Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch – Sturdy and slim design with a touchscreen display
Windows 8 touchscreen laptops can now be largely categorized in to two types – the ones having really high price tag with attractive slim designs and other entry level ones having low price tag with touch screens and mediocre looking chassis.
I got the Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch 13 inches laptop in my offices for review and it is notebook having metallic and upscale body with Intel Core i5 processor and long battery life. The price UltraTouch is $849 and there is less expensive model having slower Core i3 processor inside. It costs $150 but if you are looking for a future proof laptop, then I would recommend you to get the i5 model.
There are a lot of Windows 8 laptops having unique, eye popping design. This isn’t one of those, it doesn’t have a screen that can flip around, rotate, or detach. Instead, this notebook is reasonably priced and looks more expensive than its cost.
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch looks similar to the older design. A lot of laptop makers redesigned their notebooks when Windows 8 came out. But Samsung hasn’t changed much on this product.
It has brushed aluminium matte finish which resists fingerprints easily. It looks attractive too especially with the thin design. Front edge makes this laptop look thinner than what it is. Sides are tapering on front and it expands on the back for the connections and ports.
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch has island styled keyboard and this section is darker than rest of this chassis. It has matte finish and I didn’t see any flex even in heavy typing. Tab, Shift, Enter, and other such important buttons are easy to press and large. Unfortunately, the space bar isn’t long enough.
Multimedia functions of this notebook are attached to function buttons and you need to press the Fn buttons to access them. Most laptops, swap the functions, and you don’t press the Fn button for increasing or decreasing volume and other such functions.
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch comes with big touchpad that is well responsive to the single inputs. There is separate right and left button design which is a bit dated. These days, most touchpads have button less design. The multi touch gestures like 2 finger scroll were sluggish.
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch has 13.3 inches screen having a 1,366×768 native resolution. This resolution is good for 13 inches screen. There is plenty of real estate with good readability.
The display has edge to edge glass covering and it is Gorilla Glass which is scratch resistant. The screen supports ten fingers touch input. I have tested touchscreen on a lot of Windows 8 laptops and they’ve all worked well – right from the high end notebooks to the less expensive Intel Atom products.
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch has Ethernet port which is surprising because a lot of other such laptops have dropped it in favour of thin chassis. There is hinged connection which you need to swing open for accessing the Ethernet port. There are two USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port.
I tested this laptop for video playback, Web surfing, and other such everyday tasks. When compared to other ultrabooks having Core i5 processors inside, this one was slow.
This might be because of 5,400 rpm HDD inside as compared to SSD on other laptops. There is also Samsung’s software – Quick Starter software dock which consumes bit of processing power. That said, this laptop is still good for everyday use and the slower speeds aren’t deal breaker.
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch has long battery life. In my tests, this laptop survived for six hours which is excellent for 13 inches laptop. Only Apple MacBook Air 13 incher has bigger battery life but it is more expensive too.
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch is good deal considering the price tag of $849. The battery life too is long enough to survive for an entire work day. If you are looking for a similar laptop with bigger screen, check out the Dell Inspiron 15z, a 15 inches notebook.
- 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor
- 4 GB, 1,600 MHz DDR3 RAM
- 500 GB – 5,400 rpm with 24 GB SSD cache for storage
- Intel HM 77 chipset
- Intel HD 4000 GPU
- Windows 8 OS
- 4.3 pounds weight with power adapter
- 13 inches size