Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook NP530U3C-A03PH

Samsung has released a third variant of their 13.3-inch Series 5 Ultrabook. Samsung now has this Ultrabook in three variants. The first does not fall within the definition of an Ultrabook. While it uses the same thin and light frame as its siblings, Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A01PH is powered by AMD's A6-4455 Accelerated Processing Unit with a dual core processor and Radeon graphics. This unit is the cheapest among the three, priced at just Php29,900. The second is the Samsung Series 5 NP530U3C-A03PH, powered by Intel's new Ivy Bridge processor, with a power Core i5 dual core processor inside. The Intel Core i5 version, will set you back just Php42,900.

Now Samsung has a third variant, the Samsung Series 5 NP503U3C-A02PH. At the outset, we should say this is our least favorite among the three. It is price at Php38,900, which is 4K cheaper than its higher end sibling. Instead of the Ivy Bridge Core i5, you get an older Sandy Bridge Core i3. 

Other than that, it has identical specifications as its higher end sibling with a good amount of RAM at 4GB, a 500 GB hard drive with a 24 GB SSD cache, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI out, WiFi, webcam and a 4-in-1 card reader. Still, for just 4K more I would rather have the more power, and probably more power efficient Core i5 powered  Samsung Series 5 NP503U3C-A03PH. I would suspect though this model was released to undercut the price of Acers' Series 3 Ultrabook at Php39,900. The Samsung Series 5 NP503U3C-A02PH is the better choice than the Acer S3.

If you are looking for a slim (0.69-inch) and light (3.2 pound) laptop, Samsung with a budget of 30-40K, Samsung has all the bases covered. 

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