Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch SSD Ultrabook Review
It’s usually good to review an Ultrabook that’s well-balanced plus wise value for revenue. The Toshiba U940 was 1. The Samsung Series 5 (Sandy Bridge) was another. Does the with touch, Windows 8 plus SSD, have the same values? Read-on to locate out.
Samsung NP540U3C Analysis Model Full Specs
- CPU type: Intel Core i5-3317U (Ivy Bridge, 1.7Ghz nominal)
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000
- OS: Windows 8
- Display Size:13.3-inch 1366×768
- Screen Type: LED-Backlit LCD. Glossy
- Touch Technology: 10-point Multi-touch
- Elantech Touchpad
- RAM: 8GB
- SSD: 128GB (Sandisk SSD U100 SMG2)
- Battery capacity: 51 (Wh) (54Wh ability obtainable in review model)
- Weight: 1635gm / 3lb 10oz (measured)
- Ports: 2xUSB2.0, 1x USB3.0 with rest plus charge, HDMI, 1xmicro VGA (adaptor supplied), Gigabute Ethernet, SD card slot, 1 x headset port.
- WiFi/BT4.0 – Centrino Advanced-N 6235
- Included accessories. Micro VGA adapter.
- No TPM Module, No VPro, Sealed power. Access port for 7mm SATA drive, plus memory slot (2GB about board), NO Keyboard backlight.
- 1MP cam. Stereo speakers. Mic.
Also accessible with 500GB HDD plus 4GB RAM. The 128GB SSD variation with 4GB RAM is accessible for beneath 900 Euro. The Core i3 adaptation with 500GB difficult drive is accessible for $ 599 inside the USA. (See upgrade possibilities under.)
Before you go any further it’s going to be value you pointing out which the Series 5 with touch is virtually the same build because the authentic reviewed here) aside within the following.(
- Larger (51Wh vs 45Wh) battery
- 10-point Touch
- 128GB SSD found on the review model
- Increase inside fat (regarding 150gm, 10%)
Apart from a plastic strip at the best of the back of the screen (to boost WiFi antenna reception?) plus somewhat different sized rubber feet you can’t see any variations. The Series 5 remains a fashionable Ultrabook.
We’ve nevertheless got the authentic Samsung Series 5 here plus it’s inside daily utilize by an affiliate associate of the team (my wife) thus you may vouch for build standard though because with all aluminium casings, a knock will cause a very noticeable dent inside the casing. We have 1! The authentic Series 5 (with HDD) here has experienced 2 drops plus remains functioning well though.
Overall the Samsung Series 5 feels well-built plus looks clean plus fashionable. This touch adaptation does have a small additional fat that’s noticeable however, that’s what you’ll need to accept with all touchscreen ‘retro-fit’ models.
Rear Access Port
Worth a mention is the back access port.
It’s effortless to access plus you’ll discover a memory card slot (2GB resides on-board) as well as the 7mm-high SATA drive bay. Should you should upgrade above 128GB it’s going to be an effortless procedure. Given which the standard 1.8Ghz adaptation with 500GB is just $ 599 inside the USA, there’s possible for lower-cost of staggered upgrade. (Note which beneath power energy, the Turbo Increase feature is not selected thus the 1.8Ghz Core i3 must supply virtually the same processing energy because the Core i5 variation whenever below power energy. With a 100Mhz benefit the Core i3 adaptation could even be somewhat more effective!)
Screen, Keyboard plus Mouse
As with all the the authentic Series 5, the keyboard plus mouse are good. Separate mouse buttons mean less strain plus though the keyboard isn’t backlit, it’s of good. The screen, nevertheless, is potentially the weakest element of the Samsung. The touch layer signifies it’s a glossy device plus unluckily it’s not an IPS wide-viewing angle panel. Colors plus brightness are advantageous. As for the resolution, 1366×768 is not what we’d anticipate about an Ultrabook at the active cost. This is a deal breaker for certain though when it’s screen real-estate we desire, possibly a bigger screen ought to be about a list. (The Samsung ” does the company there.)
Overall the SSD performance is advantageous (not the number one inside class) as well as the 1.7Ghz Ivy Bridge CPU will provide we strong performance for any kind of workplace function. There’s 1 matter to note because Turbo Increase is disabled below power energy. As with all the authentic Series 5 it’s tuned to be ‘polite.’ which signifies no big heat build-up or enthusiast sound. There’s even a quiet mode where the enthusiast is turned down, or off inside certain instances.
Note: Remember to turn the Quiet Mode off because it locks the CPU to 800Mhz
Boot speed is regarding because quickly as possible receive now with sub 25 seconds conveniently accomplished.
With Analogue headset output, HDMI plus WiDi you’ve got analogue, digital plus wireless digital output. There’s no range mic. Speaker standard isn’t bad for a computer.
HDMI plus VGA output (through a mini port that needs the provided adaptor) have we covered for many projectors plus screens about 1080p resolution. WiDi usually furthermore provide we which wirelessly in the event you purchase a $ 50 adaptor box nevertheless there’s no DisplayPort here for high resolutions.
Video (Internal GPU)
The HD 4000 GPU is a terrific step up within the HD 3000 of the past generation Samsung Series 5 plus brings it into the realm of everyday gaming. The Intel Easy Sync movie hardware has additionally been speeded up thus for those wanting to convert movie files with a suitable system, you’ll see great results. With the SSD inside destination of the difficult drive even customer movie modifying at 1080p can be done.
