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Edit: The offer has ended. Did anyone get one at the offer price?
US readers, I just got an alert that theUltrabook is being offered at a special price today. $729.88
I’ve reviewed the Series 5 and it’s a really solid device. In fact, I bought one for my wife (and she’s using it next to me, right now.)
Samsung Series 5 NP530U3B-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Silver) at Amazon, US.
To all intents and purposes the Series 5 is a simple, unfussy and polite Ultrabook but there’s a lot going on under the hood. It’s a swan! Express Cache is doing it’s stuff to improve boot, hibernation and application startup times and Turbo is giving a leg-up where needed; but only a little one. It seems thehas been de-tuned in order to keep it quiet.
I spent 2hrs testing the in front of an audience this evening – the best way to review!(530u3B)
We didn’t find any showstoppers but we did find an empty memory slot. You can see an upgrade to 8GB in the fourth video in the playlist below but in the other three videos I give you a deep dive into the Series 5.
Ultrabooknews.com has thefor testing. Here’s the unboxing video.
Unboxing and overview, comparison and information on a free software package below.
The 13.3” Series 5 is already shipping in Germany so expect full reviews from that part of the world within days but there’s already a nice detailed review up at 3DNews, a Russian website, who also appear to be happy with the Ultrabook. They’ve got some ‘naked’ pictures too!
Germany was one of the countries that never got that good value Ultrabook alternative the Samsung so maybe that’s the reason why the Series 5 Ultrabook has entered the market there at an interesting price point. In other countries, low Series 5 pricing could clash with the existing NP350. €780 for the Core i5 version in Germany is a very good price and if you want to go up to Core i7 with 8GB RAM, there’s an option at around €1000 today. For those not familiar with Euros, it’s the same price as the Toshiba Z830 with the Core i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM. The Core i7 option is not showing in the USA.
While I’ve got the chance to test the” and 14” at the Samsung Media Lounge here at CES I downloaded CrystalDiskMark, did a boot test and a few other tests.
I’ve already talked about the keyboard which is as good as the keyboard I’m using right now on the . I’ve also mentioned the good selection of ports and the Wi-Di which put it ahead of devices like the .
With such a short amount of time it’s really impossible to say anything definitive about the newUltrabooks but I’ve had a chance to have some uninterrupted time with the two devices at the Samsung Media Lounge here at CES and the devices do seem well-rounded. I’m especially impressed with the keyboard, ports and Wi-Di . If you’re thinking about the , I would advise to wait for the NP530.
More images and two overview videos below.
I’ve had a great, although not exactly easy 2 weeks away from the desk for the Christmas period and I’m relieved to see that there wasn’t much in the way of Ultrabook news that I missed. In fact, the only real news was the availability, competitive pricing and interesting specification information for the Samsung NP530 13” Ultrabook that I discovered just minutes before Christmas Day. The Verge has a tip on a potential 14” HP Spectre Envy Ultrabook too but there’s really no information on that yet.
The Samsung NP530 is the new 1.4KG Series 5 Ultrabook you saw launched in South Korea a short while back. We’ve now confirmed It’s coming to other countries soon as we’ve just spotted pre-order for it in Germany. The specifications and price are looking very competitive.