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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Laptop but has a couple of small failings, 10 Jun 2012
This review is from: Samsung Series 5 530U3B 13.3 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 2467M 1.6GHz, 4Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD, 16GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) (Personal Computers)
just got this laptop a couple of days ago so this is only my initial thoughts
my old laptop is a little temperamental about recognizing the power supply

i do like it and so far intend to keep it, and at £600 its £200 cheaper than the price listed on "the register" where its a recommended choice
it is fast and looks good (mac clone) but still has as a couple of failings so i will only highlight these for your info to help make an informed choice.

firstly the ssd does not appear accessible on the BIOS so you ase unable to install an OS here and use the 500Gb for storage only
which would seem the sensible option, the SSD is only for quick access to regularly used files to improve performance . . . apparently
not the biggest issue i know, but you should be aware.
You would need a 7mm SSD to replace this as a standard 9.5mm drive will not fit if you plan to upgrade this yourself.

The memory is 1x4Gb dimm so the performance will be limited
Although the memory can be installed one module at a time, the best performance comes from using matched pairs of modules.

the graphics are better than my old dual core laptop but still unable to play a relatively low end game like "worms ultimate mayhem" and as yet i cant see how to increase the memory allocated to the integrated graphics as its not in the bios.

the main issue i currently have is the WiFi speed, the specs claim up to 300Mbps but on my dual channel router it only accesses the 2.GHz at 54Mbps, and does not access the 5GHz 300Mbps that is available. i have a 2nd router that is single channel and for some reason it can access this at 130Mbps so i changed my main box to 2.4GHz but will still only connect at 54Mbps. I phoned Samsung for assistance and after upgrading the firmware they did offer to replace the PC but i would appear a hardware limitation rather than a hardware fault. Ill update you if its user error but this is unlikely as my old laptop (when it charges) connects at 300Mbps every time.

Lastly there is a lot of bloatware on this and i may yet install a fresh copy of Win7 but hvent decided yet due to the time this would take.

I cant say don't buy one as i did, but be aware of what you are buying, its a good looking laptop with good performance just not ultra performance
but you get what you pay for and i cant afford £1000 for a real ultrabook but this is a close 2nd and will do for me.

i will change the wifi card if i can find a tear-down guide but so far the only you-tube video is for the access port on the back where the HDD and the DIMM are located
I assume you need access under the track pad for the wifi and BT cards and i dont want to damage the cover just yet by being the first to try this.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2012 17:40:13 BDT
I think you are a bit confused about your new laptop. For example you refer to not being able to access the SSD, but the Samsung comes with either a 500HDD OR a 16Gb SSD, not both. You also state that the 4Gb Ram can be upgraded by adding one module at a time, but with matched pairs. This is correct for a desktop PC with 4 DIMM slots but your laptop, like almost all others, has one DIMM slot so you would need to get a bigger capacity short laptop memory card (check manual for maximum capacity). Likewise the wifi issue seems confused. The laptop can engage with various older protocols but has the current 300mbps 802.11n standard, you may have a router which is the older 802.11g or earlier standard, which is 54mbps. It is not the laptop at fault here. Finally you seem to believe that Ultrabooks should have Ultra performance, they don't the (Intel) standard is about ultra slim size and ultra light weight combined with long battery life and adequate perfomance. The i5 cpu, 4G ram and 500Gb HDD and good screen on this one makes it one of the higher performance and more attractive Ultrabooks. Admittedly there are ones that give better performance at over £1,000 but that is to be expected.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2012 18:59:04 BDT
Adrian the series 5 comes with 16gb ssd used a cache. A bit like seagate momentus XT (google it)
I would recommend the Samsung 535 AMD version for performance and value. It does better in games and is cheaper and has more ram .

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2012 18:59:06 BDT
Adrian the series 5 comes with 16gb ssd used a cache. A bit like seagate momentus XT (google it)
I would recommend the Samsung 535 AMD version for performance and value. It does better in games and is cheaper and has more ram .

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 16:50:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2012 16:52:42 BDT
I think there is confusion between a SSD and a Cache memory, which are similar, which is not helped by Samsung's own web site. The Series 5 offers EITHER a HDD with a 16Gb cache OR a separate 16Gb SSD. Why anyone would bother with a 16Gb SSD drive instead of the 500Gb HDD with 16Gb cache memory, I don't know. Probably why I have seen none on sale.
The same issue arises with the Seagate drive which uses its large cache (solid state) memory to emulate a SSD. It does not have a SSD attached to the HDD as it implies. All HDD's have solid state cache memory and Seagate claim to have an improved algorithm that helps identify files used most. This is undoubtedly the way Hard Disk Drives are going and would speed up data access. They claim this is "nearly as fast as a SSD" and can have "SSD-Like response". Seagate do not claim it matches a SSD or that they use one.
It was only earlier this year that it became possible to combine a separate SSD as a cache to a fast HDD and I had a new PC built to exploit that feature, and it is fast. With the slower drives in laptops I am sure there would be no noticeable gain in having a separate SSD and that a large cache memory of a Hard Disk Drive "acting like a SSD" is an ideal solution. I note your comments on the AMD versions, I admit I had only spotted these on Series 7 and a gaming machine but it seems worth checking out. However, for my (general) use, the Series 5 still seems to be an excellent choice and remains on my shortlist.
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