Until now, AMD processors have been used in normal sized notebooks and some netbooks like Acer 725 that comes with AMD C60 CPU. Samsung is one of the first ultrabook manufactures that has started selling ultrabooks with AMD APUs. The Series 5 535 model is the first one to incorporate the new AMD A6 4455M (13.3 inch NP535U3C-A01US) and A10-4655M (used in 14.1 inch NP535U4C-A01US) APU that is clocked at 2.1GHz. Check out AMD A10 4655m benchmark.
Both 13.3 inch and 14.1 inch models have similar specs except for the difference in processor and storage capacities – the 13.3 inch NP535U3C comes with 500GB HDD while the 14.1 inch NP535U4C features a bigger 750GB HDD. Common specs include ATi Radeon HD 7500G graphics, 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM (up to 8GB supported), 1.3 mega pixel webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GbE LAN, HDMI output, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 4-in-1 memory card reader, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Where to buy?
- 13.3 inch model – Just $699 [link – amazon]
- 14.1 inch model – Just $799 (you save $150) [link – amazon]
Our friends at notebookjournal.de have done a review of 14.1 inch model and they say that either of these are not ‘true’ ultrabooks as they weigh 1.8kg and are 21mm thick. Believe us, they are still very light and thin compared to typical laptops weighing more than 3kg.
Like those typical laptops, the NP535U3C-A01US and NP535U4C-A01US come with built in optical drive too as the company believes there are still occasions when you might a built in drive. The company has also bundled a VGA adapter that gives you a VGA port when connected to its HDMI port.
It takes mere 2 seconds to wake from sleep mode. Battery, which is integrated into the unit offers astounding runtimes. Unlike Apple Macbook Air, most of the unit is made of plastic. That said, Samsung showed a tiny bit of generosity by making the palm rest and lid from magnesium and aluminum respectively. You can read the full review at notebookjournal (German).
They have not tested the processor but we have as we just received our HP Envy Sleekbook 6 1010US that same configuration as this one. We were able to get 3947 in the PCMark Vantage benchmark test which is good enough for doing everyday tasks and some more.
August 11, 2012