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Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C review: Not an Ultrabook

Looks like an Ultrabook, but doesn't perform like one.

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Introduction

Intel of course doesn't own the right for making thin and sleek laptops possible. That AMD is perfectly capable of this as well, this Samsung NP535U3C already proves. The only thing that gives away that this is something different than the NP530 Ultrabooks, is the presence of an AMD A6 sticker and the lack of ULTRA in the product name. Otherwise you wouldn't know the difference.


The term Ultrabook is trademarked by Intel. If your product meets the criteria, you're allowed to attach that lable to it. Is your notebook to thick, then it's not an Ultrabook. Is it not equipped with Intel Core, but instead an Intel Celeron or Pentium processor or worse, an AMD processor? Then the laptop does not qualify as an Ultrabook. This is true for the Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A02NL that we are reviewing here. It sure looks like an Ultrabook, but it's not. The same notebook is available in the UK as the Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A01UK, except that it comes with 8GB instead of 4GB. We tested the laptop with 8GB as well.

Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A02NL

The Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A02NL comes in the same chassis as the Samsung NP530 series, but on the inside there are no similarities. That's why the NP535 is not allowed to carry the Ultrabook label, since the hardware is from AMD and not Intel. The connectors are identical to the Intel version. On the left you'll find the gigabit network port, USB 3.0, an HDMI port and an audio jack. On the right there are two USB 2.0 ports and a card reader. The integrated Atheros 802.11n adapter works on both 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz bands, and the same card provides Bluetooth functionality. These are very nice network features for a laptop of £499, we've seen worse on much more expensive models. The NP535U3C-A02NL has a matte 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels.

Storage is provided by a hard drive from Hitachi with a capacity of 500 GB, running at 5,400 RPM. The keyboard feels nice to type with, and it has a good touch. It gives way a little too much to be able to call it a top-of-the-line keyboard. There is no backlighting present. Samsung placed two large buttons below the fairly large touchpad. All-in-all, the laptop creates a good working environment.

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Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A02NL
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Laptop, AMD A6-4455M, 4 GB, 13.3 inch, 1366x768, AMD Radeon HD 7500G, 500 GB, Windows

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