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Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review

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Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review
Samsung cites the 4,080 mAh battery as good for 14.5 hours of light use and 10 hours of video playback, which gets the ATIV Smart PC in the realm of ARM-based tablets, and this is the biggest advantage of the otherwise weakling Atom processor.


Jack of all trades or a master of none? The Samsung ATIV Smart PC, as other Intel Atom-based tablets with Windows 8 sound great on paper – thin and light, they are capable to run legacy Windows programs, and have battery life comparable with iOS or Android slates. The compromises for achieving such a combo, however, are not to be taken lightly. While the ATIV Smart PC is airy for an 11.6” tablet and well built, its weight is not comfy to hold for a prolonged period and with the keyboard dock is as much as an 11” ultrabook.

Thus the main advantage of the ATIV Smart PC is that it gives you double the battery life your typical notebook would offer, as well as all the input flexibility that comes with the S Pen and a detachable screen-keyboard dock combo, so if for some reason you need full Win 8 for all-day computing on the go, Samsung's Atom-based slate would do the trick, but only in light usage scenarios.

For heavier usage you'd have to resort to something like the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is more expensive, or altogether get a notebook like the $500 Asus VivoBook, for instance, with the same size touchscreen as the Smart PC, same weight, and much better specs and storage, while spending the money you'd spare for an affordable tablet to use on the go.

The actual direct competitors of the ATIV Smart PC here, however, are other such Atom Win 8 slates, like the Acer Iconia W510, which has a tad smaller screen for the same price, but its keyboard dock sports an additional battery, so you can muster twice the endurance of the Smart PC, while it doesn't have the added S Pen functionality tucked in.

Or, alternatively, you can get an iPad 4 with hundreds of thousands of tablet-oriented apps, or a Nexus 10 with high-res display, yet if you need Windows 8 with this battery life on a tablet, there aren't many such slates to choose from at the moment.

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Samsung ATIV Smart PC Video Review:


  • Battery life comparable to an ARM-based tablet
  • USB port and software drivers allow hooking up any peripheral
  • S Pen functionality


  • Expensive
  • Intel Atom processor is only for light Windows programs
  • No extra battery in the keyboard dock
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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:42 3

1. sonisoe (Posts: 434; 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: 31; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

transformer book or vivotab kills it.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:33

6. lucasho2312 (Posts: 32; 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: 1237; 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: 2828; 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: 1580; 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
Dual-core, 1800 MHz, Intel Atom Z2760 processor
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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