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Samsung NP540U3C 2 Core Intel Core I5-2xxx 1.4GHz 4GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 13.3" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-2xxx 1.4GHz 4GB Apr 2013
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Samsung Laptops Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,781 user and expert reviews for Samsung laptops and found that on average Samsung has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Samsung has good reviews specifically within its ultrabooks range.

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The NP540U3C has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the NP540U3C. This portable PC is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC compared to most of the portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the NP540U3C which only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the NP540U3C is 200MHz and the fastest is 650MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 350 megahertz, the Samsung NP540U3C has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the NP540U3C.

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Has a Front Camera

The NP540U3C has a front camera, as do most of the other portable PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

Ultrabooks that were launched more than two years ago have total storage capacity of between 64GB and 1.1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 360GB. The Samsung NP540U3C has a fairly big total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a similar age to the NP540U3C.

If you would prefer a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Lenovo X1 Carbon (512GB), or the DELL XPS 13 (512GB).

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1,066MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Samsung NP540U3C supports a 1,066MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most laptops that were released more than two years ago. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all laptops that came out more than two years ago the best memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,600MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on laptops of this age and spec.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on ultrabooks that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Samsung NP540U3C has a touch sensitive screen, which is unusual. Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the NP540U3C do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Fairly High Speaker Power

Across all the comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years the speaker power range from 1W to 4W. The Samsung NP540U3C has a quite high speaker power (2 Watts) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Samsung NP540U3C has more USB 2.0 ports than most of the ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the NP540U3C. This portable PC is a two USB 2.0 port laptop compared to most of the laptops of a comparable spec and age to the NP540U3C which only have one USB 2.0 port.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

With a front camera resolution of 1.3 megapixels, the NP540U3C has a quite high front camera resolution compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for more than two years. Across all the ultrabooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the NP540U3C the front camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 1,300MP.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the NP540U3C range from 23Wh to 72Wh. The NP540U3C has a quite big battery capacity (52 watt-hours) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

With a width of only 315.1 millimeters, the Samsung NP540U3C is one of the narrower notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years amongst portable PCs of this age. Notebook PCs that are a similar age to the NP540U3C have widths of between 280mm and 420mm.

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16 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

At only 21.3 gigabytes per second, the NP540U3C has a very slow maximum processor memory bandwidth compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for more than two years. Ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as the NP540U3C have maximum processor memory bandwidths of between 21GB/s and 26GB/s, and the average maximum processor memory bandwidth is 26GB/s.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Across all the ultrabooks that are a similar age to the NP540U3C the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 8GB to 32GB. When compared to other portable PCs of this age and type that we have checked, the Samsung NP540U3C's maximum internal memory supported by processor of only 8 gigabytes is one of the smallest.

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Only Two Displays Supported by On-Board Grap

The NP540U3C is a portable PC that uses two displays supported by on-board grap.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the NP540U3C is 1,100MHz. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of the NP540U3C of only 900 megahertz is one of the slowest amongst laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

Most ultrabooks that have been available for more than two years have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the NP540U3C which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The NP540U3C does not have a full-size keyboard, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the NP540U3C also do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Samsung NP540U3C has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 13.3 inches) amongst ultrabooks of this age. Across all the ultrabooks that came out more than two years ago the screen sizes range from 11" to 18", and the average screen size is 14".

If this portable PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the X1 Carbon (14"), the X1 Carbon (£697.00) (14"), or the X1 Carbon (14") all from Lenovo.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other laptops of this spec and age that we have assessed, the Samsung NP540U3C's processor clock speed of only 1.4 gigahertz is one of the slowest. The slowest processor clock speed of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago is 1GHz and the fastest is 2.9GHz.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Portable PCs of this age and type have internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the NP540U3C has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the NP540U3C is 1,000MHz, the fastest is 1,600MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz. With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the NP540U3C has one of the slowest memory clock speeds amongst laptops of this age.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The NP540U3C is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

Across all the portable PCs of this age and spec the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3.6GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.9GHz. The Samsung NP540U3C has one of the slowest maximum turbo frequencies (only 2.3 gigahertz) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed

With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the NP540U3C has a fairly slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age. The slowest hard drive speed of notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 5,400 RPM, the fastest is 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,200 RPM.

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Quite Small L3 Cache

With a L3 cache of only 3 megabytes, the Samsung NP540U3C has a quite small L3 cache compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for more than two years. Portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the NP540U3C have L3 caches of between 2MB and 6MB.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Samsung NP540U3C

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Samsung portable PC has been on the market for over three years.

Intel Core I5-2xxx Processor Family

The NP540U3C has an Intel Core i5-2xxx processor family which is better than the AMD E processor family found on most portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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HDD Storage Medium

The NP540U3C has a better storage medium than most similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to it. This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, whereas most comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to it have an SSD storage medium. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

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Average Weight

At 1.7 kilograms, the NP540U3C has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the DELL Latitude 6430u (1.7kg).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G WiMAX
Networking Standard
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Included Driver
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(1)
8 May 2014

Windows 8 propone un nuovo modo di interagire con il sistema operativo grazie al touch screen. La maggior parte dei computer portatili non consente però di gestire l'input tramite il tocco delle... Read more…

Decent battery life for a touch system
Attractive design
Narrow bezels, responsive touchscreen
Comfortable keyboard
Smart design and decent build quality
Some touchpad issues
Heavy, even for a touchscreen Ultrabook
Other laptops offer the same or better specs for less money
Screen very reflective
Iffy horizontal and vertical viewing angles

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 24 August 2013 by Marc Munier

I totally love this camera: Huge I mean huge range of modes There is a mode for everything I mean everything, from the beach to fireworks to low light (very clever takes 4 shots rapidly then... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers np540u3, np540u3c, samsung np540u3, samsung np540u3c
Barcodes 08806085637764

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2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.9GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 12.5"
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2 core Intel Core i5-2xxx 1.4GHz 4GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 13.3"
£ 910.00
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4GB Bigger Internal Memory
Bigger Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
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244GB Smaller Total Storage Capacity
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Toshiba Tecra Z50 vs Samsung NP540U3C
Toshiba Tecra Z50
2 core Intel Core i7-4xxx 2.1GHz 16GB 256GB SSD 15.6"
Samsung NP540U3C
2 core Intel Core i5-2xxx 1.4GHz 4GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 13.3"
£ 1,449.58
75% Bigger Internal Memory
Two More USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
Three USB 3.0 Ports
8GB Bigger Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Only One USB 2.0 Port
96% Smaller Total Storage Capacity

Lenovo X1 Carbon vs Samsung NP540U3C

Lenovo X1 Carbon vs Samsung NP540U3C
Lenovo X1 Carbon
2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.6GHz 8GB 128GB SSD 14"
Samsung NP540U3C
2 core Intel Core i5-2xxx 1.4GHz 4GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 13.3"
£ 697.00
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One More USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
50% Bigger Internal Memory
Eight Battery Cells
Significantly Smaller Total Storage Capacity
1W Lower Speaker Power
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