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Samsung 540U3C-A01DE


Samsung 540U3C-A01DE
NP540U3C-A01DE (Series 5 Series)
Intel Core i5-3317U 2 x 1.7 - 2.6 GHz, Ivy Bridge
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Core: 350 MHz,
8 GB 
, 2x 4 GB, PC3-12800, DDR3 SDRAM, 1600 MHz
13.30 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Yes, Samsung SEC0200, TN LED , WXGA, glossy: yes
Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
SanDisk U100 128 GB, 128 GB 
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone/microphone jack, Card Reader: SD
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
height x width x depth (in mm): 22 x 315 x 219 ( = 0.87 x 12.4 x 8.62 in)
45 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4 cells, 6100 mAh, 7.4 V, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: Isolation keyboard, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty
1.644 kg ( = 57.99 oz / 3.62 pounds), Power Supply: 277 g ( = 9.77 oz / 0.61 pounds)
1049 Euro


Price comparison

Average Score: 77.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: 79%, performance: 86%, features: 75%, display: 62% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 88%, emissions: 86%

Reviews for the Samsung 540U3C-A01DE

85% Review Samsung 540U3C Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
That special touch. The Samsung Series 5 540U3C is the successor to its forefather, the 530U3C. On the outside, the two notebooks look as similar as a pair of eggs; but in terms of the technological innards, Samsung has jazzed up the compact subnotebook with Windows 8 and a touchscreen -- and they've affixed an asking price of 1000 Euros (~$1320). Are the new alterations worth the steep 200 Euros (~$261) price jump?
Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch SSD Ultrabook Review
Source: Ultrabook News English version
If we had an editors award we’d be giving it to the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch right now because it’s a well-built, well engineered and good looking Ultrabook that can handle many duties well. There’s the possibility of upgrading SSD and memory and the touchscreen adds fun and productivity. A good set of ports with a full-size SSD card slot completes the line-up. If Samsung had thrown in a 1600×900 screen the package would be near perfect. But that’s possibly what the new Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook is there for so as that feeds in to the market, look for pricing offers on the Series 5 Ultra Touch. At $849 it’s already good value but we feel that there’s at least $100 to be had in offers later this year. As a back-to-school Ultrabook as the new Haswell-based Ultrabooks feed in, this could be become 2013’s best mainstream Ultrabook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/04/2013

Foreign Reviews

78% Touch-Ultrabook mit Display-Schwäche
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 79% performance: 90% features: 79% display: 50% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 90%
Schwaches Display, langer Atem
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN version
Positive: low price Negative: deficient display
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2013
70% Samsung Series 5 Ultra NP540U3C
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%


Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

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

Samsung: Samsung Group is the largest South Korean conglomerate and was founded in 1938. Samsung Group employed 489,000 people in 2014 and is one of the world's largest companies in terms of revenue and market strength. The name Samsung means "Three Stars" in Korean and represents the three sons of the company's founder. The company was founded in 1938 as a grocery store. With its subsidiary Samsung Electronics, founded in 1969, Samsung took up the production of electrotechnical items, focusing on consumer electronics and household appliances at an early stage. Other branches in which the large corporation is active include mechanical engineering, automobiles (Hyundai), insurance, wholesale, real estate and leisure. Samsung manufactures a wide range of electronic products, including smartphones, televisions, home appliances and semiconductors. The company's Galaxy line of smartphones is one of the most popular in the world. Samsung is also a major player in the semiconductor industry, making memory chips and processors for many other electronics manufacturers.

77.67%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2013-01-23 (Update: 2013-01-23)