With the arrival of Windows 8 the convertible a Renaissance is experiencing. The format is not new, and it is that other manufacturers have already sought to exploit this way with other operating systems, such as for example Asus Android.
On this occasion the batch of equipment is broader, and among them we find the Samsung ATIV Smart PC that has already gone through our analysis table at newvilleoutdoor. A convertible to seeks to be a versatile tool and to always carry.
Design and finishing
The shadow of the Galaxy family is elongated and although ATIV is born as a new product line, is inevitable to see similar. Stays that marbled touch opened in Samsung Galaxy S3 and some element of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. However, the feeling that conveys is better.
It is plastic, Yes, but the construction of the equipment is of much higher quality than its sibling with Android. Also remain the speakers front stereo but the distribution of the connectors and the feeling when we take it is much better.
In the case of the dock that positive impression stays. Good finishes, pleasant to the touch, but then will review in more detail some aspects of that component as the keyboard. The trackpad is perhaps what we like least, gives a feeling of being a little care component When pressed about it.
As we have mentioned before, we mostly have plastic and some parts in aluminium in the dock and the two piece connector. There will be those here seem of poor quality. Personally, I think that in one aspect where meets well even if you don’t use finest materials.
Connectivity and S-Pen
At the level of connectivity Samsung did not want to neglect nothing and the same tablet we are enough options: HDMI, USB, card reader… If you want more you can use the dock. Well armed, without USB 3.0, and with somewhat uncomfortable removing covers.
Another reminiscence of the family Galaxy found in the S-pen. A useful pointer to draw in the application notes S, which we will discuss later. Physically resembles the version of the Tablet, comfortable, but a step below in terms of quality with respect to the Note II.
In this device, it does not have as important a role as it had in the Galaxy carrying it. However, it is an interesting addition for those looking for having a reliable tool to make quick scribbles and sketches. Meets, but does not have much importance or relevance.
The screen, with a 11.6-inch size, offers luminance 400 nit and a nearly complete viewing angle. Both with plenty ambient light walking is it really well behaved. Some thanks if we are going to take it over and work with different lights.
Level contrasts of colors and nuances behaves in line that offer other high-end tablets. A good performance but nothing above the piston. The resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels is comfortable to read and offers sufficient quality to view images and video.
The touch response, Multipoint meets note. It just delayed and spins perfectly an aspect that makes the difference in Windows 8: to be able to touch the screen and use some gestures such as those that are made from the outside of the frame toward the screen.
The keyboard, one of the key points. Chiclet-type we find a distribution non-alphanumeric right portable type. Keystrokes are comfortable but we have a package error: key space tends to get stuck. Something quite uncomfortable when we want to write quickly.
With a little patience, pick up slack and click correctly but the impression we have had in this regard not we liked. Moreover, it works well and is grateful for that on the F keys shortcuts have been introduced to adjust the volume, brightness, or put it in airplane mode.
Performance and battery
Inside we find an Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM. It is not the most powerful configuration but in this case it complies to operate Windows 8 full, some thank the RT version has quite a few limitations.
At first, the performance that the Intel Atom is quite good. However There are times where the experience is a bit truncated: applications that are slow, crash, slow transitions. They are specific but a little annoying.
When it comes to running applications, you can with most of them without any problems. Not hope to be able to run the latest games on the market but basic apps, including Office as not, open them and manages with solvency. Ditto for multitasking and switching between them.
One aspect that we liked very much, despite entering the pattern of other teams with SSD, is boot speed. In little more than ten seconds is able to go on and take us to the screen of Windows 8. Nothing praiseworthy, in comparison, but still all a joy.
To give you a bit of personality to the system, we have own Samsung apps. Some quite useful as notes S and others somewhat expendable as a version of the Norton antivirus tests. S Player is a good video player and is very well synchronized with the files that we have in the team.
Before we talked about the placement of some on the front stereo speakers Tablet. The quality is correct, cannot be compared with a normal speaker but is more than enough for listening to music or watching a movie.
The battery, another of the key aspects of the ATIV Smart PC has surprised us. Samsung promised on their datasheet 13.5 hours of battery and normal use, normal brightness and WiFi connection, we managed to squeeze ten hours with the dock.
In the event that we see movies the number reaches seven. Ideal for mobility and not let ourselves be pulled. Their 31W are more than enough to not be pending charge it every few minutes.
We ended up with the camera, looking tablets, even if the sensors are not bad, only makes sense when we use videoconferencing. Since taking photos with the tablet is not as comfortable or practical, in comparison with a smartphone or a camera.
On the back its 8MP do well both with good light and with little but nor is the best compared to the mobile. The frontal, 2 megapixel meets videoconferencing but little more, low-light suffers enough.
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Although the convertible is not something new, it is for the general public. Having to introduce (or re-introduce) a new category is difficult to explain what offers that they do not have the other teams. People want a tablet, the market grows, but want one with keyboard?
If there are people waiting for this type of equipment this Samsung ATIV is one of the options to consider. On the one hand meets the part of productivity, once the space key pick up slack, the battery provides sufficient autonomy to forget plugs for a few hours.
At the level of processor it is true that it is not the fastest in the class but it meets. Perhaps not enough for those who want a convertible more pointer, like ATIV Smart PC Pro, but for most every day is more than enough.
On the other hand there are aspects that are on the computer but do not end up profiting, as note S. It is a useful application but at the end you become a little displaced. It is true that the focus is another but in the end its existence is quite discreet.
In relationship quality price, 799 euros, with regard to what competitors, is reasonable. It is not the cheapest but within which offers the figure is understandable. Even so, according to advance the market price may be, something normal when a new type of product hits the market.
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