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Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T review

Ardjuna Seghers



Our Score


User Score


  • Most powerful Windows 7 tablet
  • Beautiful PLS screen
  • Thin and light
  • Wacom pen, Media dock
  • Wireless Bluetooth keyboard


  • Build quality issues
  • No carrying case/pen storage
  • Awkward aspect ratio
  • Windows 7 not designed for touch
  • No USB 3, 128GB SSD or 3G option

Review Price £999.00

Key Features: 11.6in, 1366 x 768, glossy PLS screen; Core i5-2467M, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD; USB 2, MicroSD, Micro HDMI (+HDMI, USB 2, Ethernet via dock); Wacom digitizer and stylus; Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, Media dock

Manufacturer: Samsung

When we previewed the Samsung Series 7 Slate back in August, it seemed like the best Windows 7 tablet on the market by a very long shot. Considering what is included inside, it is incredibly slim at a mere 12.5mm thick and weighs a relatively light 860g - all while packing a powerful Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor backed by 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD between its beautiful 11.6in PLS screen and brushed metal back.

Icing on the cake are a pressure sensitive Wacom stylus for writing and drawing; an ergonomic, metal wireless Bluetooth keyboard; and media dock offering full-size HDMI, USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet (it’s worth noting that these are included by default only on European models, whereas in the US the keyboard and dock are bought separately).

So here we have a full PC experience in a tablet (hence why it can’t fairly be compared to your typical Android or iOS tablet), and one that’s significantly lighter, slimmer, better-looking and more powerful than the Asus EP121, which is currently its only real rival. So does it live up to our expectations? Well, in many ways yes, but it’s not without its share of disappointments. Read on to find out if it’s the tablet for you.

First let’s talk looks. Here it truly is the best of an admittedly small (Windows) bunch, but what stands out most is its sleekness – a remarkable achievement given that, unlike many Windows tablets that have Atom processors at their heart, the 700T sports a full-fat mobile Core i5 CPU.

The combination of its seamless glass front, bezel’s glossy black plastic and the gunmetal brushed magnesium rear looks very enticing, despite being a veritable fingerprint magnet (a failing many tablets share to various extents). Connectivity, cooling vents and the twin HD webcams are also nicely integrated. The accessories are all styled to match, and even the included pen manages to look classier than most manufacturers’ takes on Wacom mobile styli.

However, unlike Samsung’s superbly-crafted Series 9, the 700T has a few build quality issues. The metal back has been kept very thin to keep thickness and weight down, and it tells, with noticeable creak when pressing on the tablet’s edges.

Worst of all, on our sample model the back separated from the glass front enough to be able to just see the components through the gap – and this was minutes after taking it out of the box! While pushing the two back together resolved the issue, this is not something you want to see on a £1,000 tablet, and it’s no isolated incident as there have been owners on the web with similar problems. We’re surprised this design flaw got through Samsung’s quality control and if it’s the price for the Slate’s thinness, we would have preferred a little more fat.

Unfortunately, there are also a few practical failings with Samsung’s Windows tablet. First, the metal back is quite slippery compared to, for example, the textured plastic of the Asus EP121. Then there’s the lack of a pen compartment or any kind of carrying case for the stylus. We understand that Samsung didn’t want to sacrifice thinness to build a compartment in, but at least it could have included a carrying case or even a little cloth loop, as can be found on the Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet.

While we’re on the topic of cases, we really miss a carrying case. Surely one that doubles as a stand (preferably with room for storing the pen and maybe the other bits too) would have been a good inclusion by default, rather than making it a separately sold accessory?

Our last gripe concerns the screen’s 16:9 aspect ratio. Though the standard on laptops, all other tablets we’ve seen provide 16:10 displays, which is already stretching the limits of the ideal ‘thin to wide ratio’ for a device you need to control with your hands. As a result, the 700T feels just a bit awkward in portrait mode, though you do get used to it after a while.

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Ala Miah

September 1, 2011, 9:24 pm

Everything aside this is genuinely the first tablet/slate that I want. I wanted something I can replace my laptop with and this is close to being it! It will 'hopefully' in the future be able to run windows 8 which would be great!

999 is a lot of money though so will need to sell my current laptop in order to fund it but hopefully it will be worth it.


