Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro review

Skips on style, converts into almost an Ultrabook

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Many of the Windows 8 tablets on the market are Atom systems, which do at least run faster than ARM-based Windows RT devices such as the Surface RT.

But like Surface Pro, the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro is an Intel Core i5 PC with 4GB of memory; an Ultrabook in tablet format, capable of running demanding programs such as Photoshop, Paint.NET, loading large raw files in Adobe Lightroom and HD video editing or running 3D modelling tools without showing the strain.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro review

We're not sure whether it's the slightly different Core processor or the super-speedy 128GB SSD in the Surface Pro that gives it the edge, but the Samsung tablet is very slightly slower on our benchmark tests.

Cinebench: 11.5 OpenGL: 11.12fps CPU: 2.14pts
3D Mark 11: P583 graphics: 512 physics: 2760 combined: 513
Battery Eater: 2 hours 48 mins

You won't notice that in use though, and both boot (10 seconds) and shutdown (5 seconds) are so fast you'll forget you ever waited for a PC to start up. You won't be playing the very latest games at the very highest resolution, but gaming performance is similar to (though not quite as good as) Surface Pro.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro review

The disadvantage of a Core i5 system is that it can't compete with ARM and Atom on battery life. Our battery rundown test (which cranks up screen brightness and runs the CPU and GPU at full speed with Wi-Fi on) showed a typical mid-range Ultrabook result, with the battery lasting only 2 hours 48 minutes.

Again, that's only a few minutes less than what we saw with Surface Pro. What about real life usage? As with Surface Pro, we tested that with the screen at a comfortable brightness for working next to a large window, running multiple desktop programs and Windows Store apps at the same time, with Wi-Fi on and the USB port in use, browsing the web and receiving and sending email, watching the occasional video.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro review

Unlike the eight hours we regularly saw with Surface Pro, the battery life for the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro is just under five hours. Especially with the extra size and weight of the keyboard that's disappointing, although it's not dissimilar to most of the Ultrabooks we looked at last year.

The traditional vents on the back and side don't work as well as the innovative side vent on the Surface Pro to get the heat out of the way unnoticeably - but if you use the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro in notebook mode you'll never notice the heat, because it's nowhere near your hands or knees.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro review

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyATIV Smart PC Pro 7
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor Modeli5-3317U
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)880 g
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height11.9 mm
Width304 mm
Depth189.4 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series7
Product ModelXE700T1C
Product NameATIV Smart PC Pro XE700T1C Tablet PC
Product LineATIV Smart PC Pro
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberXE700T1C-H01UK
Manufacturer Website Address
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Package Contents
  • ATIV Smart PC Pro XE700T1C Tablet PC
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter