- Speed and features for being an in between device it has surprised me how fast and responsive it actually is
- Design and form factor this device reminds me of the Galaxy tab in some ways with its plastic parts but over it looks good an feel solid
- Battery life No comments
- Display No comments
- Durability on par with what i have com to expect from Samsung. solid build mostly plastic parts.
- Expandability it has a USB port and Micro SD card so you can add up to 64 GB there and it looks just like a 2nd HD.
- Noise nice an quiet as it has no fans.
- Portability (size / weight) not much different than transformer pad with its keyboard attachment and with out the keyboard not bad feel lighter than an iPad 4
I have to say that I was surprised how responsive it is. Its running the new Atom processor from Intel and it’s not like the old atom in netbooks this one feels rather solid. It’s a dual core processor running 1.8 GHZ and the machine also has 2 GB of RAM.
The tablet itself have a micro SD card slot, a USB 2 port, micro HDMI, NFC, a rear facing 8 MP HD camera and a front facing 2 MP HD camera. As it only comes with 64GB of onboard storage you are going to want to a micro SD card. The Camera is pretty good. It’s good for taking pictures of white boards. The USB port though is on the top of the tablet which I find is an odd place for it also especially if you are using any accessories that cables. I bought the model that came with the keyboard and it has 2 USB ports but no additional battery power but it does have a pace to plug in the power which I found odd since there is no battery but also nice as it let me leave the keyboard plugged in and just pull the tablet when I wanted to use as a tablet and not a netbook.
This model also has the Wacom digitizer that Samsung’s market as the S Pen. I have to admit that I found using the desktop a lot easier when I used the S Pen. A lot of the applications like office have small touch target that I find hard to hit when just using your fingers. The S Pen helps a lot in hitting those targets. When in Metro your fingers work fine as these icons are larger and geared more toward using touch then the desktop is.
Performance wise as I mentioned I was surprised at how responsive the device it. It’s not something you are going to be doing some serious multitasking but having Outlook, Lync, and excel running I didn’t notice any major lags but you are using them more as individual application I think then true multi-tasking. What I mean is that you are going to be working in one application at a time for the most part. You can have 2 open and taking up the screen at the same time but even then it doesn’t feel like true multi-tasking when on a normal PC.
Battery like has been good but not great. When just running it as a tablet I’m getting about 6 hours of battery and this is running the basic office suite in the back ground and using the docking station about 3/4ths the time. Samsung claims you get up to 9 hours.
The ATIV smart PC is a good tablet and when docked a good netbook alternative but it is not a PC replacement. It just doesn’t have the horse power to do that. As a secondary device especially in the office it’s a great option especially if you are in a Microsoft rich environment. You can use it as a tablet or as a netbook when docked, the S Pen comes in very handy and works well (after the last software update) and touch screen is responsive. As this is a Win 8 tablet you also have access to the Microsoft App Store or you can load your own software either by download or you can even use a USB DVD drive to install from there. I would recommend that you buy the version that comes with the keyboard as it save you about $100 as it sells for about $150 as an accessory and the tablet by itself is about $700.00 but when bundled its only about $750.
Is this something I would recommend to family and friends? That’s turning out to be a tougher question to answer then then you would image. I like the ATIV; I think it’s a good tablet/netbook. But at $700 that’s a lot of money especially since you can buy other tablets for less. You can also buy a full low end laptop for less. But for some one that wants a true windows tablet that runs the full office suite it is a good device and something I would recommend but for most people I would point them to either a dedicated tablet or a dedicated laptop instead. So I guess my answer would be “no” it’s not something I would recommend to family and friends.
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