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Samsung NP530U3C

alaTest has collected and analyzed 420 reviews of Samsung NP530U3C. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The design and usability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Samsung NP530U3C is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung NP530U3C

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Samsung NP530U3C from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and design. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive comments about the reliability and connectivity. There are some mixed comments about the battery and durability.

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68% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung 530U3C 13.3-inch Ultrabook (Silver) - (Intel Core i5 3317UM 1.7GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Samsung 530U3C 13.3-inch Ultrabook (Silver) - (Intel Core i5 3317UM 1.7GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics,

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Felix Sold (notebookcheck.net)

Review Samsung Series 5 530U3C-A01DE Ultrabook

 

Ultrabook update. We reviewed the Samsung Series 5 530U3B-A01DE i

Elegant design; USB 3.0 and HDMI; Matte screen; Good brightness & illumination; Easy maintenance; Application performance; Battery life

VGA adapter no longer included; Screen’s limited opening angle; Contrast and high black value; No Turbo during load; No full-blown solid state drive; Increased temperature rates

Various ultrabooks with a 13.3 inch screen and Intel’s new processors that are sent into the second round. Among others, Toshiba’s Portégé Z930 and Satellite Z930 ultrabooks, Asus’ Zenbook UX31A featuring a Full HD screen or Acer’s Aspire S3 that is...

Jun, 2012

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A03UK

 

The laptop itself is great, and seems to be the best value for money when compared to similar featured laptops on the market.

The issue is that within weeks off getting this the laptop battery completely failed. Although this was probably a manufacturers fault in the particular laptop I bought, I had a bad experience with it & therefore would be hesitant to recommend this...

Nov, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A03UK

 

It's pink! Fabulous. Handy size / weight to carry around. Fast start up - really useful.

None that I've found.

Oct, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A03UK

 

The laptop itself is great, and seems to be the best value for money when compared to similar featured laptops on the market

The issue is that within weeks off getting this the laptop battery completely failed. Although this was probably a manufacturers fault in the particular laptop I bought, I had a bad experience with it & therefore would be hesitant to recommend this...

Oct, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A03UK

 

Bought this for my daughter for University, it's been a big hit.

Lack of Optical drive

Sep, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A03UK

 

Gorgeous looking product and battery life is good. I love the colour and style of the conputer. Is does what I need it to do and has lots of girly features :-)

Is it worth the money? Possibly not unless you are like me and love pink things :-) you can get other computers cheaper if you go for a bulkier one and in a different colour.

Sep, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A04UK

 

Powerful & compact machine with a high quality feel.

None found so far

Sep, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A03UK

 

It's pink! Fabulous. Handy size / weight to carry around. Fast start up - really useful

None that I've found

Aug, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A03UK

 

Bought this for my daughter for University, it's been a big hit

Lack of Optical drive

Aug, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Samsung NP530U3C-A03UK

 

compact, light

Windows 8 Programs load slowly or not at all. That sentence took 2 minutes to type. Have excellent wifi here so am blaming Windows 8 entirely. I will now have to take this new laptop to an expert to fix it. Not happy.

Aug, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD, SoundAlive / HDA / Sound Alive / SoundAlive / SRS 3D Sound Effect
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5 / 2 / 3 / 4

Battery

Battery Capacity:6100
Battery capacity (Watt hours):40 / 45
Battery life (max):6.5 / 7 / 7.5
Battery recharge time:3
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1280 x 800
Front camera resolution (numeric):1 / 1.3
Rear camera: No
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Certification:TCO 3.0
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: No
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Aluminium / Black / Black, grey / Black, Pink, Silver / Black, Silver / Brown / Brown, Silver / Grey / Pink / Silver / Titanium
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Plastic / Polycarbonate
Product colour:Aluminium / Black / Black, grey / Black, Pink, Silver / Black, Silver / Brown / Brown, Silver / Grey / Pink / Silver / Titanium
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:300
Display diagonal:33.8
Display number of colours:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Full HD: No
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.65
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO) / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: No
Keyboard language:English / German
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:80 / 81 / 84
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:12 / 4 / 6 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:On-board / On-board + SO-DIMM / SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
4G:No / Yes
4G LTE: No
4G standard:WiMAX
4G standards:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet / Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3x / IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3U
SIM card support: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4570
Operating altitude:0 - 3050
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 85 / 20 - 80 / 20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60 / -24 - 45

Optical Drive

Disc types supported: No
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD, SoundAlive / HDA / Sound Alive / SoundAlive / SRS 3D Sound Effect
Dimensions (WxDxH):315.1 x 218.9 x 17.6
Display:LCD / LED
Ethernet interface type:Fast, Gigabit / Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel
GSM module: No
HD-Ready: Yes
HDD user password: Yes
Indication light: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem: No
Light sensor: No
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Thunderbolt technology: No
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N / Y
Cables included:AC / Y
Handheld remote control:N / Y
Interface adapters included:HDMI male - VGA female
Manual:Y
Mouse included:N
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included:No / Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Handheld remote control:No / Yes
Interface adapters included:HDMI male - VGA female
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Package dimensions (WxDxH):395 x 330 x 82
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: No
Electronic compass: No
GPS (satellite): No
Orientation sensor: No
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 3.0 ports quantity:00
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini VGA ports quantity:1
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1 / 2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1
Volume Control:Digital

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:100 / 40 / 45 / 60
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L-RS-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express / Intel HM76 / Intel HM76 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:i3-2377M / i3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-2537M / I5-3317U / i5-3317UM / I5-3337U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 100 C / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):No / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54619 / 54834 / 65697 / 65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055 / 72057 / i3-2377M / i3-3217U / I5-3317U / I7-3517U
Processor code:SR03W / SR0CW / SR0N6 / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0XF / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection: Yes
Password protection type:BIOS / BIOS, HDD / BIOS, HDD, User / HDD / Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):No / Yes

Software

Bundled software:10531.1 / 335 x 655 x 330 / Microsoft Office Starter / S Player, S Galéria, S kamera, PowerDVD, Support Center, SW Update / S Player, S Gallery, S Camera, PowerDVD, Settings\nSupport Center, SW Update, Recovery / Samsung AllShare, Samsung Easy File Transfer, Samsung Recovery Solution / Samsung Recovery Solution / Samsung SideSync, S Player, S Gallery, S Camera, Evernote, Settings, Support Center, SW Update, Recovery / Samsung SideSync\nS Player\nS Gallery\nS Camera\nEvernote\nMicrosoft Office\nRecovery\nNorton Internet Security (60 days) / Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98, Mac OS X 10.2, Mac OS X 10.1.2
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro
Trial software:Microsoft Office, Norton Internet Security / Norton Internet Security / Norton Internet Security, Absolute Data Protection / Norton Internet Security, Norton Online Backup / Norton Online Backup, Absolute Data Protection

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC
Flash memory:24
Hard drive 2 capacity:500
Hard Drive Capacity:1 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA, Serial ATA II / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:16 / 24
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash / SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:120 / 128 / 24
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA / SATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 128 / 500 / 516 / 524

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:21.8 / 21.9
Depth (imperial):21.8
Height :1.49 / 1.76
Height (front):1.47 / 1.49
Height (front) (imperial):1.47
Height (rear):1.75 / 1.76
Height (rear) (imperial):1.75
Weight:1.45 / 1.48 / 1.49 / 1.5 / 1.52
Width:31.5
Width (imperial):31.5