Samsung Ativ Smart PC review | Tablets Reviews | TechRadar

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It’s hybrids galore as gears up for Windows 8

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So, Microsoft and Intel really to get into tablets. We know not just because they’ve us, but because they’re really everything at it.

First Microsoft Surface RT. which matched the in having an ARM processor and a scaled-back system. Then Microsoft and joined forces to make the Surface Pro. a tablet-shaped

Now there’s an attempt to get something in these two: enter the Ativ Smart PC XE500T1C, an multi-touch tablet.

It runs full-blown Windows 8 RT ), so supports legacy apps, apps and anything else care to fill it with. It Intel’s new Atom Z2760 (also known as Clover which is designed to offer the power efficiency of ARM processors, but be a traditional Intel x86 chip.


So, you’ve got a Windows 8 that promises all-day life. Is it too good to be true?

For a the tablet part of the equation is optional – the Ativ PC comes with a clamshell meaning you can turn it into a of Ultrabook. This kind of seems to be a theme for these Atom tablets: the Acer W510 uses the same and offers full Windows 8, also offering a keyboard

The difference is that the Iconia’s contains an additional battery, but the Ativ Smart PC’s

It has to be said that this the most portable tablet on the – its relatively large means that it’s not at 296 x 184 x 9.9mm (11.6 x 7.2 x 0.38 with its thickness rising to (0.8 inches)with the clamshell. And at (1.65lbs), it’s heavier an iPad 4 or Google Nexus 10. lighter than the Surface

In terms of looks, the Samsung Smart PC is reminiscent of Samsung’s – all plastic and rounded Well, not all plastic – the screen is glass. But with its of blue plastic, with a effect, it’s more you’d expect to see in a laptop a tablet.

It won’t win any design awards, but the quality seems sufficient.

The is actually a slightly different and the mismatch makes it look of low quality, but then it is a budget The clamshell itself sounds and rattly when you tap it (because it or less is hollow, presumably), but the is also built solidly.

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Two latches the tablet in place when in the clamshell, but it’s easy to out. The Windows Start key below the screen is hidden it’s in the clamshell, but then why you have one on the keyboard. You can still the other keys on the rim of the tablet, – the on/off switch and the lock key (which is less in the laptop mode, naturally).

The clamshell offers you a full and a small trackpad, which multi-touch gestures. It’s not the add-on you get, though there’s also Samsung’s stylus, with a compatible built into the screen.

The Samsung Ativ Smart PC is at £699/US$749.99/AU$999, which includes the and S-Pen. It also has a big brother the Ativ Smart PC Pro. includes an Intel Core i5 instead of the Atom, and is generally across the board, much the Surface Pro. That one for £999/US$1,199.99/AU$1,399.

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