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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



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.


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.

1.644 kg:

This weight is typical for very old and big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal; nowadays, rather typical for 15 inch laptops.

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.

77.67%: 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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Stefan Hinum, 2013-01-23 (Update: 2013-01-23)