By Ardjuna Seghers
Reviewed: 2 Mar 2012
Samsung Series 5 530U4B 14" (500 GB, Intel Core i5 2nd Gen., 1.6 GHz, 4 GB)...
I am sorely tempted by an ultrabook - but is it my imagination, or do none of them have built in 3G connectivity? This is key for me on the move...
I think anyone considering this laptop should also consider Sony's S Series, which is virtually identical in size and weight to the Samsung (though not classified as an 'Ultrabook', since the term was not around when it was launched a year ago).
It features dedicated graphics, keyboard backlighting, a higher resolution screen (1600x900 on the SA series), an optical drive (with Blu-Ray if you want it) and an SSD also available. It can also be configured with wireless WAN, JonWill, which will give you built-in 3G connectivity. There is also an optional battery slice to extend the battery life. It can be customised to your hearts content on the Sony website and is also keenly priced (I believe Sony will probably launch a new version in the coming months). I'm in the market for something along the lines of the Samsung so it's a toss up between this and the Sony for me. Would be interested to hear the thoughts of the TR team on this.
@JonWill:Totally with you there, a dongle is not always an ideal solution.You're right, there are very few 3G options at the moment. However, if you can hold on just a little longer it will be finding its way into many Ultrabooks this year - in fact we should be reviewing the first one soon(ish). :)If you do want something now, prowan743's suggestion is good, or you could go for the http://www.trustedreviews.com/... which is one of the cheapest and best 3G-enabled laptops we've encountered.
@prowan743:It's a good alternative - as long as you don't mind the noise. Is an optical drive something you're particularly after?
I have a Samsung laptop and they are usually good.
DOES this laptop have a Dedicated Graphic Processor
At first the specs and pricing of this laptop looks good and tempting to buy. But this laptop is made for cheap components and will stop working soon after its warranty period. In 9 months my HDMI stopped working. They replaced the entire motherboard. 4 months after that, my laptop stopped supporting standby and hibernate modes due to faulty chip on motherbaord. Warranty had expired so I was asked to cough up 1/3rd the cost of the brand new laptop just for the motherboard. My argument was that the motherboard was replaced 4 months back and should have lasted atleast another year. My argument fell on deaf years. Another 15 days and my hard disk has stopped working too. Cheap components and poor replacements makes this laptop not a long term buy. Buyer beware.
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