September 1, 2011, 9:35 pm

It looks like a great piece of hardware, but I think Windows 7 will still hold it back. With Windows 8 installed, and if it lives up to the touch-friendly promise, this could do very well.


September 2, 2011, 2:48 am

Beside the price, which is pretty high, 700t has one more big problem that could hold back many of the potential buyers. To me it looked like perfect companion for photography runs, but it's lack of full sized SD slot really diged into my enthusiasm.


September 2, 2011, 4:43 pm

granted it's another thing to carry with you, but what about a tiny USB SD card reader? e.g. this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/veho-vsd-001-sd-card-reader-all-sd-inc-hdsc-mmc-and-rs-mmc-memory-usb-20


September 15, 2011, 5:17 pm

@Ala Miah:
Likewise. And it can run Windows 8 very well indeed :D

Yes, it is rather a shame. The 7 Slate could really have done with a docking base/keyboard with an extra battery and connectivity thrown in, a la the Eee Pad Transformer. Then it would have been THE ULTIMATE Windows Tablet EVER :D

Another alternative to @ChaosDefinesOrder's good solution is to use a micro-SD card with full-size adapter in your camera... not ideal by any means, but it will work.

evan fotis

November 8, 2011, 10:13 pm

If the Asus was almost as thin as this one it would certainly be the more complete solution, not only due to all things mentioned already like ports, keyboard etc. but just from the screen size. The EP121 is not only 1" larger but also 16:10 thus making a difference. Basically the 700T screen is like a stretched ipad as can be seen in this size comparison:
From left to right, Asus Transformer, Apple Ipad, Samsung 700T, Asus EP121.

For the reviewers:
Which of the two had the better display (viewing angles, contrast, color rendition)
and less reflective one?

And just to reiterate: Was using he pen a clearly better experience on the 700T, with improved responsiveness and accuracy than on the Ep121?


November 9, 2011, 1:54 pm

Me want one


November 9, 2011, 3:07 pm

As I mention in the review, the main reasons to choose the Samsung over the EP121 are its faster, more efficient CPU/GPU, combined with its longer battery life. I also mention the screen aspect ratio difference.

As to your questions, not having both devices to hand I would say the displays are roughly comparable in quality, though from what I can remember the Asus takes the lead not only due to its aspect ratio but also with slightly 'blacker' blacks.

Using the pen was a better experience on the Samsung because the glass layer covering the screen is 'softer' than the Gorilla Glass on the Asus. Responsiveness was only better in situations where the EP121's CPU was failing to keep up with Photoshop et al.

Hope that helps :)

Arctic Fox

November 9, 2011, 4:07 pm

Given that we are talking Intel architecture (even though it is the latest iteration of this class of cpu) I have to say that Sammy has done a good job with this slate as far as battery life goes. I would be very interested in seeing what effect installing Win8 (the RC, when everything is pretty much fully tweaked) has on this aspect. It would give us a very clear idea what that os is bringing to the table as far as its "power footprint" is concerned on an x86 setup.


December 8, 2011, 10:15 am

I was also reading other reviews about the Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T I think it is the best Windows 7 tablet so far but I have one disappiontment on this tablet is that from other review the 3DMark06 is 1642 but the Apple MacBook Air scored 4251. Both machines are using the same CPU and GPU, could someone explain it to me why there is a huge difference in the Graph performance? Thank you very much in advance!


December 9, 2011, 1:57 am

I signed up just want to complain about the same problem mentioned in the review - low building quality. The following happens exactly to me and it's really annoying. "Worst of all, on our sample model the back separated from the glass front enough to be able to just see the components through the gap" I have sent it to Fort Worth, TX for repair last week as I thought it would be a isolated incident. But now I know I was wrong! Due to shortage of part, they promise to exchange a new unit to me. But what if it happens again?? Except for the quality issue, I reckon it is the best windows-based tablet so far in the market. Fei


January 6, 2012, 2:20 am

This is the third review site I have visited that knocks on the 16:9 screen ratio. Personally, for reviewing letter size documents, I prefer 4:3 even over 16:10 - BUT THAT IS IRRELEVANT because Microsoft has mandated this aspect ratio as the minimum for getting the full Win 8 experience (particularly the two resizable windows on a tablet). In effect, Samsung had no choice and neither will forthcoming vendors.


October 3, 2013, 7:05 am

Sorry to sound ignorant but is the keyboard built in or is it separate from the tablet

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