Average of 13 scores (from 21 reviews)
Reviews for the Samsung 530U3B-A01DE
Ultra-cheap? A fast flash memory and a big HDD are paired in the new ultrabook 530U3B from Samsung. The slim notebook comes with a bright and matt 13.3 inch screen. At a street price of below EUR 800, it belongs to the cheaper representatives of the new notebook category. Where do cutbacks have to be made?
The Samsung Series 5 Ivy Bridge update presents a moderately well powered ultrabook that delivers a solid $1000 ultrabook experience. Unless you’re a power user or fancy a spot of gaming with the latest titles, it’s a good choice. Samsung has a 17-inch gamer for the gaming enthusiasts.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2012
Source: Computer Active
Applications performance is in line with what we'd expect since the Series 5 has the same 1.6GHz Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM as most other Ultrabooks. Battery life is disappointing though, lasting just five hours and 20 minutes in our light use test, which is noticeably less than almost every other Ultrabook we've seen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Hardware Zone
So this is the part where we tell you if you should or shouldn't buy the Samsung Series 5 Ultra. Unfortunately, it isn't as simple and clear-cut as many of its cometitors we've come across. This is largely due to the fact that as an Ultrabook, the Samsung Series 5 Ultra is very attractively priced at just $S1288.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% mobility: 75%
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 Series 9's design. You also might want to wait a few weeks for Intel's latest processors to arrive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Pocket Lint
The weak point of this machine is its screen. But it's not a total disaster by any stretch of the imagination. If we had a choice, we'd prefer that the screen had a little more flexibility in its movement too, but we could live with this.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/12/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World
Here's the thing: Samsung pitches the Series 5 Ultra as the first Ultrabook to sport an optical drive. But it's not, because it's not an Ultrabook. Sure, it may (barely) hit the 21mm thickness mark, but it contains a hard disk drive (along with a cache SSD for speedy startup) and it weighs 3.9 pounds. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent ultraportable laptop--it's just not at all what I think of when I think "Ultrabook." Still, if you're looking for a small laptop with more ports and functionality than an Ultrabook, the Samsung Series 5 Ultra is your machine.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Pro
Samsung has clearly had to cut back on some luxuries to hit that price, but the Series 5 puts in a balanced performance. It’s a better all-rounder than Acer’s cheaper Aspire S3, and the bright display leaves that of Lenovo’s otherwise lovely IdeaPad U300s in the shade. We know you can get something truly beautiful if you spend only a few hundred pounds more than this, but it’s great to see that those on a budget now finally have a serious Ultrabook option.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/28/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 83% performance: 50% features: 83% ergonomy: 83%
The term ultrabook has been well and truly established in the past year, with a raft of slim and sexy models launched. The Samsung Series 5 ultrabook offers the sort of clean, mature design you'd expect to see in a big city boardroom. Sadly though, it doesn't offer enough processor performance or screen resolution to warrant its relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 82% features: 82% display: 83% mobility: 69% ergonomy: 87% emissions: 79%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/05/2012
Rating: performance: 70% features: 50% display: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 50% ergonomy: 50%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/15/2012
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 73% display: 68% mobility: 91% workmanship: 84% ergonomy: 86% emissions: 85%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 75% display: 90% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 90%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
attractive Ultrabook, good workmanship and battery runtime, matte display, big but slow harddisk, low price
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/19/2012
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Positive: valuable case, performance, keyboard; negative: price, glossy display
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/29/2012
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/20/2012
Source: Wikitech HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/21/2012
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/28/2012
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/29/2012
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/05/2012
Rating: Total score: 83%
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/07/2012
Rating: Total score: 92%
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2012
CommentIntel HD Graphics 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
2467M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.6-2.3 GHz due to Turbo boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1150 MHz and a DDR3-1333 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
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.
In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.
In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.
77.08%: 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.