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The Series 3 combines power, efficiency and ingenious lightweight mobile design. Featuring exclusive innovations like Fast Start and PowerPlus technology, the Series 3 keeps you powered up, moving, and connected wherever you go—every day.
Samsung Series 3 NP350V5C
At a Glance: 15.6-inch Screen
2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM ultra-low voltage, quad-core processor
500GB hard drive
6 GB DDR3 RAM
AMD Radeon™ HD 7730M 2GB Graphics
1.3 MP HD Front Camera
3W Stereo Speaker (1.5W x 2)
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
See full specs below
How’s this for mobility? Featuring a streamlined and ultra-lightweight design, the Series 3 brings the power of a desktop anywhere, no delays. With a single touch of the power button, Fast Start technology brings you right to the internet or into favorite programs almost instantly. And if you’re just getting started, Easy Migration technology can quickly transfer all your files from your old PC, no hassles.
The Series 3 brings supplies the power you need, on your terms. Tweak performance settings through Samsung Control Center to maximize efficiency and workloads to get the performance to suit your most intensive tasks. And with PowerPlus Battery technology, you can work all day yet still have the power to do more.
With Easy Settings, you have control over the most important setting of the Series 3. Switch networks in a flash for maximum efficiency. Adjust power settings to improve battery life and productivity without sacrificing performance. And modify sound and vision settings to create a truly immersive experience.
Discover the New Windows 8
Reimagined to be all about you, Windows 8 lets you personalize your desktop and gives you instant access to all your favorite people, apps, sites and more. Use SW Update to keep your PC running smoothly with the latest software and drivers, and to download Samsung’s Quick Starter feature, which adds a toolbar and start button for easy navigation in the desktop view. Plus, connect to SkyDrive® and store files, photos, videos and more, so wherever you go, you’re connected to the cloud.
Battery Life in Years
Measure battery life in not just hours, but years. Featuring Samsung Power Plus technology, the Series 3 retains 80% of the original battery capacity for up to 1,500 charges. After 3 years of use, there’s still enough battery for everyday use.
15.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution
2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM ultra-low voltage, quad-core processor
500GB Hard Drive
6 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (8GB maximum capacity)
AMD Radeon™ HD 7730M 2GB Graphics
1.3-megapixel HD front webcam
Built-in stereo speakers with 3 watts of power (1.5W x 2) and SoundAlive enhancement
Dimensions and Weight: 14.6 x 1.29 x 9.5 inches (WxDxH); 5.51 pounds
Wireless & Networking Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) Next-generation Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity provides faster throughput while minimizing on power requirements. Backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and cell phones.
Connectivity & Expansion 1 super-speed USB 3.0 port with up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 (and is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 peripherals). 1 Micro SD slot Micro HDMI port for connecting to a compatible HDTV. Headphone Out Microphone In Multi Card Slot: 3- in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
I shopped around, but honestly knew very little about laptops. I have always custom built my own gaming PCs, but laptops were never on my radar. And gaming laptops can get very expensive.
I saw this Samsung on Amazon and was impressed by the price. The KEY feature is the included Radeon HD 7730M video card. If you want to play video games, you must have a 3d graphics card. The built-in Intel HD graphics card is great for anything else, but for playing video games good luck.
I was skeptical about Windows 8. I still am, I suppose, but I’ve heard such horrible reviews that I almost didn’t buy this laptop. I took a chance, and honestly within about an hour or two I find myself using it just fine. I’ve already connected to our printer, network drive, installed World of Warcraft, etc. It was pretty painless. I’m not sure I like it better than Windows 7, but it seems to work just fine.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This laptop has two graphics cards. It took me an hour of playing around with graphics settings to figure out how to “switch on/enable” the Radeon card. This made a massive difference in performance. The Intel HD card struggled to play World of Warcraft at “Good” settings, and the laptop became very hot to the touch. When I finally figured out how to enable the Radeon card, I was able to bump the graphics to “High” and I even turned on 4x anti-aliasing. I’m getting 25 frames per second, and the laptop doesn’t feel nearly as “hot.” It is very important to configure this setting or you will be disappointed and you won’t know why. One annoying thing about computers is that it is sometimes difficult to tell how the hardware is being used. This is the primary reason that I wanted to post this review right away (I wish I could have read this before I bought it.)
They key detail that isn’t obvious: Right-Click on the desktop, select “Configure Switchable Graphics.” Everything else is relatively obvious.
