Samsung Series 5 NP530 (NP530U3C)

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Overview

The new Samsung Series 5 Ultra 530U3C-A02 is currently being offered with the Core i7, 8GB RAM and 500GB hybrid hard drive (we hope with the same ExpressCache setup as the current Series 5 it works well) for 999€ which is about the same as the launch prices for entry level models of 1st-Gen Ultrabooks. There's an NP530U3C-A05 listed for 799€ and this is currently showing with a Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor. We suspect this will turn out to be the entry-level version of the new Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge. As a starting price, it's not too bad.

Samsung Series 5 NP530 Price. (RRP. See below for latest prices.)
Germany:€79930 Oct 12

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EAN:0036725736412 (US)

Specifications for the Samsung Series 5 NP530

Specifications (base version)
Manufacturer Samsung
Model name Series 5 NP530
Model id NP530U3C
CPU type Intel Core i7 3517U
CPU speed 1700 Mhz
Graphics Intel HD 4000
OS Microsoft Windows 8.1
Display Size
13.3" 1366 X 768
Screen Type
LED-Backlit LCD
Touch Technology
No Touchscreen
RAM 8192 MB
SSD 16 GB
Hard Disk 500 GB
Battery capacity 45 (Wh)
Weight 1450g / 51.1 oz.
Size (w/h/d mm) 315/219/18.0 mm
Size (w/h/d inches) 12.4/8.6/0.7

Physical Interfaces
DC-in
Ethernet 10/100/1000
HDMI
Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)
SDHC Card Slot
USB 2.0 (x3)

Wireless Interfaces
802.11 b/g/n
BT 4.0
No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)

Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)
AC Adaptor
Microphone
Multitouch Touchpad
Stereo speakers
WebCam

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Latest Samsung Series 5 NP530 News

Latest News (10 most recent.) All linksTrack product
Samsung Series 5 (2011) Review01/03/13
Samsung Series 5 NP530 Update Leaked. Ivy Bridge, New Ports.02/05/12
Pocket Lint - Samsung Series 5 Review13/04/12
PCPro - Samsung Series 5 Review29/03/12
PCMag - Samsung Series 5 Review29/03/12
Live Review of the Samsung Series 5 13"20/03/12
Ritchies Room overview of the Samsung Series 507/02/12
Samsung Series 5 Ultrabooks Disk, Boot, Power Testing18/01/12
Early Opinion, Video Hands-On with the Series 5 Ultrabooks12/01/12
Ultrabooknews testing the Series 5 Ultrabooks12/01/12
All Samsung Series 5 NP530 links.

Product Notes
Note the new port layout and upgrade to BT 4.0. Weight and screen resolution stays as before which will disappoint those looking for a high-end solution. Remember that Samsung also have the Series 9. The Series 5 Ultrabook is their budget ultrathin offering!

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