which sported similar base specifications; it came off second best, as the XPS 13 delivered 3503 marks., Not surprisingly, the Series 5 was also beaten by the Core i7, Asus Zenbook’s, sc...
Conclusion: The Samsung Series 5 offers a workmanlike casing and contains a machine that's distinctly run-of-the-mill. Performance is okay but not outstanding, as is the screen, and the battery life left something to be desired. That said, it comes at a fully justifiable midrange price.
REVIEW: Samsung Series 5 Ultra (13.3 inch ultrabook)
7 May 2012
Excerpt: Reasonably slim, reasonably powerful and reasonably affordable, Samsung's Series 5 Ultra ultrabook positions itself firmly in the mid-range of the bourgeoning new portable computing market. But does it do enough to give more expensive alternatives a run for their money?