Here is a tip: Turning on anti-aliasing in a video game is a good way to “test” if your graphics card is working. You should get similar frame rates either way. With the Intel HD graphics adapter, anti-aliasing destroys your performance.
Bottom line: This laptop is great for the price. Windows 8 was a pleasant surprise. I don’t hate it, and it seems to work just fine. It really isn’t that different from Windows 7 once you get used to it. This laptop DOES have a Radeon graphics card. It seems to work just fine. It can play World of Warcraft with High settings and 4x anti-aliasing. Not bad. Plenty for what my wife wants/needs. Note: I couldn’t update the driver from the web. The generic Catalyst drivers say the hardware is incompatible, “check with your hardware manufacturer.” Hopefully this doesn’t become a problem in the future. For now, the drivers seem to work just fine, but it is slightly troubling that I can’t update them manually.
In case you are wondering how I posted this review before Christmas: I didn’t want to wait until Christmas to give this to her. I didn’t want to take any chances (I wanted plenty of time to find something that works — what if I needed to send it back?) Plus, with the long Thanksgiving weekend, now she can use it and have fun right away. My wife is pretty awesome, I’m glad she now has a laptop that works well.
Update June 17th, 2013:
My wife is still using this laptop daily. Windows 8 hasn’t grown on her (she would still prefer Win 7), but she does still play WoW frequently and still likes the laptop. So far so good. The quality level seems high. It hasn’t broken yet (knock on wood).
So let’s start with the good stuff first:
- Intel i7-3630QM, quad-core processor 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost technology to 3.4 GHz, released in Q3 2012.
- Two graphics cards: the built-in Intel HD Graphics 4000 and the dedicated AMD Radeon 7730M with 2 GB (performances similar to the NVIDIA GT 640M).
- Being able to choose which applications use the dedicated graphics card to help save battery.
- Being able to only charge the laptop 80% to extend the laptop’s battery life.
- The HD screen, with native 720p resolution.
- Assassin’s Creed 3, Hitman Absolution and Far Cry 3 run on high and ultra.
Now the bad stuff:
- The HDD on SATA II with 5400 rpm is pretty outdated. This was probably my biggest disappointment about this laptop, but I’m planning on investing in at least a Hybrid SSD.
- 6 GB of RAM seems a little bit cheap on Samsung’s part, but considering a new 4 GB dim is $20, whatever.
- The numpad. I can’t see how this is useful, unless you’re an accountant.
- I’m OK with the keyboard not being backlit, but what I find annoying is there’s not even a small LED on the Num Lock and Caps Lock keys. I think that’s a little detail that would have raised the overall quality and look of the laptop.
The one problem I did have and upon doing some research it turned out this is a problem with all Samsung models, not this one in particular: the mouse pointer freezes when using the touch pad from time to time for a few seconds. Mine did it while installing games for example and the HDD was going at max speed, but I don’t think this is a general rule. If I also had a mouse connected at the time, the mouse would work while the touch pad was still frozen. Not a show stopper, but irritating for sure. So what I did was a system refresh (Settings -> Change PC Settings -> General -> Refresh your PC without affecting your files). What this does is basically restore the system to a fresh Windows 8 install. So all the applications/drivers you or Samsung installed will be removed, but the pictures, videos, music and downloads will not be affected. This is probably overkill and just removing the touch pad driver will fix this issue, but I simply wanted to get rid of all that stuff since it was slowing down the laptop. Now I get boot times around 5 seconds long, compared to 30 seconds – 1 minute.
Overall a good buy.
No Cons whatsoever!
Hope this helps!
So, after the change it seems like a totally different laptop, i can’t believe how i was thinking on selling it before, now i just can’t wait to finish working and start the games!
Structure of the computer:
The computer has a very plain look, this shouldn’t scare people away considering the cases that you can buy to make it look allot better. The number pad is a nice feature, but the arrow keys are too close together, this is a problem that more than one person has had, not just me and my stubby fingers, however, it should be noted that most games use the WASD controls over the arrows so for gamers this isn’t that big of a deal. Very nice to have 2 3.0 USB ports, and the additional 2 2.0 USb ports, I can plug allot of things in. The finger mouse pad is cheap material and probably wouldn’t last longer than 2 years of use,that being said extra wireless mice can be purchased for really cheap, thats what I did and its worked very well. The camera is standard cheap laptop camera, Don’t touch the camera screen! it scratches very easily. The line around the edge of the screen is rather cheap material, and has begun to move and wobble after a month of light use, just don’t open and close too much and it should be fine though. CD/DVD drive is a bit wobbly and looks like its going to fall out, but it has held tight for a while, don’t apply allot of direct pressure to it and it should be fine though. and finally, the SD card port is nice and works well.
