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Samsung Series 5 Slim – Trinity-flavored Portability
By Jason Marges - 2 Aug 2012
Launch SRP: PhP29900

Design And Features

Not Exactly An Ultrabook...

There are Ultrabooks, and then there are notebooks in ultra-slim and ultra-light designs borne out of the dawn of the Ultrabook. The Samsung Series 5 Slim is one of them, bearing dimensions that approximate that of an Ultrabook, but hosting internals based on the mobile flavor of the fancied AMD Trinity platform. Oh, and it’s much more affordable, coming with a sub-PhP 30,000 price tag, which makes it more accessible to a wider audience. How will the difference in internal specifications and core components make an impact in terms of system performance and overall product value? Let’s find out in this review.

Looks like one, feels like one, but isn't one. The Samsung Series 5 Slim represents AMD's Trinity-based ultra-thin notebooks that are designed to contend with Intel's portability champs.

Physically, the Series 5 Slim shares the same aluminum chassis with the 13-inch version of the Samsung Series 5 Ultra, which we have also reviewed here. Unlike the Series 5 Ultra which comes in a more serious dark silver color scheme, the Series 5 Slim is available in mocha and pink color variants, making it appealing to a wider range of user profiles, including ladies and the more individualistic youth.

Available in pink and mocha brown color variants, the Series 5 Slim should be an attractive option for female users and young students who have an inclination towards individual expression and flamboyance with their gear.

That said, the Series 5 Slim offers the same comprehensive selection of ports as the Series 5 Ultra, i.e. two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, the nifty protractable Ethernet port, mic-in/headphone-out jack, and a memory card reader. This keeps the Series 5 Slim ready and flexible, connectivity-wise, which is always an advantage whenever productivity is a concern.

Maintaining the impressively sleek form (thanks to tapered edges) of the Series 5 Ultra, the Series 5 Slim hosts the Ethernet LAN, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, and VGA (via adapter) connector ports on its left profile.

On the right, one will find two more USB ports (although those of the USB 2.0 standard) and a 4-in-1 media card reader.

Also similar to the earlier Series 5 Ultra, the Series 5 Slim's chiclet keyboard and traditional trackpad designs (as opposed to the clickpad that is becoming more common on new notebook models) have been retained. Both are responsive and pleasant to use. 

The Series 5 Slim's chiclet keys have a very nice depth and responsiveness, although like the Series 5 Ultra, they don't benefit from any backlighting.

The touchpad is pleasantly large, but also like the Series 5 Ultra, the Series 5 Slim avoids the buttonless clickpad design that is commonly being adapted on many Ultrabook designs.

On top of the keyboard is the speaker grille, adding some semblance of texture to an otherwise plain aesthetic beneath the lid.

Since the Series 5 Slim is a remarkably thin notebook, a slight protrusion at the top of the lid is a nice touch to make flipping this notebook open easier than it should be.

Next: Specifications, Performance, and Conclusion

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