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Samsung Series 5 535U3C Performance, Value and Verdict

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Samsung Series 5 535U3C-A01 – Specs and Performance

As already mentioned, this Series 5 has an AMD processor at its heart. Specifically, you’ll get a dual-core A6-4455M which runs at 2.1GHz, along with AMD graphics.

Samsung Series 5 535U3C 2

Unfortunately, as we already saw with the HP Envy 6-1006ea which uses the same AMD chipset, the processor part of this equation isn’t the strongest on the performance front and you’ll find that even an Intel Core i3 outperforms it regularly. Of course, you are paying less, and it’s important to remember that the A6-4455M is still good enough for daily performance and productivity.

PCMark 07

General: 1477

Entertainment: 1509

Samsung also generously backs this CPU with 6GB of RAM rather than the usual 4GB. For storage, meanwhile, the Series 5 535U3C-A01 relies on a plain old 500GB, 5200rpm hard drive rather than one that enjoys some hybrid SSD love. This is probably the most limiting factor where everyday performance is concerned. The good news is that, unlike your average Ultrabook, this ultraportable is upgradeable. A simple flap at the bottom gives access to the RAM and hard drive, so it’s easy to swap in a pure SSD on the cheap.

Samsung Series 5 535U3C

On the graphics side of things there’s an integrated AMD Radeon HD 7500G, which no longer walks all over Intel’s integrated efforts as it used to. In fact we found it to win marginally in only a few cases over the HD 4000 you’ll find in Intel’s third-gen chips, meaning it’s just as ill-suited to ‘proper’ 3D gaming.


TrackMania Nations Forever (average fps, 720p, Medium Detail)


S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat (average fps, 720p, Medium Detail)


Our test model comes with Windows 7, and most of the models you’ll find for sale at the moment are likely to offer the same OS. To be honest that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as Windows 8 loses a lot of its appeal without a touch screen.

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So far, the Samsung Series 5 535U3C-A01’s specs are completely identical to those of the 15.6-inch HP Envy 6-1006ea, which is harder to find but can be had for as little as £400 online.

Samsung Series 5 535U3C-A01 – Battery Life

Unfortunately, the Series 5 535U3C doesn’t match the Envy 6-1006ea’s battery life, but then it’s smaller, thinner and lighter so there’s less room for a battery. This Samsung Series 5 ‘only’ lasted five hours and 20 minutes. While that’s not terrible by any means, it does leave price as the Series 5 535U3C-A01’s only advantage over similar Intel models.


(40 percent screen brightness, wireless radios disabled, mixed productivity)


Samsung Series 5 535U3C-A01 – Value

You can find the Samsung Series 5 535U3C-A01 for around £470 online. Frankly, Samsung is its own worst enemy here, as you can get a similar 13-inch Series 5 with an Intel Core i5 processor, same RAM and hybrid SSD hard drive for only £100 more. Still, if you really can’t afford the extra this is a decent buy if you’re after this kind of device.

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On the other hand, if you’re after a basic laptop with a 12-14-inch screen, it’s also worth considering an affordable Windows 8 device with touch, like the Asus VivoBook. Sure it might not be as slim and the screen isn’t as good, but it offers better performance and Win 8 goodness.


The 13-inch Samsung Series 5 535U3C-A01 is a great little Ultrabook competitor that manages to keep its price low thanks to AMD innards. It’s slim, sleek, light and very well-built. It offers a great user experience and its screen is a cut above most budget laptops. However, mediocre performance and average battery life mean you may be better off looking at pricier alternatives, especially those offering Windows 8 and touch.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 6
  • Design 9
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Value 8


March 3, 2013, 3:23 pm

There are many things to like about this laptop, hence the reason that I bought it in the first place. The A6 processor uses very low power, yet the integration of a graphics chip mean that I can play (on low settings) pretty much any PC game out there as well as it looking pretty good as a ultra-book type laptop. I swapped out the stock hard drive for an SSD which means that it boots and runs really quickly. So far so good.

4 months after having owned it, the screen started to be more wobbly than it had before. I looked around the back and noticed that the plastic join on the right hand side had come away a bit. I didn't think anything of this and carried on using it. (Note that the laptop had up to this point been lovingly looked after and certainly never dropped). Every time that I opened the laptop after this, however, the crack opened up a bit more until about 5 days later the right hand side hinge completely broke off.

I dutifully took this to the authorised samsung repair shop in London and was told after 3 days that because this was "physical damage" I was not at all entitled to a repair under warranty. I protested but there was no way that they were going to do this. The cost for the repair was quoted at around £300, which given that I had bought the laptop for under £500 seemed a bit rich.

So I carried on using the now very broken laptop for about another 2 months a which point the left hand side hinge did exactly the same - over a period of 3 days usage it completely broke off. So now I have a laptop that is irreparably damaged / completely useless and I am at least £300 down if I choose to have it repaired. I can't believe that this is an isolated incident with this model.

Samsung, if you are listening to this 1) I will never again ever buy a Samsung product, and I will do my very best to tell every single person that I know to do likewise 2) you are criminally complicit in selling a sub standard product and not honouring to repair it or provide me with a new one 3) Don't you think that when someone comes into one of your authorised repair shops with a fault on your machine after this machine only having been on the market for 5 months that it would be better to take this machine away and try to understand what the problem is, rather than handing it back to me so that lots of other people can discover later the same problem.

Yours one extremely annoyed and desperately unhappy customer.


March 15, 2013, 6:20 pm

I would buy the store extended warranty I did not and the Samsung warranty is useless. NOT HAPPY

Roman Herrle

June 10, 2013, 3:51 pm

If you should think of buying the 535U3C (with AMD), don't do it.
The ventilator does not even last for half a year, and you don't get guarantee either if you're running a different OS like LINUX or an upgraded Windows (* instead of the installed 7 Home). The best is, that they even do not have the ventilator in stock, nor do they know when they will get it!

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