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Samsung Series 3 review

Dependable AMD-powered budget laptop ideal for family use

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Graphically capable
  • Plenty of storage
  • Solid build
  • Highly usable

Against

  • Short battery life
  • Limited AMD performance

Hot on the heels of Samsung's Series 7 and Series 9 laptops comes the more budget-friendly Samsung Series 3 NP305V5AI.

This AMD-powered portable PC uses less powerful components than its older siblings, but comes in at half the cost too, making it better suited to families and users with more basic needs.

After reviewing a long line of black and silver laptops, the Samsung Series 3 was immediately refreshing, with its friendly blue design. This colourful metallic finish covers the lid and the keyboard, with a white interior giving it a fresh appearance.

Anyone with small children will be relieved to hear it's solidly built too, so can withstand a bashing by tiny fists. The Samsung Series 3 laptop's palm rests are firm, and we only noticed a little flex around the DVD drive. The screen is held firm by some strong hinges, while the lid itself is rigid enough to absorb any bumps, to protect the display.

Samsung series 3 review

As usual, the laptop's isolation-style keyboard is comfortable for all-day typing. Keys are firmly mounted and spaced apart to prevent typos, and none of them are particularly crushed - even the arrow keys are given generous space, instead of being crammed into a single row.

Spreadsheet lovers rejoice - the Samsung Series 3 laptop also has a numeric keypad for those sweaty number crunching sessions.

We did find the very centre of the board a little spongy, but while this cheapens the feel of the overall quality, it doesn't impair your typing in any way.

The touchpad is similarly well-endowed, covering the full width of the palm rests. The smooth surface is responsive, and supports multi-touch gesturing for zooming in and out of photos and documents. If you rub your finger up and down the right-hand edge, you can also scroll through files.

At 2.5kg, the Samsung Series 3 is fairly average for a 15.6-inch laptop, proving light enough to throw in a backpack and carry around all day.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Product Family3
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA6-3410MX
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.49 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height30.5 mm
Width365.8 mm
Depth241.3 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series3
ManufacturerSamsung
Product Model305V5A-A05
Product Name305V5A-A05 Notebook
Manufacturer Part NumberNP305V5A-A05US
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationLighter, brighter, longer

From among the world's lightest to the most powerful, Samsung's Notebook PCs take productivity with you wherever you go.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)