By Andy Vandervell
Reviewed: 9 May 2013
SAMSUNG NP540U3C SERIES 5 13.3" ULTRABOOK INTEL CORE i3 4GB 500GB BT WIFI WIN8.1
Samsung NP540U3C-A03UB Series 5 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB
SAMSUNG SERIES 5 ULTRA TOUCH SCREEN LAPTOP NP540U3C-A02UB
Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook NP540U3C-A01US Laptop 1.70GHz 8GB 128GB Grade B
Samsung Series 5 NP540U3C 13.3" (128 GB SSD, Intel i5, 1.7 GHz, 8GB, Win 10
heh, got the screen resolution, closed the browser tab...when will they learn!
To be fair, I don't think that's much to complain about at this price. If it cost £750 / £800 or upwards, however, I'd agree.
So, let's get this right Andy, you're opinion is that we need to pay £800 for a laptop with a decent screen? Why? The screen on my Nexus 7 is absolutely fantastic and it cost £200! It's crazy comments like this from reviewers that drive me potty. Like Chris Beach, I stopped reading the review after seeing the pathetic screen resolution.
Hey, don't shoot the messenger. That's the reality right now in laptops. You have to remember that laptops are more expensive to make. The screen's are larger, which is more expensive, and most of the other components cost more as well. Comparing a smartphone or tablet to a laptop is comparing apples and oranges.
Do I think that's right? Of course not, I'm on your side here!
It's worth remembering that resolution isn't the be and all, too. For example, I'd sooner have a high quality panel with a lower resolution than a high resolution one that isn't any good. In the case of this laptop, if it had a high resolution but the reflections and viewing angles were just as bad, I'd have given it the same score. Conversely, if it had the same resolution but solved those two problems, it would have got a much higher score.
PS: Just to illustrate my point about size and cost a little more, remember that a diagonal measurement of screen size doesn't reflect the actual difference in size very well. Going by those, this laptop's screen is only 48% larger than the Nexus 7. Going by the actual area, however, tells a very different story. The Nexus 7 screen is 132.85cm2. A 13.3-inch laptop is 488.02cm2 - 73% larger by area than a Nexus 7. It all adds up - it's the same reason you can't buy a 4K TV for a decent price now.
PPS: On the plus side, I believe Sony is making the right noises about ditching 1366 on laptops. Not sure what the pricing will be, though, as it has never traditionally competed at the low-end of the market.
Really??? I don't mean 1080p should be on the £400 laptops, but 1440x900, or similar should be. It was before this stupid HD branding appeared. If its £400+ and still 768p then it damn well better be an IPS too.
Given the *main* thing you use is the screen, letting them skimp out on it seems wrong.
Updated: Microsoft and Apple are the winners in our latest update
Upgrading to Windows 10? These are the laptops and tablets to buy
There's a new entry in our round-up of the best student laptops
More Laptop Round-ups
Sign up for the
TrustedReviews email newsletter
Get TrustedReviews' award-winning reviews, opinions and advice delivered to your inbox for free!
Plus get great deals and exclusive offers from Time Inc. (UK) Ltd and its partners.
Trusted Reviews is part of the Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Technology Network