Samsung Series 5 Ultrabooks Get Early Review

Posted on 22 February 2012, Last updated on 22 February 2012 by

We spent a lot of time with the Series 5 Ultrabooks at CES, did a good series of tests and, given the competitive price, we’re quite impressed. [List of previous Series 5 articles here.]

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The 13.3” Series  5 is already shipping in Germany so expect full reviews from that part of the world within days but there’s already a nice detailed review up at 3DNews, a Russian website, who also appear to be happy with the Ultrabook. They’ve got some ‘naked’ pictures too!

The test results are for a Core i3 version of the Series 5 (Samsung 530U3B, Samsung 530U4B) which we weren’t aware of until now.  Processing performance isn’t in the same league as the Core i5 and Core i7 Ultrabooks but there’s important information about the screen, battery life and build quality in the report.

The screen is average in terms of brightness, contrast and gamma which matches our own opinion. The efficiency appears to be good. For web browsing the tester measured 5-5.5hrs which aligns with our tests and most Ultrabooks that average about 8-10W in this scenario. In terms of build quality there are some questions raised about the plastics used although given the price, I don’t think you can expect much more. The plastic finish may also have advantages for Wi-Fi reception, suggests the report. There are no showstoppers being reported.

At 1.4KG the Series 5 13.3” isn’t the lightest Ultrabook and for the weight, the HP Folio has a significantly bigger battery but in most areas the Series 5 is going to be a lot cheaper than the HP Folio.  Acer will have to drop the price of the S3 if they want to remain competitive in the low-cost Ultrabook sector. If you’re looking for a lightweight 14”er with DVD drive at a good price, the Series 5 14” is about your only choice.

One feature that might clinch the deal for some is the access port at the rear. Memory and HDD upgrade (7mm height only) should be no problem.

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A translation of the review is available here.

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