Samsung ATIV Smart PC (500T1C)
I know the title says “Smart PC” but that is the official Samsung name. To me, this is the new range of tablet & keyboard offerings that are now hitting the market running on Windows 8. The smart PC sees the power of the tablet and the power of a fully featured PC workstation ( i will go into this soon). This is a hybrid device, the ability detach the screen and turn it into the tablet and then dock again in a keyboard styled docking station is new in execution but not new in concept.
The model that i have is a brushed blue chrome all over and has a look that has really grown on me. Finger prints become an issue but if you can look past this then this clean design, look and feel works. It weighs in at 774g (Tablet) and 1.45kg (keyboard) but together it feels like a netbook.
As a hybrid device it has a 11.6 inch screen which detaches from the keyboard. Now for the big news, this runs on an Intel Atom processor (the same that is used in netbooks) which for me has always promised a lot and failed to deliver. But for the first time i am not feeling that the processor is holding back the OS, it performs very well allowing the OS to run smoothly and seemly with no lag at all. Windows 8 needs to flow otherwise the experience feels clunky and quite frankly ugly. The ATIV uses an inbuilt Intel graphics card that does not provide gaming performance but will deliver the basic needs for 80% of users.
Battery life is always a big thing with tablet devices, and you will find that you get a reported 14.5 hours light usage and a reported 10 hours video playback. In my testing i got 11 hours usage before i ran out of battery but unit had been a test device so the 14.5 hours looks like it could be real.
When you detach the tablet from the keyboard you get a device that has a plethora of ports associated to it. You get a USB port, HDMI, Micro SD slot, audio jack, volume rocker, microphone input and rotation lock. There is of course a front (8 Meg) and rear (2 meg) facing cameras that provide very good quality for such a low cost device. The keyboard has two additional USB ports and at the point were the keyboard slots into the keyboard you get a clam hinge that allows you to create an ultrabook that folds nice and flat.