Samsung Series 5 Ultra review
10 December 2012, 16:09
Cape Town - Samsung has raced to ensure that it can offer the latest version of Windows to consumers as soon as possible.
Samsung Series 5 Ultra is a notebook powered by Windows 8 and while
it's significantly heavier than ultrabooks, it makes up for it with some
decent specifications for a road warrior.
At its core is an
Intel Core i5 processor mated to 4GB RAM that gives the notebook lots of
grunt for intense computing and there were no slowdowns observed in
One of the hero features of the new Series 5 is
the inclusion of a touch screen which helps a lot in navigating the
Windows 8 Pro operating system installed on the device.
become virtually standard on high-end laptops, there is no optical
drive, but you get a USB 3.0 port along with HDMI and a standard network
port when you decide to tether the device.
is a 500GB hard drive (amazing that this is now regarded is pretty
standard) but you lose around 50GB when it's formatted for Windows and
it's worth noting that the OS consumes around 60GB.
definition touch screen makes using the Series 5 much easier than a
traditional laptop running Windows 8, and the 33.8cm size makes it
comfortable for a device intended to be mobile.
The SD card slot
is neatly recessed on the right of the laptop and the entire machine is
finished with an elegant metal finish that gives it good-looking
However, despite the hints of mobility, the
Series is noticeably heavy - in fact significantly heavier at 1.5kg than
the Samsung Series 9, though the latter runs Windows 7 (for now).
Also, the battery life is not acceptable for a machine in this price range, lasting less than five hours with normal use.
the weight and battery life may be due to the touch screen, but the
cost of the Series 5 almost makes buying a separate ultrabook and tablet
The Samsung Series 5 has made its bid for your Christmas
stocking, but it might be worth your while holding out for an updated
Series 9 (with touch screen or even dual screen) or living with a
previous generation Series 5 at a fraction of the cost for much of the
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