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Samsung 300E5A-S01

Specifications

Samsung 300E5A-S01Notebook: Samsung 300E5A-S01 (Series 3 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i3 2330M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX 1024 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 2.3kg
Price: 550 euro
Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 80%, features: 64%, display: 67% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 81%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 88%

Reviews for the Samsung 300E5A-S01

80% Review Samsung 300E5A-S01 Notebook | Notebookcheck
Is a little more OK? The Samsung 300E5A wants to stand out with high mobility at a low price, despite the lack of ULV hardware. Even the odd game isn't a problem for the Office notebook thanks to the switchable Nvidia GPU.
80% Test Samsung 300E5A-S01 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/22/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 67% mobility: 85% workmanship: 81% ergonomy: 81% emissions: 88%
Samsung 300V - nenápadně s výkonem
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/07/2012

Comment

Series:

It has come a long way for Samsung in the Laptop market and Samsung is now one of the biggest names out there. Hence it isn’t a surprise to see Samsung pushing out laptops in all sizes available. The series-3 is one of the examples of Samsung’s strategy to gain its market share in the laptop category. With a 17-inch display, it serves well for those who tend to use their laptop as a desktop replacement. However, unlike its competitors, Samsung has decided to offer the series-3 in many variants, stretching the price range of this series. It serves well for those who use it just as a multimedia device or even for gamers. The good thing about this laptop is the choice of hardware customization it offers. The Samsung series-3 laptop can be purchased with a AMD processor or even with Intel’s i3, i5 or i7. At the price Samsung is selling it for, it is definitely a better choice over its competitors.

However, it does have some downsides to it. Being a budget friendly device, it doesn’t really offer any kind of luxury look or even anything remotely close to class. We’ve seen much cheaper laptops with lower spec which manages to push better looks. The built quality also shouts budget. They’ve tried to make the plastic exterior look like brushed metal but they seem to have failed at deceiving our eyes. Another huge let down is its low quality display. When all other competitors have started fitting full-HD displays for laptops this size, the series-3 only comes with a 1600 x 900 pixels display. A full-HD display would cost more and only comes with the higher range models. Nonetheless, the Samsung series-3 is still something to consider when you’re choosing a bigger, budget-friendly laptop.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX:

Entry level graphics card based on the GF119 chip with a 64 Bit memory bus. Compared to the GT 520M, the MX is higher clocked.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


2330M:

Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The CPU is clocked at 2.2 GHz and features the Turbo Boost 2.0 only for the graphics card (650/1100MHz).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.6":

15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.3 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.


Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

Samsung reviews


80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-03- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)