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Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro – Usability, Touch, Stylus, Specs, Price

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers


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Review Price £999.00

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro Usability

The dock offers a very comfortable chiclet keyboard, and though it’s not backlit, we prefer a good typing experience to fancy lighting. The large touchpad is likewise pleasant to use and fully supports Windows 8 multi-touch gestures. However, you never need to use it as the Ativ Smart PC Pro gives you both touch and stylus interaction.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro S-Pen Stylus

Thankfully, unlike the Asus Taichi, Samsung has stuck with a Wacom stylus for its premium Windows 8 hybrid. In fact, the Ativ Smart PC Pro uses the very same S Pen model also found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

The main advantage of this dinky stylus is that it slots neatly into the Ativ tablet when not in use, an advantage Samsung offers over similar stylus-equipped convertible laptops from many competitors. Naturally, you can use any Wacom digitizer pen with the tablet, such as larger models with an eraser on top.

The Wacom tech in the Samsung S Pen means it can recognise 1,024 pressure levels. What Samsung brings to the party is its custom S Pen software and OS-wide extra features, which is a great value-add and gives you a few more options than rivals do with ‘vanilla’ Windows 8.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro Screen

The Smart PC Pro gives you a rather lovely 1080p (Full HD) PLS screen with the excellent viewing angles and relatively good colour accuracy we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s panel technology. Brightness is also a nice 400nits which is great for sunny viewing. Naturally the almost Retina-like resolution ensures excellent sharpness.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro Specs

Like its Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T predecessor, the Smart PC Pro 700T1C will come with a Intel Core i5 processor in the UK, though this time around it is of course a third-generation Ivy Bridge chip with integrated HD 4000 graphics.

It’s backed by 4GB of RAM with a 64GB SSD for storage, which seems a bit stingy. Rival Windows 8 Core-i tablets are offering up to 256GB after all. At least we can confirm the SSD is Samsung’s own make, where earlier products like the Samsung Series 9 900X3B used (arguably) inferior third-party drives.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro Price and Configurations

Samsung will be bringing three editions of the Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T1C to the UK.

The regular Wi-Fi-only, Windows 8 consumer model will cost £999 and comes with the keyboard dock as standard. The basic Wi-Fi-only business model with Windows 8 Pro will also set you back £999, while the all-singing Win 8 Pro 3G model drops the keyboard but will cost you £1,049. The business version also come with a class-leading five year warranty as standard.

Final Thoughts

Samsung’s Ativ Smart PC Pro leaves us with mixed feelings, though the overall impression is positive. It’s a powerful convertible tablet with a gorgeous screen, generous connectivity, optional 4G, a slim keyboard cover option to match Microsoft’s Surface, and the ever-fabulous, pressure-sensitive Wacom S Pen which slots into its body. On the other hand, it’s a bit on the heavy and plasticky side, and 64GB of storage seems somewhat stingy on such a premium tablet. Still, we’ll be sure to let you know our final verdict in the full review.

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October 27, 2012, 12:15 pm

Is there any info on the supposed upcoming 4mm Surface-like keyboard cover? I haven't seen any coverage anywhere else or official info/hint about such a thing.


October 29, 2012, 8:16 pm

I have the Smart PC (non-Pro) Tablet without the Keyboard. Do you know if it's the same keyboard for the 500T?


October 31, 2012, 3:57 pm

No info aside from it's coming and should be available near launch. This has been confirmed to me by a reliable source. [edit] Of course, being on the roadmap doesn't mean it will make it...


October 31, 2012, 3:58 pm

No it's a different keyboard dock which won't fit your tab. Cheers.


November 4, 2012, 1:45 pm

oooooh yes.... i was almost frustrated, i couldnt find a powerful win8 with 3g/4g connectivity, out of no choice, i was gonna end up with acer w510... i'd prefer asus taichi or sony vaio duo with a slider keyboard, but they both dont come with a simcard slot, but this will do...


November 5, 2012, 10:09 pm

Is there any info on the i7 version release or a 256gb Hard drive?


November 8, 2012, 10:00 pm

in samsung's global site, the ativ pro has an i5/pdc/celeron processor. what does it mean ? or what is "celeron" doing there ?

Ioannis Nikou

December 30, 2012, 1:55 pm

"The business version also come with a class-leading five year warranty as standard."
Could you please shed some light on that matter?
I have just ordered from big online FR shop the "rich" model, and i would like to know if the 5-year warranty statement that you made is accurate.
Thank you.

Eric Pellegrini

December 31, 2012, 6:20 am

Could you name one rival 8-core i-something tablet with a 256GB SSD?


January 15, 2013, 3:02 pm

Nope unfortunately it's not looking like we'll see either for now...


January 15, 2013, 3:05 pm

Yes that statement is accurate, with the business version referring to the Win 8 Pro model. In fact, if you buy the ATIV Pro from a retailer like Misco (to name but one), you'll automatically get a 5-year warranty on all models.


January 15, 2013, 3:07 pm

Sorry for the late replies all, hand't checked this preview in a wee while.

not an 8-core, no, but one example of a high-end Windows 8 convertible that comes with up to a Core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD would be the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. [http://www.trustedreviews.com/...]


January 15, 2013, 3:08 pm

No idea, but none of the UK versions come with Celeron.


January 15, 2013, 3:10 pm

Don't forget that the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix [http://www.trustedreviews.com/...] also fits your needs...
I'd wait for our shoot-out before deciding :)


February 4, 2013, 2:52 am

I got the new one that just came out here in South Korea, with i5 and 256GB
This article said that a surface like keyboard cover is coming out, but when? They dont have anything like that even on Samsung's Korean homepage or at the samsung stores in Seoul. I totally want to buy one, but sounds like wishful thinking to me!


February 13, 2013, 3:00 pm

I originally had the 700T1C-A04 (sim slot version) but i feel there is a design flaw in that if your sim card has got the pin lock enabled, even when the Ativ is put into sleep mode the sim is locked and so has to be unlocked before you can use mobile broadband, I now have from Ballicom the 700T1C-A05 (no sim slot) but 128GB ssd and i am using an external MiFI unit for mobile broadband.

jroam san1

March 5, 2013, 1:33 am

I wonder if this device can use while charging?? Just like an ordinary laptops that you only remove battery then connect to power supply then that's it!, it can use for long time.


March 16, 2013, 10:32 am

there's no tablet laptop with cd support?

General Technics

September 27, 2013, 5:21 pm

This is a real shame, as the powerful Pro tablet inevitably already offers shorter battery life than its Atom sibling.

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