Samsung Series 5 Ultra review

Finally - an Ultrabook that offers total value for money

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The Samsung Series 5 Ultra 530U3B offers excellent value for money, and if you're looking for an Ultrabook on a budget, this is well worth considering.

It's neither the most powerful nor the most stylish looking Ultrabook we've seen, but the usability of the keyboard and touchpad, along with the connectivity, are definite plus points.

We liked

The benefit of 500GB of storage space on a laptop as thin and light as the Samsung Series 5 Ultra 530U3B is not to be sniffed at, even with the availability of both external and cloud storage. It's a definite plus in our book, as is the excellent keyboard/touchpad combination.

Usability is something we've come to expect from Samsung after testing many of its laptops, and it's certainly the highlight here.

However, the strongest argument in favour of the Samsung Series 5 Ultra is its value for money - at a shade under £800/$900, this is an exceptional deal.

We disliked

Unfortunately there's little to make the Samsung Series 5 Ultra 530U3B really stand out from the Ultrabook crowd. The design didn't reach out and grab our wandering eyeballs the same way the Asus Zenbook, HP Envy Spectre and Apple MacBook Air did, and although the chassis looks thin, it's thicker than other available Ultrabooks.

We also felt that the performance and battery life were weaker than they could have been. Overall, we prefer the Samsung Series 9.

Final verdict

Samsung has produced a well-rounded and affordable Ultrabook in the Series 5 Ultra 530U3B.

Thanks to a spacious keyboard, comfortable touchpad and anti-glare screen, this would suit anyone looking for a mobile workhorse.

The inclusion of a 500GB hard disk drive is something we haven't seen in an Ultrabook yet, and impressively, Samsung has managed to keep the weight down to 1.8kg.

Lastly, although power and battery life are sacrificed, the price-point of the Series 5 Ultrabook is particularly attractive and gives this machine a real chance against its better styled and more powerful rivals.

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product Family5
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2467M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.47 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height17.5 mm
Width315 mm
Depth218.4 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5
Product ModelNP530U3BI
Product NameNP530U3BI Ultrabook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP530U3B-A01US
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationConnectivity without Compromise

Your laptop should cater to you, not the other way around! With the Samusung Series 5 Ultrabook, you have all the connectivity and ports that you need to get things done. From blazing fast USB, to a full size memory card reader, you have all the ports that you need. Dont let your laptop limit your creativity, let your laptop unleash it.

Speed and storage come together with ExpressCache technology

The blazing fast performance of solid state. The massive storage of a hard disk drive. Samsung ExpressCache combines both in one technologically advanced package.

Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Limited Warranty1 Year