Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B Review

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The 14-inch Samsung Series 5 is the first Ultrabook with a built-in optical drive, but the screen and battery life could be better.

3 stars
(3 out of 5)

One of the most unique Ultrabooks yet, the Samsung Series 5 14-inch squeezes a DVD drive into a machine that’s a mere .8 inches thick. Think of it as a digital security blanket for those who still have the desire to use physical DVDs and install software from discs. Priced at $879, the Series 5 14-inch is also one of the most affordable laptops in its class. For your money, you also get a Core i5 processor and a hybrid hard drive that promises fast boots and resume times along with gobs of storage. Is this Ultrabook a good deal?

Read full review @ LAPTOP Magazine

Pros

  • Very light and thin for 14-inch laptop
  • Good audio
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Runs cool

Cons

  • Screen has limited viewing angles
  • Below-average battery life
  • Keyboard not backlit
  • Inconsistent wake-from-sleep times

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