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. But now consumers demand machines that are powerful as well as extremely portable and amazingly light.
Summary: Samsung's finally made an affordable ultrabook, and the 13-inch Series 5 Ultra is a well-priced and far slimmer product than its 14-inch cousin. Still, it's not a runaway bargain, and it feels like corners have been cut in adapting it from the stellar Series 9's design. You also might want to wait a few weeks for Intel's latest processors to arrive.
Pros: The 13-inch Samsung Series 5 Ultra NP530U3B is a more affordable ultrabook than the executive-line Series 9, and has plenty of ports crammed into its sleek body. Get the hard-drive version, and you'll shave an extra $150 off the price.
Cons: The touch pad, keyboard, and battery life aren't as excellent as you'd expect from a laptop this attractive-looking, and a plastic feel throughout makes it feel like a step down from a MacBook Air, which it is, in price.
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. Add it all up—long battery life, a bigger screen, an optical drive, great-looking graphics, and solid performance—and you end up with a no-nonsense, highly portable laptop at a fair price.
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. In other words, this 14-inch laptop is closer to a regular ultraportable than it is to an Ultrabook.
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 we have seen to date. It has a RRP of R10 000 . Correction, the Samsung Series 5's RRP is R10 200.
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, score of 3681 and the Core i7 packed Lenovo U300s’ score of 3392., Interestingly enough, while bested by the, Lenovo U300s, , it was not by the widest of margins, which is quite...
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?