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Samsung Series 5 550P5C-S03 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £680
inc VAT

Its screen could be better, but this powerful laptop is the perfect swan song for Windows 7


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.5kg, 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M, 6.00GB RAM, 1,000GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The 550P5C-S03 has a good set of I/O ports, including four USB ports (two of which are the newer, faster USB3 type), VGA and HDMI ports for connecting it to an external monitor, and a 4-in-1 card reader. It also has an Ethernet port, Bluetooth, separate headphone and microphone jacks and a DVD rewriter.

Samsung Series 5 550P5C-S03 video outputs
Samsung Series 5 550P5C-S03 optical drive
There’s a decent range of ports and a built-in optical drive

We were impressed with its battery, too. It lasted an impressive eight hours and seven minutes, which means you should have no problem using it on the move.

The only downside to the 550P5C-S03 is the matt finish on its 15.6in screen. This means it’s not quite as bright as other laptops with glossy displays. As a result, colours looked slightly washed out in our high-contrast image tests. It effectively diffused reflections, but all our solid colours revealed a noticeable set of shadows toward the top and bottom of the screen, making our white images, in particular, look grey around the edge.

The Samsung Series 5 550P5C-S03 is an excellent all-round laptop with the performance levels, battery life and gaming power to suit most people, making it an ideal choice for families who like to work and play away from home. The excellent Best Buy-winning Toshiba Satellite L855-148
costs a little more, but it has a more powerful Core i7-3630QM processor and 8GB of RAM, which makes it a potentially better buy. If, however, you prefer Windows 7 and Samsung’s stylish design, you’ll love the Series 5 550P5C-S03.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-3210M
Processor clock speed 2.5GHz
Memory 6.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 2
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 30x368x243mm
Weight 2.5kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 2,048MB


Total storage capacity 1,000GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL, DVD-RAM

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n (dual band)
PC Card slots N/A
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC
Other ports 2x USB3, headphone, microphone


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included N/A
Optional extras N/A

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £680

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