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|Versatility||Display||Battery life (hr.)||7.25|
|Reviews & Recommended - Samsung NP300E5A-A01UB|
This 15.6-inch Samsung laptop had very good performance and was fast for editing photos and viewing and editing HD videos, though just adequate for converting music files. Battery life was very long and it is lightweight for its size. Sound could be better.
Detailed test results
Overall this laptop's performance was very good. It was fast for productivity and Web-based tasks such as word processing, Web browsing, e-mailing, and scanning for malware. It was fast for editing photos, fast for viewing and editing HD videos, and adequate for converting music files. Sound from the built-in speakers was inadequate for all but the simplest use.
This laptop is a great choice for traveling. At 7.25 hours, battery life was very long, just about enough for a full day's work or more. At 5 pounds, this is lightweight for a laptop this size.
The keyboard, touchpad, labeling, and LED indicators were all well-designed, making it comfortable and convenient to use. The full-sized keyboard was pleasant to type on. There's a dedicated number pad. The touchpad supports use of multiple-finger gestures to zoom and scroll. The touchpad has two buttons that are easy to press. The touchpad is well positioned on the keyboard, so it's easy to reach and not prone to interference from arms or wrists.
The display quality was very good overall. Colors were in the ballpark, though not completely accurate. The display was anti-reflective, so there was little or no glare when viewing in a brightly lit room or outdoors. The viewing angle of the display is middling, so you might have to adjust the position for optimal viewability for one user and even more so for multiple viewers.
Useful features and attributes on this model include: The spacious 640GB hard drive offers plenty of room for storing your music, photos, and movies. Gigabit Ethernet provides fast transfer of data over a local network. An HDMI port is provided for connecting this laptop to an HDTV.
Downsides: There are no ExpressCard slots for adding Wi-Fi or TV tuners.
|About - Samsung NP300E5A-A01UB|
The Samsung NP300E5A-A01UB is a 15.6-inch laptop with an LCD resolution of 1366 x 768. It has 4GB of memory and a 640GB hard drive. It has an Intel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz processor and Intel HD Graphics 3000 video adapter but no dedicated video memory, so it's not well suited for high-performance video gaming. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed.
The NP300E5A-A01UB has a built-in memory card reader for digital photography, a multitouch touchpad, and 3 USB ports. It has HDMI out for connecting to an HDTV. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11n, so it's compatible with the latest high-speed routers.
The NP300E5A-A01UB measures 14.5 inches wide by 1.4 inches high by 9.6 inches deep and it weighs 5lbs. It's backed by a 12 month warranty, with 12 months of tech support.
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Samsung offers a variety of laptops ranging from slim & light to desktop replacements, to its N-series of netbooks. Samsung also produces Android-based tablet computers under the Galaxy Tab name and a Chromebook, which runs Google's Chrome operating system. It does not sell its lines direct to consumers, unlike most other computer makers.
|Features & Specs - Samsung NP300E5A-A01UB|
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|Display size (in.)||15.6|
|Video memory (MB)||NA|
|Blu-ray or DVD||D|
|Wi-Fi type (802.11)||n|
|Additional Information (The information below has been supplied by an external source.)|
|Manufacturer Website Address||www.samsungusa.com|
|Product Name||NP300E5AI Notebook|