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#114174 11-Feb-2013 10:25
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I had a Samsung Ativ Smart PC, XE700T1C-A02AU for a few days to trial in order to give a report and recommendations for a customer, in short is was not up to par.

The 11.6 screen was terrible  it did have  crisp image and great viewing angles but suffered from very bad light bleed down the entire left side and this was very bad at the bottom left corner with light bleed encroaching about 15 mm in the screen.

The USB slots whilst full USB were USB 2 and had very fiddly covers on them that also felt quite flimsy and I am sure they will break off after a short period of time.

The "plastic" casing gave the unit a very cheap feeling although it may well be more durable than it's looks and feel would indicate, it is an amazing finger print magnet.

The unit with the keyboard attached felt unbalanced and feels like it will tip easily although in actual use it did not. In tablet mode the widescreen aspect is comfortable to hold however some of the edges on the bezel were a little sharp.

Battery use was acceptable and I only needed to charge it at night.

The worst aspect of the trial was an unacceptable number of crashes experienced. Over two days the machine crashed  at least 8 times with one crash requiring a "reset" in order to get the WiFi working again.

Windows 8 (full 32bit) was installed and worked well most of the time however I did notice lag at times and choppy scrolling. On occasion the charms were very difficult to stir into life.

Will I be recommending this unit? no.

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  #759342 11-Feb-2013 10:35
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thanks for the info. find it funny they called it "Smart PC".... I would of thought everyone considered all PCs smart devices...

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  #759346 11-Feb-2013 10:42
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I recommend the Acer W510. Looking forward to Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2. Releasing in NZ in April. Checkout the review below. Rated one of the best Windows 8 tablets. Even though it's running the latest Atom CPU, it's still powerful.

Do whatever you want to do man.



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  #759408 11-Feb-2013 12:19
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I bought the little brother atom powered XE500 version and i actually quite like it. I would agree with most of your comments however the light bleed on mine is very minor and along the bottom edge and only an issue using it in a dark room at night time

I did have a few restart issues over the first couple of weeks however it has had a truckload of win8 and Samsung updates install over this time and have not had any issues since

Overall I like it and would recommend it

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  #759681 11-Feb-2013 18:13
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I'm waiting for a Thinkpad Helix myself, the new Intel ATOM is quite powerful, but not powerful enough for me as a desktop replacement

but ordered myself a 128GB Surface Pro over the weekend to use in the meantime :)

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  #759686 11-Feb-2013 18:24
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Cheers for the review. I was very close to getting one of these last week but now I'm glad that I didn't. JBHifi had $300 off.

I'll wait for some firm pricing for the Helix but it's looking like the one for me.

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  #759905 12-Feb-2013 09:28
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I have been testing a HP Envy model x2 11-g001tu as a comparison. This unit has similar spec's as the Samsung. The overall performance is similar to the Samsung but I did not notice as much lag and choppy performance. The battery life is great due to the additional battery in the Keyboard/Dock. For the 3 days I had the unit I did not need to recharge it.

The overall build quality of the HP unit was better the Samsung by quite a bit, it had a more sturdy and quality feel to it, Some of the edges of the keyboard could have been better. The monitor gave an excellent image and viewing angles were excellent.

Ports available were two USB, Micro SD, HDMI and SD.

If I were to choose between teh HP of the Samsung my choice would be the HP unit which is a surprise to me as my opinion of most of the HP consumer range is at best mixed but really I think they are rubbish. Maybe these units are indicative that HP is trying to lift  the build quality of it's consumer range of products.  


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  #759913 12-Feb-2013 09:52
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I too have an XE500T and find it brilliant. However, the first one started to fail during the first week with a faulty keyboard and tablet but the replacement works like a charm. It is never going to an alternative laptop option for the power user but for someone whose needs include a tablet with full Windows 8 capability plus what in my opinion is a very good keyboard, the 500T could fit the bill. I have no problems at all with crashes but as you remark, it is essential to take on board all the latest updates. I acknowledge that number of Apps is quite small compared with IOS and Android nonetheless, there are some really interesting ones available depending on your needs.


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#764189 18-Feb-2013 14:41
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My experience with the ATIV Smart PC Pro is a little different & I don't think it deserves such a bad rap


Initially I did have a few issues with the system freezing, rebooting but that was resolved by updating the firmware, drivers & letting Windows perform it's updates. I haven't had these kind of problems since.


I've had it now for two months. At home I connect the HDMI & dual monitor it. This works well as a near desktop replacement. (Win8 with classic start loaded looks just like win7 on hte external monitor) On the road (work trips to Australia) it performs admirably at times docked to it's keyboard or as a tablet. My only gripe would be coming to terms with Windows8. I found a good comprimise using the Classic start addon for desktop mode being perfect when using it as a laptop & running legacy programs. The touch pad & keyboard plus a wireless mouse work perfectly together just as with any notebook.


I have come to the conclusion that the keyboard dock connector is little more that a USB 3 connection & the keyboard unit is really a hub distributing to 2 x USB 2 ports, the track pad & keyboard. with power flowing in either direction depending on whether it's adapter coupled or running from battery. The USB 3 port on the top edge is very capable & I have a 32GB micro card more or less perminently loaded into the slot to hold my data files.


It has a Wacom stylus for those times you're operating in tablet mode (keyboard detached) & you need the precision of a mouse. The samsung apps dedicated to this work just as they do on the Samsung galaxy note. I've been running blue stacks android emulator on it fairly successfully. It gets a bit slow in places but for the most part it allows me to treat this PC as if it was an Android tablet as well.


I can't deny that the build quality could be better but it is adequate. The full HD screen is great too, I haven't noticed excessive bleed as reported elsewhere & the rear camera is also a bonus. It has a small adapter too which charges the unit quickly from flat to full in about 2 to 3 hours.


In summary I recon you'd be hard pressed to find a better alternative even with the surface pro floating around. Works for me!

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