Disk Speeds plus CrystalDiskMark
The SSD speed results are fair though less quickly because several SSDs we’ve tested lately. Compared to the difficult drive variation of the Samsung Series 5 you tested last year the speeds are numerous, countless instances quicker.
- 3DMark 06 – Dell Inspiron 15z (Core i5, GT630M) – 7772
- ASUS Taichi 21 (Core i5, 128GB SSD, balance power mode) - 4658
- Dell XPS 12 (Core i7 at 1280×800) 3DMark = 4837
- Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 (Core i7) = 4506
- Lenovo Thinkpad Twist (Core i5, mains energy – balanced performance mode @ 1280×768 resolution) = 4023
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Core i7 at 1280×800) = 5224
- Samsung Series 9 2012 15” (Core i5 3317U, balanced power mode) = 5112
- Lenovo U300S (Core i7 SB 1.7Ghz) significant performance power power: 3520, mains power: 3611
- Samsung Series 5 (Core i5 SB 1.6Ghz) Battery force – significant performance mode: 3416
FujitsuPCMark7 score: 3782
Cinebench 11.5 CPU Test (2 Core)
Samsung Cinebench CPU test – 1.71 (Turbo Increase not obtainable in power driven state)
Cinebench 11.5 OpenGL
Cinebench 11.5 OpenGL Samsung SSD – 15.94
- Dell Inspiron 15Z (GT630M) – 23.58
- ASUS (Core i5, 128GB SSD, balance power mode) – 14.22
- Dell XPS 12 (Core i7) = 15.23
- Lenovo Yoga 13 (Core i7) = 13.44
- Lenovo Thinkpad Twist (Core i5) – 10.73
- Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (Core i7, power balanced) = 13.73
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Core i7, mains, max performance) = 15.03
- Samsung Series 9 2012 15” (Core i5 3317U, balanced mains mode) = 15.63
- Lenovo U300s (Core i7 SB 1.7Ghz) significant performance mode : 8.68
Samsung commonly a wise job about platform efficiency plus you will confirm which the Series 5 Ultra Touch SSD follows which trend plus with all the 51Wh power (ours came with 54Wh of charge capacity) several above-average power existence figures is attained. In one extended test you did you confirmed which we might write, when offline, found on the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch for 10 hours about 1 charge. More details about which test is found inside the separate post here.
In general, for online escapades including utilizing web-based applications plus sturdy WiFi connectivity you’ll be OK for about 6hrs of browsing. Video playback could web we about 4hrs as well as for gaming, should you must select to do thus, you’ll be trying to find a charge following about 2-2.5 hours depending found on the strength of the game.
Heat / Noise
The Samsung Series 5 not gets noisy though you are able to hear the fans plus feel the warmth below whenever below load. Considering the thick tendency towards throttling the CPU back from excellent Turbo clockrates 1 gets the impression which Samsung have configured the Series 5 Ultrabook towards quiet function situations plus longer power lifetime. Recovery
Stability plus Quality
We had 1 niggling mistake throughout testing. Frequently, following a standby session, the touchscreen didn’t reply. Going into standby plus returning again usually fixed this. It can be software connected though you prepared certain you had all driver plus firmware changes inside area.
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Just 1 year ago it might have been impossible to purchase a touch plus SSD Ultrabook for the $ 850 which has been asked now however it’s not truly the only way inside the marketplace. Samsung have built a high standard Ultrabook though plus provided the ports, power lifetime plus functioning facia you may see this being common amidst a variety of customer kinds. The Sam sung Series 5 Ultra Touch might substitute a 3-year aged desktop effectively, supply wise on-the road power lifetime, a comfortable typing plus mouse experience plus might look advantageous simultaneously. Maybe it’s simpler to highlight the buyers which the the Samsung Series 5 will likely not function for…
Those shopping for high resolution (for clearer fonts or, with reduced text size, more working space) plus those trying to find broad watching angles won’t like the Samsung Series 5. Likewise the individuals that need full-power on-the-go. The secured Turbo Increase below power energy is there to provide a cooler, quieter plus longer-running experience.
If you had an editors honor we’d be providing it to the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch at the moment considering it’s a well-built, effectively designed plus advantageous searching Ultrabook which may handle various tasks perfectly. There’s the possibility of upgrading SSD plus memory as well as the touchscreen adds fun plus efficiency. A wise set of ports with a full-size SSD card slot completes the line-up. If Samsung had tossed inside a 1600×900 screen the package will be close perfect. However that’s potentially what the unique Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook is there for thus because which feeds into the marketplace, search for pricing has found on the Series 5 Ultra Touch. At $ 849 it’s absolutely superior value however, you feel which there’s at smallest $ 100 to be had inside has later this year. As a back-to-school Ultrabook because the modern Haswell-based Ultrabooks feed inside, this might be become 2013’s ideal mainstream Ultrabook.
Our tip: To cut costs or to have a lower entry-point into this Ultrabook search for has found on the Core i3 variation that, below power force can match the Core i5 for performance. Upgrade the 500GB drive to an SSD plus drop inside certain more memory whenever you’ve got the cash. The Core i3 adaptation is currently accessible for $ 599 inside the USA.
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