Samsung's take on the Surface Pro, the ATIV Smart PC 500T

Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2013 - 04:30 PM |
Tagged: Samsung, ATIV Smart PC 500T, Surface Pro, tablet

Samsung has produced a Surface Pro tablet they call the ATIV Smart PC 500T, which comes paired with a keyboard/docking station.  Powered by an 1.5GHz Atom Z2760 and 2GB of DDR2-800 with a 64GB e.MMC iNAND SSD for storage the device the performance will beat a WinRT tablet but it is not going to compete with a laptop.  Strangely one of the most advertised features, the S Pen, was not present in the Canadian package so it is not included in this review.  Silent PC Review noticed that Samsung are working on the 500T's page, though they do not know if it was to correct the erroneous text stating the S Pen comes with the basic model or simpy to give time to have S Pens shipped and attached.  The 11.6" 1366 x 768 screen was washed out in comparison to the Microsoft Surface Pro and it did not seem as sturdy as the Microsoft product either.  Check out the full review to get a better idea how this tablet performs.

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"Windows 8 is making possible a new class of mobile convertibles that flip between tablet and notebook. The Samsung ATIC Smart PC 500T is one example, based around a new Atom core and built around a big (for tablets) 11.6" screen, but there's an Ivy Bridge upgrade available in the 700T. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Surface Pro shows us a different vision of the convertible."

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February 18, 2013 | 04:56 PM - Posted by Dennis Halling (not verified)

A much better comparison for the Surface Pro would be the Samsung Activ Smart PC 700. It has a 1080P screen and uses an I5 processor. Also the 700 comes with the pen at least in the US.

February 28, 2013 | 01:41 PM - Posted by Paul L. Dale (not verified)

The title to this review is terribly incorrect. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC 500T is not a direct competitor to the Microsoft Surfsce Pro. Not by any streatch. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T is. The Microsoft Surface Pro uses the Intel i5 processor, 4GB of RAM while the Samsung Ativ Smart PC 500T used the Intel Atom and 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T, like the Microsoft Surface Pro does use the Intel i5 processor and has 4GB of RAM. If you are going to campare, try comparing like products.

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