Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook NP540U3C-A01 - Final Thoughts

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Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook NP540U3C-A01
Specifications
Hardware Teardown
Testing - Features
Testing - Benchmarks
Final Thoughts

 

Samsung Series 5 13.3'" Ultrabook (NP540U3C-A01CA) Final Thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of Ultrabooks thanks to their ability to be super portable without having to sacrifice performance. Choosing an Ultrabook can be a bit of a challenge now that there are so many makes and models available, but Samsung has done a great job of creating 3 series of Ultrabooks to fit your needs. The model that we took a look at today was part of their "Series 5" lineup with is their mid-range options which average around ~$1,000.
 

As far as features go, the NP540U3C is pretty standard when compared to other Ultrabooks in the same price range as all ultrabooks are using Intel's hardware which makes the playing field very level. For just a bit over a thousand dollars you get an Intel Core i5 CPU (3317U), 8 GB of DDR3 memory, a 128GB SSD, and a 13.3" SuperBright touch screen (1366x768). The hardware is pretty mid-range, but overall I feel like it's a good balance of power and value. You can obviously find Ultrabooks with higher specs (Samsung offers high specs in their Series 9 Ultrabooks), but of course the price also increases with the more options and power that is included. Both the hard drive and the memory in this unit are upgradable, which is a nice feature to have if you find out down the road that you need more storage space or memory and there are quite a few ultrabook options out there that do not have this ability.


 

When you are spending $1000 on an Ultrabook, build quality becomes an important factor. With Ultrabooks being so thin, you obviously don't want something that feels cheap, which isn't the case with Samsung's Series 5. The overall build quality of the NP540U3C is great, and it is very rigid thanks to its aluminum chassis. Another thing I always look at on all laptops and Ultrabooks is the strength of the screen hinges, and the NP540U3C has good hinges which I believe should be able to stand up to normal wear and tear without any issues. The brushed aluminum top cover gives this Ultrabook a very classy finish which is good for impressing your friends when you show off your new Ultrabook.
 

As far as performance goes, the NP540U3C is a good "all-around" machine. Don't expect to be playing the latest games at high resolutions, but as far as overall performance goes this machine is quite decent and more than enough to get the job done.
 

If you compare the NP540U3C up against other Ultrabooks in the ~$1000 dollar range the Samung Series 5 is priced competitively. If you compare this model up against other systems with similar build quality and features, chances are good you won't be able to find much for a lower price than the NP540U3C. There are other Ultrabooks out there that have almost the same specs as the NP540U3C, but the attention to the details and the sleek finish of the Series 5 is what sets it apart from other cheaper Ultrabooks.
 

At the end of the day, the Samsung Series 5 NP540U3C is a great mix of quality, performance, and value, and as a result has earned our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award here at BCCHardware. If you are in the market for a Windows 8 Ultrabook in the $1,000 dollar range chances are good the Samsung Series 5 NP540U3C will be at the top of your list (and for good reason).

Pros:

  • Sturdy Construction
  • Easily Upgradable (HDD and Memory)
  • Attractive Finish
  • Good Value

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

BCCRating 
Gold

 

I'd like to thank Samsung for sending us their latest Ultrabook in the Series 5 lineup. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please reply below.