Read the full Samsung Series 5 530U4B review

The Samsung Series 5 530U (4B-A01) Ultrabook is more of a thin and light 14in ultraportable and Macbook Pro rival than a competitor to the 13in Ultrabooks already on the market - but either way it’s a sleek, attractive yet affordable laptop. A decent screen and the best audio we’ve yet heard from an Ultrabook combine with good usability and connectivity to make up for its average battery life. We’re especially excited that Samsung is introducing dedicated Radeon graphics into the Ultrabook market with its 530U4B range, though this specific model sticks with Intel’s integrated solution. For those who want an optical drive, it is also the only current choice.

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Jon Williamson

March 2, 2012, 9:47 pm

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...


March 3, 2012, 6:47 am

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.


March 3, 2012, 2:43 pm

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 which is one of the cheapest and best 3G-enabled laptops we've encountered.

It's a good alternative - as long as you don't mind the noise. Is an optical drive something you're particularly after?


April 1, 2012, 8:24 am

I have a Samsung laptop and they are usually good.


March 4, 2013, 3:06 am

DOES this laptop have a Dedicated Graphic Processor

Ishita N.

August 26, 2013, 6:15 pm

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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