Samsung NP700Z5C-S02UB

Samsung NP700Z5C-S02UB

The Samsung NP700Z5C-S02UB is one of the best equipped standard consumer laptops on the market. It shares the same good selling points as the discontinued NP700Z5C-S01UB, but with a few changes hardware- and software-wise.

First let’s take a look at why the NP700Z5C-S02UB is an exceptional laptop:

– It has a high-performance processor, namely the Intel Core i7-3635QM with four cores.

– There’s the Nvidia GeForce GT 640M 1GB dedicated video card built-in, instead of the common and much slower Intel HD integrated graphics. More precisely, the laptop has both the GT 640M and Intel HD 4000, but they work in conjunction to provide the best balance between performance and power efficiency.

– The 15.6-inch display has an above average display resolution and screen brightness – 1600×900 pixels and 300 nits, respectively. Also, matte finish is preferred by many users and this model has it.

– The laptop incorporates large RAM and HDD capacities of 8GB and 1 Terabyte, which are maximal for the standard notebook category. Unfortunately, there is no info on ExpressCache technology, which is a dedicated flash memory-based add-on to hard disk for better system performance. All of the Series 7 models have ExpressCache, so we assume it is included, but not mentioned in the specs sheets online.

– It has a backlit keyboard and a premium looking 0.9″ thin aluminum chassis.

When it comes to differences between the NP700Z5C-S02UB and S01UB, its worth noting that the former has a 0.1GHz faster CPU from the same Intel quad-core “Ivy Bridge” lineup, as well as a faster graphics card since the GT 640M is better than the GT 630M used in the latter model. In addition, the S02UB ships with Windows 8 instead of 7.

These improvements found in the S02UB won’t cost you extra money because the laptop is $900, whereas the S01UB was $1,000 at the launch date last year.

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Samsung NP700Z5C-S02UB Specifications

  • Display: 15.6″ LED HD widescreen display (1600×900) 300-nit brightness
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3635QM CPU, 6MB L3 cache, 2.4GHz CPU speed, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 1GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3 memory
  • HDD: 1TB SATA II (5400 rpm)
  • ODD: DVD burner
  • Audio: HD with Sound Alive, stereo speakers (2W x 2) with Subwoofer
  • Webcam: 1.3MP
  • Networking: Wireless-N, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Input: Backlit full sized keyboard with numeric pad and touchpad
  • Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 3-in-1 digital media card reader
  • Battery: 8-cell lithium-polymer
  • Dimensions: 14.2″ x 9.3″ x 0.9″
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Warranty: 1-year standard

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Danijel is a tech writer who founded Laptoping in 2006. His specialty are Windows-based laptops, 2-in-1 convertibles, and tablet PCs.

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  1. Never mind about the subwoofer, I discovered it’s optional equipment. Too bad that it’s not easily installed, plus the bottom doesn’t have the opening for it.

    I’d need to find one for sale on eBay, plus the subwoofers themselves, and a manual on how to add these.

    However, I’m otherwise satisfied with the notebook after adding a SSD by cloning the drive, and disabling the Express Cache, which will cause the SSD to slow, as I quickly found out. Plus one must be careful when changing drives, it’s not a solid fixture to install, rather a golden color cable that’s thin & all of the wires can be seen.

    Definitely the most innovative notebook I’ve ever owned or worked on, and I’m my own ‘IT Pro’, as I build my own desktop PC’s, and replace components in all as needed. This notebook was upgraded to 12GB RAM, the max it will hold.

    On the negative side, the main RAM stick, as well as the powerful quad core CPU, is soldered to the MB, so there’s little one can do to reuse it. Unless one really knows what they’re doing with soldering.

    Too bad that Samsung didn’t build the notebook to accept the full 32GB allowed, according to the Intel spec sheet for the CPU.

    Think what it could be with 32GB RAM installed, and a large SSD designed for enterprise use, unlike the consumer versions, one can run virtual machines on these. 12GB places a limit on what one can do. If anything, the 4GB soldered in RAM module should had been a 8GB (or 16GB if available), which with adding one more like 16GB stick, could max out the RAM.

    Cooling isn’t the best either, and I run mine on a notebook cooler to hold down temps, when the CPU shoots from 2.4GHz to 3.4GHz, it’s fast as greased lightening, yet hot as fire. Extra cooling is a must.

    After a year of having this notebook, which was given to me for IT services performed, I rate it a 3.5 out of 5, mainly because had to upgrade the PSU, the limit of RAM allowed, and build quality on the interior isn’t what it appears to be on the nice looking exterior.

  2. This is indeed a lot of hardware for the money, where it falls short is the small 90W PSU that gets very hot under load. I fixed this by replacing it with a 120W model designed for their Series 7 AIO PC’s, and now the notebook gets the power it needs & the PSU runs much cooler, as well as the screen flickering going away.

    The PSU runs at 45W max & GPU at 65W (peak), plus the rest of the notebook needs power. I was looking for a 150W model, but could only find 120W ones, and it is indeed a Genuine Samsung PSU. Delta Electronics manufactures PSU’s for many PC OEM’s & have never had one to die, but I believe if the first one were to, it would be the 90W bundled one with this model. Try running Heaven’s Benchmark at a High to Ultra Mode & watch the power increase, Samsung has a setting in Quick Starter that shows in real time power usage.

    That said, where is the subwoofer on this notebook? I would love to find & use it.

    Thanks for the great article, and what appears to be an unbiased review.


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