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Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review

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Camera

There is an 8MP camera with LED flash on the back of the ATIV Smart PC, and a front-facing shooter for video chat. The interface is pretty basic in the Camera app, only letting you adjust the resolution, brightness, contrast and exposure, but you can always scoop an app from the Windows Store for color effects, HDR and the like.

Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review

Camera interface


The camera takes some time to focus, and the photos appear somewhat soft and undersaturated, with less detail than we would expect from the camera's resolution.


The tablet shoots Full HD 1080 video, and the footage is mediocre, with wandering focus, pale colors, and can be quite noisy in low-light scenarios.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Sample Video:



Samsung ATIV Smart PC Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia

The biggest gripe about the default Win 8 media apps is not the music player or picture application, but rather the default video player, which doesn't support such popular containers like MKV. Thus you'd have to resort to 3rd party apps or the good old desktop mode again to install any video player your heart desires, which gives you one less reason to stay and use the Modern UI elements. Samsung even throws in CyberLink Power DVD for free, though we prefer lighter solutions.

Multimedia on the Samsung ATIV Smart PC - Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review
Multimedia on the Samsung ATIV Smart PC - Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review
Multimedia on the Samsung ATIV Smart PC - Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review
Multimedia on the Samsung ATIV Smart PC - Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review

Multimedia on the Samsung ATIV Smart PC


For a tablet the ATIV Smart PC sports pretty decent stereo speakers, which don't sound too flat, or distort too much at the highest volume.

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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:42 3

1. sonisoe (Posts: 320; Member since: 06 May 2009)


stay away from this device, i have one and its buggy. keyboard-dock screen connectivity is patchy youll be frustrated. buggy ie. freezes time to time, atom is still slow... worst crazily overpriced.... and amnot the only person with these issues...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:43 1

2. mohammed2222 (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


transformer book or vivotab kills it.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:33

6. lucasho2312 (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


im dying waiting for the transformer book. that was 8 months since the teaser.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:54 2

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


That screen is terrible but probably used it to keep costs down. Still crazy how a $300 tablet can have an awesome display but you have to shell out $1000 if you want a pc with even a decent display.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:47 1

4. fsahin (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


It is shame to copy ASUS Transformer series!stop copying please!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:59 1

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2813; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I prefer a netbook to this.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:36 2

7. tmcblog (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


- Insert intel atom joke here -

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:13 1

8. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I'd rather take the Surface with the high price and shorter battery life. Atom processors are just unimpressive at this point. What a disappointing device.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:55

9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1007; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


there is an update for the Atom processor windows 8 tablets that takes away some of it's bugs

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Display11.6 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (135 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1800 MHz, Intel Atom Z2760 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size11.97 x 7.46 x 0.39 inches
(304 x 189.4 x 9.9 mm)
26.46 oz  (750 g)

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