The Samsung NP510R5E-A01UB is a slightly different laptop if you compare it to the NP510R5E-A02UB. The 15.6-inchers belong to the thin-and-light notebook category with their profiles measuring 0.9″, aluminum cases, and no optical drives built-in. The NP510R5E-A01UB has an Intel Core i5 chip, while the latter sports an i7, but in reality both processors offer almost the same performance. That’s because the included i5-3230M is a full-voltage part, whereas the i7 CPU in the A02UB model is an ultra-low voltage chip with better power efficiency. You can check these out in the PassMark test chart below. Another difference is 6GB of RAM in the A01UB, down from 8GB, but both RAM amounts are more than sufficient for all daily tasks of the average user.
The 750GB hard drive is also an above average amount on today’s market, while the other stand out features include Bluetooth, Intel Wireless Display technology, and anti-glare display coating which is a good and not so common feature on the consumer-oriented laptops.
Otherwise, the feature set is an average one and provides three USBs, HDMI and VGA, a media card reader, Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, a 720p web camera, and stereo speakers.
The price for the Samsung NP510R5E-A01UB $600, wheres the mentioned i7 model with the less power-hungry CPU and more RAM is $730. That higher price doesn’t bring any significant advantage, so the A01UB appears to be a better optimized choice if you consider the price and components.
Samsung NP510R5E-A01UB Specifications
- Display: 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 pixels, anti-glare
- Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3230M, two cores, 3MB L3 cache, 2.6-3.2GHz clock speed
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 IGP
- Memory: 6GB DDR3 system memory at 1,600MHz
- Storage: 750GB hard drive at 5,400rpm
- Optical drive: no
- Webcam: Yes, 720p
- Audio: stereo speakers
- Network: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 4.0 interface, Intel Wireless Display technology
- Input: keyboard with dedicated numeric pad, multitouch touchpad
- Ports and Slots: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, multi-in-one card reader
- Battery: 3-cell
- Dimensions: 0.90″ x 14.80″ x 9.76″
- Weight: 4.6 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year