Samsung 530U4BI review: Samsung 530U4BI

One of the big selling points of the ultrabook is its speed at booting and resuming from sleep. The Series 5's bootup time was fine, about 20 seconds, but the resume from sleep was a mixed bag. Sometimes it started up again right away, other times it got stuck or resumed very slowly, at least compared with the MacBook Air. But this isn't a problem exclusive to this model; we've run into similar slowness on most of the other current ultrabooks as well.

Juice box
Samsung Series 5 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.49
Sleep (10 percent) 0.67
Idle (25 percent) 8.25
Load (5 percent) 32.48
Raw kWh 35.36
Annual energy cost $4.02

Annual power consumption cost
Asus UX31E-DH52
$4.00 
Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01
$4.02 

The Samsung Series 5 ran for 4 hours and 44 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. That's decent for a midsize laptop, but a bit below average for an ultrabook. Dell's XPS 13, the Lenovo U300s, and even the 14-inch HP Spectre did a bit better. That's fine for everyday use, but we'd want it to hit at least 5 hours before we'd feel confident in carrying this system around all day for mission-critical work without a power cord.

Samsung includes a standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. The company's support Web site offers an easy-to-use menu for finding your laptop model, and frequently asked questions and driver/manual downloads are easily accessible. Samsung's 1-800 service number is also prominently displayed, which isn't always the case on support pages.

The Samsung Series 5 is a perfectly fine 14-inch laptop, and is even pleasingly slim and long-lived compared with other 14- and 15-inch models. But its use of the ultrabook term is unfortunate: it may meet Intel's definition, but it definitely skirts the spirit, if not the letter, of the concept.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)  
Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01
776 

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01
222 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01
154 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01
288 

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System configurations
Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

HP Envy 14 Spectre
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 128GB Samsung solid-state drive

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 128GB Samsung solid-state drive; Intel HD 3000 Toshiba 128GB solid-state drive

Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2557M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 128GB solid-state drive

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-2677M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 256GB JMicron 616 solid-state drive

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MSRP: $949.99

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  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color silver
  • Weight 4 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • CPU Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2467M / 1.6 GHz
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