Interior of the computer:
What this computer lacks in looks it makes up for in running capacity. This computer has 6 gigs of ram which is enough for most things that you could need, including gaming. The i7 processor is magnificent, its an amazing core for a laptop, lighting fast and doesn’t crash,I have only had crash problems once and that was a game problem not the computer itself. The Radeon graphics card is great for most gaming, it cant handle incredibly taxing games on high but it can handle them on medium to low. It flies however through almost all other games. Here is a list of the games I play on max settings without problems.
Star Wars Kights of the Old Republic 1
Star Wars Kights of the Old Republic 2
Star Wars Starfighter
Star Wars Republic Commandos
Star Wars Empire at war
Star Wars Empire at war forces of corruption
Lego Star Wars 1
Lego Star Wars 2
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Age of Mythology
Age of empires
Rome Total War (Have to download from amazon, doesnt work from anywhere else)
Lego Digital designer
All of these games work on peak graphics settings with no problems. It is fair to note that these are lower graphics intense games.I am assured however that most other games will work quite well on this computer.(If compatible with windows 8)
The Graphics card mixed with the low price is after all the reason I bought this computer. Now lets move on to the Operating system. Windows 8 is a disaster! I cant stand it. I have been going strait to the desktop short cut menu every time I use the computer because I cant get used to the app page. it reminds me too much of my iPhone. Windows 8 is fast ill admit, but i cant get used to it. I attempted to install windows 7 home premium but I had many errors and it wouldn’t let me, so im stuck with windows 8. I appreciate the people who know how to use it and like it. I may have gave up too early, but I just dont like change. Even though I cant stand windows 8, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Dont let that stop you from buying this computer. The majority of the low ratings on this computer are due to windows 8, which is absurd,I am the first person to say that windows 8 inst great, but it shouldn’t stop someone from buying a computer, that can be fixed later. I guess what im saying is, windows 8 isn’t great, but you can live with it.
The computer doesn’t get very hot as long as you remember to turn on the Radeon graphics card.(Remeber not to delete the Radeon catalyst otherwise you lose all control over the graphics card.Yes that includes the clean install of windows 7) And it is quite quiet when your not gaming or downloading large files.
What this laptop doesn’t have in looks it makes up for in internal workings. it has amazing specs for such a low price.(I bought it for 689.99) I would highly recommend the laptop to anyone who wants a good laptop for a cheap price. And don’t let windows 8 stop you from getting this computer. The only reason that you shouldn’t like windows 8 is if your favourite games aren’t compatible. But most games are coming out with compatibility modes though. Just remember this isn’t meant to look amazing, its meant to run very well, and thats all I need.
I love this computer and would recommend it to anyone whos a gamer. its a great gaming laptop and on Microsoft Flight Simulator X it only used 3.2GHz of my 3.4GHz processor. the HD7730m 2GB graphics card, and the i7-3630QM @3.4 GHz processor should be able to run all the new games at very high/ultra graphics settings. if you have any questions, post them as comments and I will respond as fast as I can. best bang for my buck computer that I could find for under $825.00.
Now back to the laptop the i7 quad core processor will meet all your needs it is extremely fast and can easily handle world of warcraft/skype/grooveshark/and about 3 google chromes up at once. I have never had a problem with this computer yet. The graphics card is alright, it can run WoW perfectly on good and I run it on high with my computer settings all the way maxed up on image quality instead of performance with 4x anti aliasing.
One more complaint all of the ports on this laptop feel really tight. I do not know if they will loosen up over time but it is as the point to where it is actually hard to pull something out of the computer, and when you are trying it feels as though you are going to break it from yanking it out.
But overall computer is really fast and seems durable. Keys are easy to use. I have had no problem with Samsung’s mouse drives it has not froze on me yet. If this laptop goes on sale again for $750 trust me it is an absolute steal! Considering the next best laptop around the 750 dollar price range is an acer for 759. And trust me who would rather have a laptop made by acer instead of samsung? In the longrun the samsung will most surely last longer then the cheap acer laptops. I am happy about my purchase and it plays games very smooth on good/high settings. I would surely recommend this product if you could get it in the 700 dollar price range.