Review: Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T brings Ultrabook power, not polish

Samsung's Windows 8 convertible is long on horsepower, but short on build quality

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Samsung has been populating both its Windows-powered notebooks and Android-powered phones with its S-branded line of software applications. Among the most prominent of these is the S Note note-taking app, which I first encountered in the Samsung Galaxy Note. Like the Note, the 700T includes a stylus (stored in a handy corner-mounted pocket) for taking handwritten notes. These apps can be really useful, especially if you've already made them a part of your workflow with another Samsung device.

Samsung also includes its own software update utility, which installed both device driver and system BIOS updates for the 700T while I was testing it. All of those operations required a reboot, but the updater handled them without any problems. Also included is Intel AppUp, an app store that offers both free and paid software for easy installation. Finally, a newly released version of the 700T also features wireless LTE data courtesy of AT&T.

The Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T combines plenty of processing power with better-than-expected battery life. It has some nice touches, but misses the mark in some ways. Ultimately, one would expect more solidity and polish in a system of this class.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T at a glance

PriceStarts at $1,199 MSRP; keyboard dock $149
ProcessorIntel Core i5-3317U plus Intel HD Graphics 4000
Memory4GB DDR3 (1600MHz)
Storage128GB SSD
Weight1.96 lbs. undocked; 3 lbs., 8.5 oz. docked
DimensionsHeight: 11.97 inches. Width: 7.46 inches. Depth: 0.47 inches.
Display11.6 inches @ 1,920-by-1,080 LED display
Battery4-cell Li-Po / 49 Wh
Ports1 USB 3.0, 1 Micro HDMI, 1 microSD card, 1 audio jack
Radios802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Touch UI10-finger multitouch
Management featuresTPM module
Sandra 2013 score4.37kPt

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