Portable PCs produced by Samsung generally have good ratings.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The NP540U3C supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most laptops of this age and spec. Most similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Samsung portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the NP540U3C.
The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across comparable types of portable PC is 133MHz.
With a weight of only 1.7 kilograms, the NP540U3C is one of the lighter notebook PCs of this age and type amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The weights of notebook PCs of this spec and age range from 300g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.
Quite High Speaker Power
Notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the NP540U3C have speaker power of between 1W and 11W. When compared to other comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to the NP540U3C that we have assessed, the Samsung NP540U3C's speaker power of 4 Watts is one of the highest.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.
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64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.
Two USB 2.0 Ports
Most comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports, including the NP540U3C which has two USB 2.0 ports.
Has a Touch Sensitive Screen
Unlike most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the NP540U3C which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the Samsung NP540U3C has a touch sensitive screen.
Quite High Front Camera Resolution
The NP540U3C has one of the higher front camera resolutions (1.3 megapixels) amongst laptops of this age. The front camera resolutions of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years range from 0.3MP to 1,300MP, and the average front camera resolution is 28MP.
Fairly Bright Display Brightness
At 300 candellas per square meter, the NP540U3C has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the NP540U3C. The display brightnesss of notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the NP540U3C range from 20 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m².
Laptops of a comparable age and spec to the NP540U3C have widths of between 38mm and 430mm, and the average width is 360mm. At only 314.96 millimeters, the NP540U3C is fairly narrow compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the NP540U3C.
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Does Not Have a Front Camera
The NP540U3C does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.
Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
The NP540U3C does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type do have a full-size keyboard.
Quite Small Screen Size
Medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 10" and 18", and the average screen size is 15". With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the NP540U3C has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.
Only HDD Storage Medium
This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on laptops of this spec and age. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.
Quite Small Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
The smallest hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity of comparable spec portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago is 8GB, the biggest is 1TB, and the average hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity is 580GB. The NP540U3C has one of the smallest hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacities (only 24 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory
The smallest maximum internal memory of notebook PCs of this age and spec is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB. The Samsung NP540U3C has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.
Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable spec and age to it.
Only One USB 3.0 Port
The NP540U3C is a one USB 3.0 port notebook PC.
Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency
Portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the NP540U3C have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.3GHz and 3.7GHz. At only 2.6 gigahertz, the NP540U3C has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the NP540U3C.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.
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Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when this notebook PC was released.
Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family
The Samsung NP540U3C has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than most laptops of a comparable age and spec to it. Most notebook PCs of this age and type have an Intel Core i5 processor family.
Average Total Storage Capacity
The NP540U3C has a pretty average total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the NP540U3C.
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Average Internal Memory
At 4 gigabytes, the NP540U3C has a fairly average internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 1.7 gigahertz, the NP540U3C has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.
Colour of Product
Intel Core i5, Intel Core i5-3xxx
Intel HM76 Express, Intel HM76
System Bus Rate
Processor Boost Frequency
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configurations
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Supported
Maximum Number of SMP Processors
ECC Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots (available)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Total Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
SD, SD, SDHC, SD, SDXC
Card Reader Integrated
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
1366 x 768
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 400
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Decent battery life for a touch system
Narrow bezels, responsive touchscreen
Smart design and decent build quality
Some touchpad issues
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