Excerpt: Hybrid laptops seems to be the mantra for all laptop manufacturers these days. It’s inevitable to not come out with one to counter competition. That’s the reason why we’re now witnessing a sudden flow of these convertible devices. Samsung’s offering in this segment is the ATIV series, which currently comprises two models for the Indian market—ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T and Smart PC 500T1C.
Tablet/laptop hybrids are here, and the ATIV Tab leads Samsung's charge.
29 May 2013
Conclusion: If you find yourself wishing that your tablet could handle all the stuff you'd normally be doing on a laptop, or want a tablet with a large screen for use around the house, the Samsung ATIVsmart PC Pro is a great start. The Windows 8 Pro tablet/laptop hybrids are going through some growing pains, but Samsung made this unit with enough tools (like the S-pen) to handle some of those issues fairly well.
Summary: Among Intel-Core-powered Windows 8 hybrids, the $1,199 Wi-Fi version of the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 700T is one of our favorites because of the versatile S Pen, handy Samsung apps (including a Start-menu replacement) and sharp 1080p display. The addition of 4G LTE and a slightly faster CPU would seem to sweeten the deal, but $1,599 is a lot to spend for these upgrades, especially when the LTE speeds aren't that fast.
Pros: Powerful performance, Integrated S-Pen, Engaging Samsung apps, Vivid 1080p display, Fast boot time, Dock for stylus
Conclusion: At $1,200 the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T is more expensive than some of our favorite Ultrabooks, though it’s not that much more than the Surface Pro with 128GB inside plus the mechanical type cover. In most retail outlets, it’s already down to $1,120 to $1,130, which puts it within a few dollars of the Surface Pro. The ATIV’s keyboard dock is superior and the tablet’s design a little more comfortable, though not as balanced.
Pros: Sturdy, comfortable design and build, S Pen makes Desktop mode bearable, has its own port, High-resolution display, Good battery life
Cons: Hard to balance on the lap in the keyboard dock, Volume doesn't get loud enough, Display's viewing angles and brightness don't impress, Gets uncomfortably hot when taxed
Conclusion: There's a lot to like about the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T: it's fast, battery life is pretty good and it has a good full HD display with both multi-touch and a Wacom digitizer. The keyboard dock is in the box, so there's no hidden cost. We're not too keen on the black plastic casing that looks more netbook than $1,200 Ultrabook and Samsung needs to get the issue with keyboard disconnects sorted out (hopefully a few months from now, only working docks will be on the...
Pros: Very functional transformer design, Wacom digitizer with pen and WinTab drivers pre-installed. Pleasing full HD display, useful software utilities bundled.
Cons: Keyboard disconnects far too easily on ours, and doesn't have a secondary battery or ports beyond two USB 2.0 ports. Bland and plasticky design for an expensive product.
Summary: The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T is a model of versatility. Thanks to its Intel Core i5 CPU, fast SSD and keyboard dock, the tablet can seamlessly switch between productivity and entertainment. The S-Pen is nicely integrated into the software, which makes this slate more attractive to mobile professionals. Windows 8 users will also be pleased to see an actual Start Menu on the desktop.
Pros: Powerful performance, Compelling Samsung apps, Sharp 1080p display, Fast boot time, Keyboard included, Dock for stylus
Cons: Relatively heavy, Inconsistent touchpad, Pricier than many Ultrabooks