Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01US UltraBook Review

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Carrying around a heavy laptop can be very cumbersome. Sometimes the purpose of owning a notebook is lost if you find the notebook very heavy to carry around especially for professionals or even for students who need to carry them around. For such mobile people Samsung has come out with a very amazing new 5 series notebook designed perfectly to meet the demands of such fast paced professionals. It is remarkably thin and ultra lightweight to carry anywhere be it office or outdoors. In short you can carry your office anywhere you go and still be connected to the world.

Let us go into the details of this amazingly light UltraBook from Samsung.

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Design Features

Weighing only 3.9 pounds at 0.8 by 13.1 by 9 inches (LWH) is slightly larger than the other 13.3 inch UltraBook. This 14 inch screen size ultra book comes with a solid silver gray aluminum lid and palm rest with a black keyboard. The shallow keyboard with backlights includes a full-sized Home, End, and page up and page down keys. The touchpad is also sufficiently large with dedicated left and right mouse click buttons making it very easy to operate. The 14 inch screen size is bright with 1366×768 max resolutions which is a standard in an UltraBook. The display screen has matte finish and has a nice glossy and shiny feel to it. The matte finish makes the display on the screen easier to read if using the UltraBook in daylight. The non reflective matte finish makes the screen a pleasure to use anywhere outdoors. The speakers are placed just above the keyboard and provide decent audio quality.

Important Features

The Series 5 from Samsung has 500GB hard drive with 16 GB express cache and 8 GB upgradable memory for easy multi-tasking abilities. It also includes a full HDMI port for connecting your HD monitor or HDTV and a full VGA port for connecting your standard monitors and projectors. The HD high resolution display gives a good viewing area with sharp images and text. The other features include multiple format memory card slots, 3 USB ports, Wireless-N Wi-Fi for faster connectivity through a wireless router for optimum speed and range, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity which is also backward compatible, 1.3 megapixel HD webcam, Ethernet, headphone/microphone jack, DVD+RW drive and Intel wireless display function.

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Performance
The Series 5 Samsung UltraBook comes with Intel core i5-2467M processor with CPU clock speed of 1.6 GHZ and 4GB RAM. This is one of the best performing UltraBook present in the market. The SSD with the quad core processor makes working with this Series 5 a very enjoyable experience. The booting up process takes just under 20 seconds and it takes 6 seconds to put to sleep. It is not a great machine for graphics based games even though it comes with an Intel HD Graphics 3000. It is not a hardcore gaming machine. The DVD drives are ideal for taking backups or watching some movies for relaxation.

Battery Life

Samsung claims the battery life to be 6 hours which is quite good for this kind of machine. The Series 5 UltraBook’s battery comes in a sealed casing. It has a quite healthy battery life as reported by a number of its users, a very important and good feature for any professional users who may need to use them while travelling out of office.

This light weight UltraBook is easy to carry around and is very well distributed for the size. While working the Laptop is completely silent and doesn’t heat up more than 50 degree Celsius even when working on processor intense programs. It is a heavy performer and also very fast compared to many other laptops.The fast browsing feature makes the most frequently viewed web pages run two times faster. This UltraBook also comes preinstalled with the Microsoft Windows Explorer 7 Home premium operating system, one year Samsung warranty, 60 day trial version of Norton Internet Security and a number of Samsung utilities.

All in all a good Ultra Book with all features catering to the needs of a professional, businessman, or student. It is thin, light and very attractive features are sure to grab your attention. It is a perfect portable device without compromising on its specifications and usability. Wherever you are with this Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01US 14 inch UltraBook you are never away from work and excitement.

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Performance
Processor
1.6GHz Intel i5-2467M Dual-Core
                               
Cache
L3: 3MB
                               
Memory
Type: DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 4GB
                               
Graphics Card
Type: Integrated
Installed: Intel Graphics System HD 3000 Shared
                               
Display
Type
Widescreen
                               
Size
14″
                               
Backlight
LED
                               
Aspect Ratio
16:9
                               
Finish
Not Specified By Manufacturer
                               
Native Resolution
1366 x 768
                               
Brightness
300cd/m2
                               
Storage
Hard Drive
Installed: 500GB
Type: SATA
                               
Optical Drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner
                               
Input/Output Connectors
Ports
2x USB 3.0 (A)
1x USB 2.0 (A)
                               
Display
1x HDMI
                               
Audio
Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
                               
Flash Media Slot
1x SD
1x MMC
1x SDHC
1x SDXC
                               
Communications
Network
10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
                               
Modem
None
                               
Wi-Fi
802.11a/b/g/n
                               
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 3.0+HS
                               
Mobile Broadband
None
                               
GPS
None
                               
Webcam
Yes, 1.3MP
                               
General
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
                               
Security
Not Specified By Manufacturer
                               
Keyboard
Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
                               
Pointing Device
TouchPad
                               
Battery
8-Cell Lithium-Polymer (6120mAh)
                               
Power Requirements
Not Specified By Manufacturer
                               
Dimensions (WxHxD)
13.1 x 0.82 x 9.0″ / 33.27 x 2.08 x 22.86 cm
                               
Weight
3.94 lb / 1.79 kg
                               

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