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Samsung NP530U3B

alaTest has collected and analyzed 265 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the value for money and portability are generally positive. The performance and screen also get good opinions, but many are negative about the sound.

design, screen, performance, portability, value for money


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung NP530U3B is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 265 reviews)

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Review Samsung 530U3B-A01DE Notebook


Ultra-cheap? A fast flash memory and a big HDD are paired in the

Elegant design; USB 3.0 and LAN port; High brightness; Matt screen; Good battery life

Display hinges allow the screen to teeter; SSD cache only; no full-fledged SSD; Low image contrast

The outdoor suitable screen shows shortcomings in contrast and illumination.

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Samsung Series 5 Ultra NP530U3B-A02


The Samsung Series 5 Ultra NP530U3B-A02 is a handsome, capable ultrabook, but its price tag is difficult to justify given its unimpressive performance and more nimble competitors.

Full-size HDMI port. Supports WiDi. Sleek, lightweight chassis

Keyboard isn't backlit. Some flexing on the lid. Unremarkable battery life. So-so performance

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Samsung Series 5 Ultra NP530U3B (13-inch, 128GB SSD)


As the thin, sleek laptops otherwise known as ultrabooks continue to wend their way through the computing landscape, two things will start to matter more than anything else: design and price. The Samsung Series 5 Ultra is a line of ultrabooks priced...

The 13-inch Samsung Series 5 Ultra NP530U3B is a more affordable ultrabook than the executive-line Series 9, and has plenty of ports crammed into its sleek body. Get the hard-drive version, and you'll shave an extra $150 off the price.

The touch pad, keyboard, and battery life aren't as excellent as you'd expect from a laptop this attractive-looking, and a plastic feel throughout makes it feel like a step down from a MacBook Air, which it is, in price.

Samsung's finally made an affordable ultrabook, and the 13-inch Series 5 Ultra is a well-priced and far slimmer product than its 14-inch cousin. Still, it's not a runaway bargain, and it feels like corners have been cut in adapting it from the stellar...


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"Slim and sleek with VARIOUS ports and great performance"


I got the Ivy Bridge version of this ultrabook lying around and the boot-up time was fast, even with only the hybrid SSD. The i5-3317U CPU felt responsive and the matte 1366 x 768 display had excellent horizontal viewing angles but not vertical. I was...

Keyboard felt tactile and responsive and touchpad was responsive too. The matte screen has great horizontal viewing angles and speakers were extremely loud and clear sounding. The design felt premium with largely aluminum builds and numerous ports.

The keyboard isn't backlit and the touchpad still has individual plastic buttons like a good ol' laptop (it is multi-touch though). The battery life isn't as good as other ultrabooks and hibernate has been deleted (just like other ultrabooks).

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Amazon review summary for Samsung NP530U3B


alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 user reviews of Samsung NP530U3B from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

performance, portability, design, screen, keyboard


71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Broke After Two Days


The product was great while it was working (for two days only). After it failed, we had it checked out by Samsung and have an active ticket. They stated that there was a missing partician wall and it is not recoverable. So... we now have to have the...

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Works for me


I got this to replace a deceased Macbook Pro. Since I only got 4 years out of the Mac and wasn't gonna spend stupid money to replace it, I went with this. I like it. Wish it had backlit keys, and the power jack seems fragile. But for the price it's a...

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Great unit, Fast shipping


Purchased this unit to put all my music into one place. Perfect fro what I needed to use via Airplay and itunes!

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Great Performance


As of 10-6-12 I have been using this Samsung for about 2 months and am happy with it. I bought it to use with my Pentax K-5 camera & it is great for downloading the SD card using the SD card slot. I am not use to the Windows 7 yet or the Windows...

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Excellent product.


Excellent product.

Comfortable Keyboard","Fast","Lightweight","Long Battery Life","Powerful","Quality Display","Quiet


Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Intel ® HD Graphics 3000


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM65
Processor:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2467M