On the left hand side of the Samsung NP540U3C-A01
ultrabook we find a tiny DC power socket, an RJ45 Ethernet LAN jack (collapsible), one USB 3.0
port which can be used to recharge a smart phone, a full size HDMI jack, 1/8" headphone/mic port
and a mini-VGA dongle connector. The VGA-dongle is not included.
Wired gigabit Ethernet stands at the ready
thanks to the nifty fold-out RJ45 bracket on the left edge of
the NP540U3C-A01's thin chassis.
However, wireless network access is where this Ultrabook really shines - the NP540U3C-A01 offers up '2x2' 802.11abgn WiFi under
the hood along with Bluetooth 4.0. Bluetooth 4.0 is great for sync'ing a smart phone or establishing a connection
with a nearby bluetooth mouse/printer/keyboard.
On the right
side there are two USB 2.0 ports and the SD memory card slot. There
are no ports on the back edge of the notebook
and just a few status lights along the front.
The back of the display is plain aluminum, except for an embossed logo.
The bottom of the Samsung 5-Series notebook is
equally minimalist - just one large panel to access
the memory and hard drive bay and a pin hole to power off
the battery when doing hardware upgrades. The Li-Polymer battery is located in the front half under
the keyboard and can
be replaced when it reaches the end of its useful life by removing the entire bottom
panel. A pair of tiny 2W speakers are tucked into the bottom corners of the notebook as
well. Sound quality is better than expected, with significantly less 'tinny' sound coming from the
2W speakers than might anticipate.
Physically, the Samsung NP540U3C-A01
Ultrabook measures 315mm
(12.4 inches) wide, 218mm (8.6 inches) deep and 16-19mm (0.66-0.78"
inches) thick. It weighs 1.64kg (3.6 lbs). As with other aluminum skinned notebooks
PCSTATS has tested, we recommend getting a padded notebook sleeve to keep it from getting
scratched up in your bag or notebook satchel. Waterfield Designs are our
preferred vendor for notebook sleeves - their sleeves have literally
been around the world with us and held up just as good as new. :-)
Intel's Ultrabook Concept
In this review PCSTATS has been using
the "Ultrabook" to describe the Samsung NP540U3C-A01 notebook/laptop, but what exactly does this
Well, an 'Ultrabook' is a marketing concept
brought forth by Intel to sell more energy efficient
CPUs and basically the term applies to slim, lightweight and fast notebooks that
meet three criteria.
1) The body of the notebook has to less than 0.8" / 21mm
thick and "elegant" design.
2) Battery life must exceed 5 hours.
3) The computer must be built with an Intel 'Ivy Bridge' or 'Haswell' Core
general terms most notebooks being labeled as 'Ultrabooks' also incorporate
fast I/O devices like SSDs, USB3.0, hardware level security
technologies like Intel Anti-Theft Technology or Intel Identity Protection
and the ability to resume from hibernation (S4 power state) in 7 seconds
It's impossible to
take a bad photo of this ultrabook from
Let's take a closer look at the display, keyboard and several
other features of the Samsung NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook, next.