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Samsung NP540U3C 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 4GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 13.3" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 4GB Jan 2014
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15 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This medium processor core notebook PC received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from pcself.com.

Good Brand

Notebook PCs built by Samsung generally have good reviews compared to other brands.

Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The Samsung NP540U3C has one of the bigger maximum internal memory supported by processors (32 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the NP540U3C the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 23GB.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Samsung NP540U3C supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs of a similar type and age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs of this age and type.

Across similar types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Has a Front Camera

The NP540U3C has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this notebook PC and we think the HP 8440p, and the Acer Aspire S3 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Light

At only 1.7 kilograms, the NP540U3C is quite light compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the NP540U3C. Across all the laptops that have been available for around the same time as the NP540U3C the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory

When compared to other notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the NP540U3C that we have assessed the hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory of, the NP540U3C's hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory of 24 gigabytes is one of the biggest. Portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the NP540U3C have hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory of between 8GB and 32GB, and the average hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory is 8.8GB.

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Fairly High Speaker Power

The Samsung NP540U3C has a fairly high speaker power (2 Watts) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the NP540U3C. The speaker power of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the NP540U3C range from 1W to 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The NP540U3C has a touch sensitive screen, which is unusual. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the NP540U3C do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared all the other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen to this laptop and we think the Asus VivoBook S200, and the DELL XPS 13 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the NP540U3C the front camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 1,300MP. With a front camera resolution of 1.3 megapixels, the NP540U3C has one of the higher front camera resolutions amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The display brightnesss of laptops of this age and spec range from 20 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m². With a display brightness of 300 candellas per square meter, the NP540U3C has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the NP540U3C.

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Narrow

The NP540U3C is quite narrow (only 315.1 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the NP540U3C. The widths of laptops of a comparable spec and age to the NP540U3C range from 38mm to 430mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Samsung NP540U3C is a one PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC.

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

Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the NP540U3C have between one and four 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 Samsung NP540U3C does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the NP540U3C.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the NP540U3C has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the NP540U3C. Notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 10" and 18".

If you want a notebook PC with a bigger screen size then you might also want to consider the DELL Latitude E6440 (14") which also has a higher rating.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to it. 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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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched 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. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the NP540U3C have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung NP540U3C

Released Over Three Years Ago

This medium processor core notebook PC was released over three years ago.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The NP540U3C has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Samsung NP540U3C has a fairly standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the NP540U3C.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the DELL XPS 13 (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the NP540U3C has a fairly average internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the NP540U3C.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4GB internal memory portable PCs currently available including the Asus VivoBook S200 which has better reviews.

If this medium processor core notebook PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the DELL Inspiron 15 (8GB and higher rated).

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.8 gigahertz, the NP540U3C has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the NP540U3C.

There are a number of other 1.8GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available that you might want to consider including the Asus VivoBook S200 which has better reviews.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the DELL Latitude E6540 (2GHz and higher rated).

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Device Type
Colour
Product Type
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
L3 Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
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
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
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
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
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
Mini VGA Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
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 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Island-Style 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
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
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
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers np540u3, np540u3c, np540u3ckd1br, samsung np540u3, samsung np540u3c
Barcodes 08806085884908

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