Member Reviews: Samsung Smart PC XE500T

Whenever we can, usually in the weekend, we showcase a tech hardware related review submitted by a member in our forums. Remember that we consider all reviews that are submitted here. So if you've recently bought a new gadget and you're impressed, or even disappointed by it, let the community know by submitting a review about it; your review might make the front page next week! The more complex the review is, the more likely it will be selected.

This week we have a very detailed review submitted by Osiris, be sure to check it out!

Background

For the last decade I have had an ongoing, on and off again, love hate relationship with Windows based tablets. Some of these tablets have included and spanned hefty Windows XP tablets, tiny Vista based tablets right through to modern more effective Windows 7 tablets. Despite these varieties and many more shapes and sizes, typically over this time the same limits have persistently dogged these tablets; poor battery life, heavy weight, poor performance and high niche pricing. In many instances the latter two were forgivable; however trying to use a tablet for day to day, study or business purposes with the first two deficiencies makes it an uphill - and often - inconvenient battle.

With the advent of Windows 8 another era of hope and optimism dawns over the Windows tablet landscape. Promises of light devices providing all day battery, choices of performance at all levels and a true windows experience in a mobile platform abound. I am familiar with these promises from almost every generation of Windows tablets since their inception, the question is could this year finally be the year it all comes true?

The short answer is Yes…but we are still in an era of compromise, this goes for all tablets.

Keep that in mind as I will speak more about that at the end although without further delay lets get into looking at our first Atom clover trail based Windows 8 tablet, the Samsung Smart PC.

Read the full review in our forums ->

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hmmm that is odd..very odd ..the XE500T here in Canada does not have the Wacom digitizer or stylus but charges the same price as the American version....

I saw the XE500T here in Calgary and had my Asus Vivo with me and put it side by side with the XE500T and noticed the font on this was too fuzzy, at 11.6 inches and still 1366 x 768 resolution, not good...... just as I was about to walk away with dissatisfaction of the XE500T ...My wife noticed that there was a tag for the XE700T (SMart PC Pro) but no demo out.. so I asked the salesperson and they had them available..I picked the XE700T up instead and am looking for a buyer for my Asus Vivo... the XE700T has 128 gigs od storage , 1920 X 1080 resolution , full Windows 8 (64 bit ) an i5 and not bad battery life..I can go almost six hours on a charge... it is kinda price at $1149 before taxes but it is well worth it... They did not have the keyboard dock in stock yet and one I get that, this will be a real awesome system..

Oh and by the way , Windows RT really blows for apps available , the limited functionality and I noticed that is laggier than full Windows 8.. I am more than willing to give up battery life for a full Win 8 tablet and power ..

You don't need to spam on every single windows tablet article. We got it the first time.

FYI, vivotab non-RT has an Atom and runs full windows 8, same as XE500T1C (Ativ smart pc).

This is the kind of tablet I'm interested in; Windows 8, excellent battery life, keyboard dock, stylus, etc.
I have a desktop for my serious work so an Atom tablet will do, and I won't need to buy a laptop.

I cannot decide between this and asus vivotab. The latter's dock contains a 25 Wh battery on top of the internal 30 Wh.

eddman said,
This is the kind of tablet I'm interested in; Windows 8, excellent battery life, keyboard dock, stylus, etc.
I have a desktop for my serious work so an Atom tablet will do, and I won't need to buy a laptop.

I cannot decide between this and asus vivotab. The latter's dock contains a 25 Wh battery on top of the internal 30 Wh.

Me too. But vivotab is just too damn expensive. 800 for the tablet alone? Damn.. You can bet a decent ultrabook for that. Or a powerful desktop.