Smart Portable

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Apr 5 2012, 07:58am hrs
Buying a laptop is never easy. With technological changes taking place so fast, it does not take much time for the latest technology to become obsolete. Moreover, not so tech-savvy people tend to get confused between netbook, notebook and laptop computers. Let me clear the air here. Over a period of time, the laptop versus notebook debates have lost their importance as the latter have started coming in the size of a laptop with the same features! Laptops have been growing in popularity, power and affordability. Its now easier than ever to find a powerful laptop that will perform most tasks.

If you are planning to purchase a powerful portable computer, the Samsung Notebook Series 5 Ultra can be a good option. I recently received the Samsung notebook computerNP530U4Bfor a product review, neatly packed in a sturdy cardboard box. My first impressions: youll never get tired of staring at the Series 5 Ultrabook. It is ultra-light, ultra-thin and ultra-sleek. The computing device is amazingly portable and perfectly designed for a mobile life. Because its remarkably thin and light its easy to take it with you anytime and anywhere.

The R54,390-a-piece Samsung Series 5 Ultra unites professional style and durability. It has a simple and refined exterior comprising a cool metallic aluminum, while the underside is made with fibre glass thats light but resistant to wear and damage. So youll always be shielded from the bumps and knocks of life on the roadwhile still looking good.

Ultra-portable laptops make size and weight the priority, shrinking things right down so they are much easier to carry, but often at the cost of features. Take my word, dont let your laptop limit your creativity; let it unleash it. At least, this was my experience with the Samsung Series 5 Ultra. Every photo, video, website and document just looks stunning with the Samsung Series 5 Ultras 35.56 cm high definition SuperBright screen, Image Enhancer technology and powerful AMD Radeon HD7550M (1 GB) graphics. Your eyes will feel less tired with 40% brighter screen and its also anti-reflective, so you can see everything clearly even in the sunshine. Let me admit that the superior display technology is hard to miss.

In general, notebook computers were considered to be less efficient than best laptops. With less drives, notebook computers were smaller when compared to laptops. But now, with the advent of Apple notebooks, notebooks computers are much efficient when compared to the best laptops in their performance. The Samsung Series 5 Ultra offers blazing fast performance too. Geeks at the South Korean consumer electronics major have incorporated some innovative solutions in this powerful notebook. For instance with a feature called Fast Boot, the computer boots-up in just 20 seconds while Fast Start wakes it from sleep in 2 seconds. Plus Fast Browsing makes frequently viewed Web pages run 2x faster.

In addition, having an ultra-portable notebook has always meant sacrificing storageuntil now. Unlike other slim notebooks, the Samsung Series 5 Ultra has a huge amount of space for your files and an integrated optical disk drive. Its ultra large capacity hard disk drive can store up to 1 TB of data, so can always enjoy your favourite music, pictures and movies.

The Samsung Series 5 Ultra includes a hard disk drive (maximum 1 TB) with over 2x the capacity of other slim models and up to 8 GB of upgradable memory to help you multitask effectively. Plus it includes a full HDMI port, VGA port and integrated optical disk drive. Thus working professionals have all the connectivity and ports that they need to get things done. From blazing fast USB, to a full size memory card reader, all the ports are present in the machine. Professionals on the move also need never worry about unexpectedly having to stop work. The notebook delivers up to 6.5 hours of power on a single charge.

Overall, the Samsung Series 5 Ultra is ideal for professionals who are always on the road.

Key Features

Dimensions: 333.0 x 229.5 x 20.9 mm (W x D x H)

Display: SuperBright 300nit HD LED display (1366 x 768), anti-reflective

Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Processor: Intel Core i5 Processor 2467M (1.60 GHz, 3 MB, L3 Cache)

Graphic processor: AMD Radeon HD7550M

6 GB DDR3 system memory at 1,333 MHz

Storage: 1 TB SATA II hard drive (5400 RPM) with ExpressCache 16 GB

1.3 megapixel HD Web camera

Weight: 1.79 kg

Estimated street price: R54,390