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Better than I had expected,
This review is from: Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T (Tablet Only) (Personal Computers)
As many others, I questioned the capability of a tablet powered by an ATOM Intel processor. Netbooks powered by the Atom often were quite underpowered and tedious to
work with. But the ATIV Smart PC (with its dual core Atom and Windows 8) is a pleasant surprise. It is quick. Windows open and close quickly and apps launch quickly.
I installed Office, ITunes, PowerDVD, and had no problems running any of the aforementioned programs. Microsoft crippled the media player (too few codecs), but will
rectify that situation by offering a free Media Center update. The ATIV tablet has a large screen with sufficient resolution of make viewing pleasant. A regular sized USB port is
a welcome addition to a tablet. The onscreen keyboard is large and easy to type on. One can install legacy apps by simply attaching a USB thumb drive or a portable
DVD drive, or downloading files from the internet. Since the ATIV Smart PC only has a 64 gig hard drive, one needs to be careful not to overload the system with
apps and media files. But the USB port makes it easy to add video files via a thumb drive. Battery life also seem quite
good (around 6-7 hours of normal use) since the ATOM is very energy efficient. While a tablet with a third generation, I3, I5,
or I7 would not doubt be faster, it probably would have a shorter battery life in a tablet as thin and light as the ATIV Smart PC.
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Initial post: Oct 27, 2012 9:18:51 AM PDT
I have been keeping a close eye on this device, on paper it seems to be everything I am looking for, my concern though: is 11.6" too unwieldy to use as you would a 10.1" tablet? I have a 10.1 Android tablet right now and I am having trouble imagining it being 1.5" bigger and still being comfortable to use.
Posted on Oct 27, 2012 10:03:41 AM PDT
Ezekiel Carsella says:
what i would like it see is some benchmarks. by any chance do you have any? i would be very happy to see some so i can see if i would like to get it. idc what you would use like NovaMark or Passmark etc..
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 11:55:38 AM PDT
Processor speed is 3.4; ram speed is 4.5; graphics sped is 3.5; gaming graphics speed is 3.2; hd speed is 5.8; data is from the Windows experience index.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 1:01:18 PM PDT
I can lay in bed and hold the tablet with one hand. It weighs about 1.5 lbs, but is very slim. The extra screen size is welcome since one can enlarge fonts easily.
Posted on Oct 27, 2012 2:21:01 PM PDT
LA Gadget Dude says:
Does your tablet "creak" at all? Mine creaks in a couple places and it is very annoying (near the hdmi port and somewhere along the right side).
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 2:25:22 PM PDT
James McAfee says:
Did you guys actually get your tablets from Amazon? I pre-ordered one but it went from Pre-Ordered to Out of Stock. No one seems to actually have any Pro tablets to sell. :-(
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 2:54:01 PM PDT
I got mine from Staples since I wanted to immediately return it if it did not perform adequately.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 2:55:03 PM PDT
I have not noticed any creaking.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 6:27:11 PM PDT
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Amazon Customer says:
You can find Atom Z2760 passmark benchmark here:
Posted on Oct 27, 2012 7:04:40 PM PDT
Lizard King says:
I'm basically thinking of using it as a tablet (no keyboard). Can you compare the performance with say the ipad or any android tablet?