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Samsung Series 3 NP355V5C review

Not an Ultrabook, but a big, powerful laptop

When we first got our hands on the Samsung Series 3, we thought it had multimedia machine written all over it, thanks to its optical drive, large hard drive and widescreen display.

That didn't really turn out to be its strengths, but good usability appeared in its place, and a nice array of ports mean it looks like a good work machine. Except it's got a bit of a weak battery life.

So it ends up in an odd place, then. Not quite media machine, not quite home machine - jack of all trades, master of none.

We liked

There's a nice, simple design to the Series 3. We like the lid pattern, and it's fairly minimalist when opened - no array of buttons sticking out, or horrible plastic partner logos (well, except for the five stickers on it).

For the specs, it's undoubtedly a good price, especially with that 1TB hard drive. Cloud storage is great, but you won't stop people storing masses of media for a few years yet, so a machine with a big hard drive is welcome.

The keyboard is really nice - comfortable and responsive. Overall usability is good, save for a couple of minor trackpad niggles.

We disliked

The benchmarks for the AMD processor and graphics are rather disappointing, even if real-world use doesn't feel too bad. We expected more from AMD's latest quad-core chips.

The battery life is hugely disappointing, too. As we said, we're not expecting an all-day machine, but there are laptops that cost a third less that last for as much as an hour longer, and we'd like it to match them for the price.

And for a machine that should be a knock-out for home use, we really would expect a Blu-ray drive, and either a higher quality screen at this resolution, or one with more pixels.

Final verdict

Though the Samsung Series 3 seems attractive on paper for its price, a closer look doesn't bear this out. Disappointing performance scores and battery life, along with a few missing specs, take the edge off what is otherwise a very capable machine. The Series 3 355V5C-S01 isn't bad, but it's not a great machine either.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 7670M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product Family3
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA10-4600M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeA-Series
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.50 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA70M
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height33 mm
Width372.5 mm
Depth243 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series3
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNP355V5C-S01UK
Product NameNotebook SERIES 3 355V 15.6?
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP355V5C-S01UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationAll answers for family needs

Now there's a notebook all the family can enjoy - the Samsung 355V. With the blistering power of the latest AMD® quad core processor and up to 1TB of storage you can get things done - fast! While a flexible range of ports, an ergonomic keyboard with a numeric keypad and anti-reflective screen ensure effortless usability, so life's much easier for everyone.

Package Contents
  • Notebook SERIES 3 355V 15.6"
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year