- 10-27-2012, 05:33 PM #1
Someone on xda has got his hands on a Samsung x86 Ativ Atom tablet and gives his impressions. Seems to be happy with Photoshop and 1080p playback under the right circumstances. Doesn't look too shabby.
Samsung Series 5 Hybrid (Ativ Smart PC) W8 tablet - Quick Review for Note 10.1 owners - xda-developers
- 10-27-2012, 05:44 PM #2
Just spend a bit over a hour trying to find videos or something to get some kind of picture will atom be enough for my use.
Looking quite good reading that text. Would certainly give me much more moving space for my Windows 8 hybrid.
What i have been reading about these W8 atom tablet and hybrids, the battery life seems to be truly amazing, like beyond iPad amazing. Something that's a bit surprising.
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- 10-27-2012, 05:52 PM #3
- 10-27-2012, 05:59 PM #4
So i rather get cheaper RT or Atom Windows 8 tablet at this point and by end of next year get back to those core tablets.
- 10-27-2012, 09:24 PM #5
So I've decided to go with an Atom powered tablet. It doesn't cost too much more compared to the RT tablets (actually some of the RT tablets cost quite a lot) and it'll still have pretty decent battery life. Then when the next gen chips come out, I can sell or give away my old tablet to family or something, and reevaluate Atom vs Haswell.
Now the only question is: Which Atom powered tablet should I get?
- 10-27-2012, 10:40 PM #8
This launch is a bit confusing. It seems like half of the Windows 8 tablets, hybrids, and convertibles are "coming soon."
Furthmore, I'm having trouble finding real reviews. The "reviews" I see are just previews.
The Ativ SmartPC seems like an option, but I'm also looking at the Vivo Tab (non RT version of course), HP Envy X2, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, the Dell Latitude 10, and the HP Elitepad.
Probably the biggest factor for me is price, since this is sort of a stopgap for me until sometime next year. I've also got to factor in the cost of a dock/keyboard because I don't want it sitting flat on my desk when I'm using it in class.
One of the possible problems I heard of in some of the previews is that the tablet portion is too heavy compared to the keyboard dock, so it likes to fall back. I can't have my $600+ tablet falling backwards onto the floor, but with no real reviews, I'm not really sure which models suffer from this problem.
- 10-27-2012, 11:19 PM #9
Samsung Series 5 Slate Tablet PC | Staples. So far it seems to be the only Atom tablet available to purchase, I presume the others will follow soon if they don't want Samsung to get all the early sales. Guess that's also why there are no reviews yet.
Im also following this thread I just picked up ATIV SMart PC (500T) from Staples for review purposes. which will probably test the device pretty thoroughly. Between the two we should get a pretty good idea of the Atom's performance. No one has commented on the balance yet, I'll post a question on that.
- 10-27-2012, 11:39 PM #10
So the original price for it is $649 w/o keyboard, and $749 w/keyboard.
So if you buy them separately at Staples it'll be $600 for the tablet, and $130 for the keyboard, so $20 cheaper than what it should be.
Thanks for the link. I guess I'll follow along too.
- 10-27-2012, 11:52 PM #11
I'm looking at buying HP Envy X2. Love the looks, 400 nits screen, all aluminium build, memory card on tablet and the keyboard.
Only problem is that does it really have wacom inside. Mixed info about that.
Would certainly jump for Ativ SmartPC if it was available that cheap here. 899 euros is the suggested price by Samsung (keyboard included), same as HP Envy X2.
- 10-27-2012, 11:59 PM #12
- 10-28-2012, 12:02 PM #13
HP hasn't shown the stylus in use ever. Neither have i seen official specification list where wacom is even mentioned. Yet there are some blogs who say that some HP representative had said there's support for it.
To me that will be the deal breaker. Really hope it does have it because i'm really liking that hybrid in every other way.
- 10-28-2012, 03:05 PM #15
I got one !! Called around and one Staples had it, drove down and snatched it. No keyboards in stock so I'll try to get one next week.
Quick impressions, sick! It's wider than my ipad, but just as thin, a touch heavier. Build quality is extremely firm, it's plastic but it feels very very sturdy. Starting it up and will post back later some kind of review.
10-28-2012, 04:36 PM #18
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Just came from staples and I was very impressed with this. Feels lighter than my Surface, but having a full Windows 8 tablet for 599 is very temping. The stylus is very well hidden and while running most of the software, I never had any smoothness issues. Everything ran nice.
- 10-28-2012, 06:43 PM #19
Im waiting for the release of the Thinkpad Tablet 2. Seems like the lightest, most portable of the Atom Processors that runs full Win 8. Plus digitzier, optional pen, Bluetooth Lenovo keyboard/stand. Just hope the screen is nice!
- 10-28-2012, 07:48 PM #20
Yeah I'm seriously considering returning my surface for this as well.. Well.. maybe not this particular one.. if I were to get an atom tab I'd need bigger than 64gb since the x86 programs I'd want to install would take up more space than what would be available. Still though.. just knowing these will be out there makes me want to return the surface and wait a bit.
- 10-28-2012, 11:06 PM #22
- 10-29-2012, 08:01 AM #24
Been playing with my Ativ for a day now, it works great under "ipad" like conditions like web browsing and things like that. There is quite a bit of lag when doing something intensive, especially downloading stuff, pulling up big files, installing programs, etc. It's not a huge deal, but it's noticeable. Also the Ativ freezes and requires rebooting a lot, I believe it's been happening in Metro IE10 but I only started paying attention the last couple of times, it's frozen like this probably 4-5 times since I first started using it. Thankfully the reboots are very fast, easily under 30 seconds for a completely cold reboot.
Office was a bust. It has a trial of Office 10, but WTF a 2 year old program? They should have included Office 365 trial, if not a free copy IMO. Worse yet, I installed Office 365, opening word I had an image in my document, program kept freezing when I clicked on the image to manipulate it and I just gave up and force quit. Powerpoint crashed right when opening it, I didn't play with office much past that.
I'm still not sold on the Atom CPU, but I also don't want 3 hour battery life with the ivy bridge, I've just gotten to used to having all day battery life with my ipad and will never go back to laptop battery times. In all honesty do I really need to do anything super intensive on a 11.6" screen ?!?! As for form factor, it's not as easy to carry around as an ipad, but once you get down to work the size of it is pretty awesome.
I'm going to put in more intensive stuff today, PS elements, play with Office a bit more, etc.