Series 5 NP535U3C http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/564/0 en-GB Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-series-5-np535u3c/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When is an Ultrabook not an Ultrabook? When it’s the AMD-powered Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C, of course </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Series-5-NP535U3C-main_5_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Series-5-NP535U3C-02_5_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Series-5-NP535U3C-03_5_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Series-5-NP535U3C-04_5_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When is an Ultrabook not an Ultrabook? When it’s Samsung’s latest Series 5 NP535U3C, of course. Because although this shares the same, shape, name and materials of construction as the Series 5 Ultrabook, inside there’s an A6 processor and graphics chip made by AMD. Ultrabook, if you’re not aware, is a trademark of arch-rival Intel. So this is not an Ultrabook.</p> <p>The A6 is one of a series of new processors codenamed Trinity. As a newcomer to the world of thin and lights, how does it compare to Intel’s Ivy Bridge?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks more expensive than it is </div> <div class="field-item even"> Supermodel proportions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A little underpowered </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not the best display </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Body and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the price suggests, the Series 5 isn’t the most exquisitely designed ultrab... sorry; ‘super thin and light’ around, but it’s still not what you’d call ugly. For the most part the bodywork is a magnesium alloy and only the underside of the keyboard is made from plastic.</p> <p>The large trackpad and keyboard are as good as those on any more expensive rival. From a purely cosmetic point of view, it’s hard to tell the difference between this and an ultrabook costing twice as much. It’s a little heavier than some, but still within 40g of an equivalent MacBook Air.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_1_2_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_3_2_2_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As is the current standard for Windows laptops, the 13inch screen is a mere 1366x768 resolution. That’s more pixels than a 13inch MacBook Pro (but not the Air), yet with decidedly average colours and viewing angles it isn’t exactly inspiring. We’d complain, but at this price there’s no competitor with a better display. However, if you’re planning on using a laptop/ultrabook as your main work machine, you’re probably best off spending a bit more to get at least 1600x900 pixels for a reasonable workspace.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_5_2_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Games and multimedia performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here’s the big question: how does the NP535U3C compare to the almost identical NP535U3B, which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor? That A-Series CPU is certainly capable of producing better gaming benchmarks, thanks to the superior Radeon graphics - but it’s not the games machine we hoped for. You won’t get Battlefield 3 running at even the lowest settings, for example, but you will be able to enjoy recent Batman titles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_2_1_3_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Desktop performace </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For general work, however, the AMD A6 is noticeably slower than the Intel i3 equivalent. Partly, this is because it’s not a true dual core processor - more like one and a half cores, technically.</p> <p>It’s further hampered by the fact that this laptop is equipped with a slow hard drive without a fast SSD cache, whereas Intel Ultrabooks all have solid state components. It isn’t a complete write-off, though - any time you’re running a program that can take advantage of the Radeon graphics, such as PhotoShop or most video editing software, the hardware acceleration helps to improve the A6’s performance.</p> <p>Looking ahead, an upgrade to Windows 8 might help to close the gap further, as more applications will take advantage of the graphics core for hardware acceleration.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_3_1_2_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_6_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Noise and battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In two other respects, however, the AMD A6 is every bit the Intel Core i3’s equal: it runs cool and requires little power. The NP535U3C gets around five hours from its four-cell battery, which may not be as much as some ultrabooks, but isn’t terrible either. For the most part it runs silently too.</p> <p>The only noise, in fact, is the ticking of the hard drive - a bitter reminder of the performance bottleneck that holds this machine back from greatness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_2_3_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_4_1_2_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At £500, it’s tempting to forgive the Samsung its faults. It is, after all, at least £100 less than the same machine with an Intel chip, and cheaper than any other ultrabook around. While it seems - superficially - like a bargain, the price is actually dead right: it’s better than a premium netbook but not as fast as a fully modern ultra-light. It’s an excellent budget laptop, but don’t expect much more or you might be disappointed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" alt="Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Series-5-Trinity_3_5_0.jpg?1369747109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ultrabook-baiting dimensions for under £500, but slightly disappointing processor performance</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/samsung-series-5-np535u3c </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-series-5-np535u3c/review#comments Laptops Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:35:06 +0000 422352 at http://www.stuff.tv