Conclusion: Priced at AED 4999, the Samsung Slate PC Series 7 is certainly not cheap and more than twice of what you could get an iPad or an Android based tablet for. But then again, the Slate is a full blown PC and not a cut-down version of an OS. However, the OS is not the most tablet-friendly OS that exists which is the real dilemma here.
Summary: Tablet + Notebook = Slate PC? Samsung aims to unite the best of the notebook and tablet worlds with its new Series 7 tablet. To this end the Windows Tablet gets a docking station and keyboard and runs some touchscreen-optimised programs. Is this enough to convince professional users to part with 1300 Euro?
Pros: Premium design, High quality materials, Included docking station, Bluetooth keyboad, Touch launcher, Bright display with good viewing angles, Satisfactory performance, Fast SSD, Long battery life, The good design, the excellent display and the folding docking station.
Cons: Reflective front face-plate, Very warm upper edge, Errors with the stylus, A USB 3.0 port and an anti-glare front panel.
Excerpt: The jury is still out on Windows 7 tablets — and, at this point, it looks like it may never come in — but with the Series 7 Slate , Samsung at least gives this difficult niche the old college try. Our last encounter with a Windows tablet dates back to March’s Viewsonic ViewPad 10 , which disastrously attempted to combine Windows and Android in one device, dramatically failing at both. Here, Samsung is at least wise enough to pick one, and give that OS its all.
Summary: The Series 7 Slate PC is a tablet computer that’s powerful enough to be used as a laptop or desktop. It may be the only computer you need, which is something that sets it apart from most Android and iOS tablets which are best seen as items that you might buy
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If you add a keyboard and stand or docking station to the Series 7 Slate, you can use it like a portable laptop — assuming you don’t feel the need to actually place it on your lap to type.
Conclusion: The Samsung Series 7 Slate is definitely the best slate form factor Windows 7 tablets to hit the market, and it's earned our Editor's Choice award. It packs plenty of power thanks to the Intel Core i5 CPU and Intel HD 3000 graphics that trounce Atom-based tablets from HP, Acer and Fujitsu. The display is superb though glossy and colors are almost better than life.
Pros: Relatively light, excellent touch experience by Windows standards, active digitizer with pen, fast, decent battery life.
Summary: Android and iOS tablets get most of the attention these days, but there's still a market for Windows-based slates. The $1,349 Samsung Series 7 Slate PC is certainly worth a look for business users. Its Core i5 processor has more than enough power to take care of your productivity needs, and Samsung's touch-friendly interface and responsive capacitive screen making using Windows 7 less of a pain than other Windows tablets we've tested.
Pros: Strong performance, Solid design, Accessories included, Solid pen support
Cons: Larger and heavier than most tablets, Noticeable lag when rotating display, Expensive, Below-average battery life, Fan can be noisy
Samsung Series 7 Slate – a slim Windows 7 tablet with no compromise in performance
18 October 2011
Conclusion: The price, however, is very high for a tablet – the base model costs $1099 (without the accessories), and the price goes up to $1600 for the top model (including the peripherals). Keeping in mind that this “tablet” has more power than most current notebooks, it might be a good purchase for at least some business owners and corporate users.
Summary: Samsung has packed an entire Intel Core i5 laptop into a slim, light slate tablet that comes with a Bluetooth keyboard. Too bad it had to pack a fan in there, too. Read our Samsung Series 7 Slate review.