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Samsung Series 5 Touch Ultrabook First Impression

|March 24 2013 |Samsung, Laptops

Samsung has come out with its new series of ultrabooks called the Series 5 Touch, which offers touch screen features to the users. One question that might arise here is whether this device can also be used as a tablet? The answer is no. Samsung has solely focused on developing this device into an ultrabook, therefore not compromising on any of the features or build.


We will start off by talking about the features and specifications of this device. The Series 5 comes in two versions- a 13.3-inch version and 14-inch version. Both the versions have the Intel Core i5-3317U processor. The 14-inch non-touch version comes equipped with a 6GB RAM whereas the 13-inch Touch version comes with an 8GB RAM. The 14-inch ultrabook version gets a dedicated graphics chip when compared to the 13-inch version. The Series 5 comes equipped with a 500GB hard drive and a 24GB ExpressCache flash.

Now let’s talk about the display features of this ultrabook. The 13-inch display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The display is pretty decent on the device, with the brightness levels being quite high without compromising on colour richness or text readability. Although the touchscreen feature works well on the device, it is just an added feature. Not too many people will want to use this feature on an ultrabook. I don’t think any of us would like to pay extra money to have this feature on an ultrabook.

The Series 5 comes with a very well designed keyboard and a good-sized touchpad. There is adequate spacing between each key which makes typing easier. Another good feature of this ultrabook is the battery life. The battery lasts for atleast 7 hours on a typical day at work. Overall performance of this ultrabook is pretty decent, once you remove some of the unwanted preloaded software.

The only disappointing part of this ultrabook is the price. We end up paying more just for the touchscreen feature on this device which in realistic terms is not worth it. Hardly anyone uses this feature on a notebook. Although the device does not disappoint us in terms of its features, the price is just too high for a conventional ultrabook.

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