Samsung ATIV 700T Pro Smart PC - Testing - Features

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Samsung ATIV 700T Pro Smart PC
Specifications
Testing - Features
Testing - Benchmarks
Final Thoughts

 

Samsung ATIV 700T Testing - Features:

I'm going to break this first section of testing down into a few different categories where I go over individual components of this system.

 

CPU:

The ATIV 700T features an Intel Core i5-3317U Dual-Core CPU running at 1.7GHz. If you would have told me it was possible to be running a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU in a tablet this small a few years ago I would have called you crazy.

This CPU packs a serious punch and really makes the ATIV 700T function and feel more like a notebook than a tablet.

Hard Drive:

The ATIV 700T comes with a 128GB SSD. Unfortunately this is not upgradeable or available in larger sizes at this time, but for the majority of people, you should be able to survive with 128GB of storage space.
 

Connectivity:

Where do we start?

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1 Micro SD card slot
  • 1 USB 3.0 Port on the tablet, 2 USB 2.0 ports on the keyboard dock
  • Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
  • Front 2.0 MP Camera
  • Rear 5.0 MP Camera
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Intel WiDi Connectivity
  • Samsung S-Pen

Basically everything your notebook has (and maybe even more).  As I mentioned before, the S-Pen is a great addition to this tablet and after using it for a while probably will become your favorite too.
 
 
Keyboard/Dock:

They keyboard/dock on the ATIV 700T appears to be pretty much identical to the ATIV 500T.

I wouldn't say the keyboard is the best I've ever tested, but it is more than adequate and is overall pretty comfortable and very comparable to other Samsung notebook offerings. I wouldn't want to write a novel using the ATIV 700T's keyboard, but you should have no problems typing emails and other important tasks.

The hinging/docking mechanism is decent enough, although I did find that every once and a while if you were moving the unit around you would hear Windows un-detect and then re-detect the keyboard dock. The hinge on the ATIV 700T seems solid enough, but obviously you are going to want to be careful with it as I would assume a fall could break the mechanism that holds the tablet to the dock. 

 

Screen:

The ATIV 700T features an 11.6" 1920x1080 (1080P) screen. I'm personally a fan of high resolution screens, and with an 11.6" 1080P screen I found the ATIV 700T to be drool-worthy. 

For some the screen might almost be "too high resolution" as the icons and text can become quite small when running at its native 1920x1080 resolution, but overall I'd say most people will appreciate the high resolution screen.

The one drawback that both the ATIV 500T and 700T have is the amount you can tilt the screen back. When sitting on a desk or tablet, the screen tilts back far enough to give you a good viewing angle, but if you set it on your lap it is tough to get a good viewing angle due to how far back the screen will tilt. Most people might not even notice, but if like sitting on the couch with your laptop on your lap, the lack of tilt is a bit annoying.

Sound:

Overall the sound that the ATIV 700T produces is about as good as can be expected for a tablet. It's not going to blow your socks off, but it is more than adequate if you want to watch a movie or listen to some music in a relatively quiet room.

 

Battery:

The battery life on the ATIV 700T isn't as bad as I thought it would be, and on average with light usage I was able to attain between 4-5 hours of use on a single charge. Obviously if you are running the system full out that number will drop significantly, but overall for a system that is powerful enough to be a laptop, the battery life receives top marks from me.

 

Conclusion:

Specifications-wise there really isn't too much Samsung forgot with the ATIV 700T, they've loaded this unit up with all the features that most notebooks have today.  Even though the ATIV 700T is technically a tablet, it performs more like a notebook so to be fair I should probably call it a Notelet or maybe a Tabbook.