Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro review

Skips on style, converts into almost an Ultrabook

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How much you like the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro depends on how much you want a Windows 8 tablet, how much you want an Ultrabook and how much you want something that's a compromise between the two.

The Surface Pro is a better pure tablet, and it has far more clever features, but for some people it's a little too clever. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro is bigger and not nearly as clever, but it's a far better compromise between the two because the keyboard turns it into something much more familiar.

We liked

You get a fully functional Windows 8 tablet, with pen and touch, with reasonable but not outstanding battery life. You can write on the screen or hold the screen in both hands and use the thumb keyboard, you can sit back and swipe through web pages or play games and watch videos.

And when you need a notebook you can snap on the keyboard and type away as if you were balancing an Ultrabook on your knee. As promised, it's Windows 8 and the best of both worlds.

We disliked

The trackpad is hands down the most annoying thing about the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro. It's jumpy, over-sensitive and downright intrusive. We found ourselves turning features off just to get it to select text reliably.

Battery life is disappointing for the size and weight of the complete system, especially compared to the Surface Pro. And Samsung has chosen yet another tiny power connector that isn't the same as any other Samsung device's, so you don't have much choice when it comes to buying a spare power supply or trying to get a tip for a third-party external battery.

Final verdict

As an Ultrabook, the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro is a little thick and heavy, and it skimps on ports and battery life. As a tablet, it's a great Windows 8 tab with an excellent screen that's powerful, well balanced in your hands and very responsive to touch.

But what will really sell the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro is that you can go from one to the other in seconds, without being disappointed in either.

You won't draw the same kind of attention as you do when you're carrying a Surface Pro, but if the kickstand isn't for you and you can stand the trackpad, Samsung has a compromise that doesn't make too many concessions.

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