Samsung Series 3 review

Dependable AMD-powered budget laptop ideal for family use

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Samsung series 3 review

The Samsung Series 3 is a cut-price laptop that banks on the latest AMD quad-core technology, but does it set itself apart from the budget laptop hordes?

We liked

The Samsung Series 3 NP305V5AI's design is appealing, considering so many laptops at this price point feature a dull black or silver finish. The metallic blue lid and keyboard stand out among its peers, and the Samsung Series 3 is solid enough to survive a reasonable amount of abuse.

Just as colourful is the 15.6-inch widescreen panel. It's also comfortably bright and shuns a glossy coating, making it perfect for working outdoors.

The keyboard is comfortable to work on all day, or if you'd rather kick back with a film, the Samsung Series 3 plays HD films smoothly.

The integrated AMD graphics are surprisingly capable, and while you can't play recent games, you can certainly waste hours on older or more basic titles.

Video editing is also perfectly possible.

Finally, you can carry a sizeable media collection, thanks to the 750GB of internal storage.

We disliked

However, the AMD processor is still highly limiting, and will quickly become out of date. This isn't uncommon for a budget machine, but the likes of the Acer Aspire 5750G offers Intel Sandy Bridge performance for the same price.

We were also massively disappointed by the Samsung Series 3's battery life, which barely lasts long enough for a two-hour film. If you suffer a long commute like us, you'll need to carry your charger and power it up at work.

Final verdict

By cutting down the specs of the Series 7 laptop, Samsung has produced a more pocket-friendly laptop that should appeal to families and anyone looking for dependable budget performance.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Product Family3
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA6-3410MX
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.49 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height30.5 mm
Width365.8 mm
Depth241.3 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series3
ManufacturerSamsung
Product Model305V5A-A05
Product Name305V5A-A05 Notebook
Manufacturer Part NumberNP305V5A-A05US
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationLighter, brighter, longer

From among the world's lightest to the most powerful, Samsung's Notebook PCs take productivity with you wherever you go.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)