Germany was one of the countries that never got that good value Ultrabook alternative the Samsung NP350 so maybe that’s the reason why the Series 5 Ultrabook has entered the market there at an interesting price point. In other countries, low Series 5 pricing could clash with the existing NP350. €780 for the Core i5 version in Germany is a very good price and if you want to go up to Core i7 with 8GB RAM, there’s an option at around €1000 today. For those not familiar with Euros, it’s the same price as the Toshiba Z830 with the Core i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM. The Core i7 option is not showing in the USA.
Samsung 530U3B i7-2637M with 8GB, 516GB (500GB+16GB SSD) Windows 7 Home Premium (NP-530U3B-A02DE)
I had a chance to spend lots of time with the Series 5 Ultrabooks at CES thanks to a comfortable Samsung media lounge and I came away thinking that it would be just about the right Ultrabook for me. It combines ‘best of’ features, good Samsung engineering and the hybrid SSD seems to work pretty well. 25 seconds cold boot is well ahead of the Acer S3. Yes, it would be faster with a full SSD but because I’m doing a lot of video work, small SSDs could be restrictive.
You’ve got an Intel Centrino Wifi module with Wi-Di, Gigabit Ethernet port, BT3.0+HS, full SD card slot, USB3.0, VGA via a dongle, a removable panel for HDD and memory swap (possibly battery swap too) and a competitive price. Try finding another device offering this much for this price? There’s no 1600×900 screen, no backlit keyboard and the battery is only a 45Wh part though. The HP Folio 13 offers more in terms of battery life but is more expensive. It’s trade-off between battery and processing power with this new Series 5 option.
The Core i5 version is $887 in the USA right now and I can thoroughly recommend it. Availability is expected in the next few weeks.