So I have had the Samsung ATIV Smart PC lying around in my office and I finally got the time to take it home and do a review.
I’m glad I waited so long. I had better things to do.
First, some specs:
The unit I got to review was the following:
- Model: XE500T1c-A04US
- Intel Atom: Z2760(1.80GHz)
- OS: Windows 8 (32Gb)
- LCD: 11.6 inches HD
- Resolution: 1366×768
- Memory: 2GB LPDDR@ 800mhz
- HDD: 64GB on board
- Wifi: 802.11abgn + BlueTooth 4.0
- Dimensions: 11.97″ x 3.52″ x 0.39″
- Weight: 1.68 lbs.
- Price: $699 (with tax)
I’ll make this review quick because these tablets all kinda act and feel the same once you get to the actual OS.
Note: The Samsung Ativ 500T I was sent for review lacked the keyboard that normally ships with the device.
First the unboxing:
Pretty standard box and graphics, nothing sleek or special.
Then you take this tablet out and hold it. This is when things kinda go south on this one.
ATIV how I don’t like thee, where do I begin?
First of all, it feels too heavy, then it feels too cheap, then it feels too plasticky (not a word I know), then it feels too awkward.
The bottom of the tablet has the attach points for the dock as well as a magnetic connector reminiscent of those Microsoft uses for the Surface. The left-hand side of the device is pretty standard with volume controls and a mini-HDMI output.
The top of the device has a lot going on. From the left, there’s the SD card slots, the USB 2 port, the physical auto-rotate on/off button, and the power switch.
The power button is easy to hit by mistake and the fold-away tabs make the device look really cheap.
The 11.6-inch screen is too big. At least the way it is executed here it is.
It makes the Samsung feel large and clumsy.
It also comes with a VERY well hidden stylus. A little too well hidden actually. You will miss this location if you just casually look over the tablet…
Cut to the chase here.
It worked and ran Windows 8 but it always felt a little sluggish to me. It felt like it was under-powered and not that responsive.
They say battery life on these models is meant to be really great (13 to 15 hours). I didn’t use it long enough to tell you but it seemed fine from all the times I used it, left it on and came back to it several hours later.
Here’s (to me) the biggest problem. I never liked even holding the device.
It felt like a first generation tablet and when you compare it to the splendid ASUS VivoTab RT, it’s like comparing a large bus to a Ferrarri.
My very first Windows 8 tablet was an ExoPC tablet and it felt better than this device. Back then I was so thrilled to be testing earlier previews of Windows 8 on a tablet, everything was forgivable.
In December of 2012, that doesn’t work.
I expected a lot out of the Samsung ATIV line of tablets, phones and PC’s and I have to say, so far I have not been impressed by either the phones or the tablets.
I would AcTIVely avoid this one (pun intended)…
Yeah this is a pretty brief review. It’s not one of the better Windows 8 tablets out here so if you want more specs and details, head to Samsung’s site to get more…
Here are the images from my review…