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A Different Windows Tablet
the 11.6-inch Samsung Series 7 Slate PC offers Core i5 power, a touch-friendly
interface, and useful accessories.
The Samsung Series 7 Slate PC seeks to combine
the portability of a tablet with the power of a laptop,
hitting the sweet spot for business users who are
constantly on the go. Equipped with a Core i5
processor and a 128GB solid state drive, this 11.6 -
inch device sports a touch-friendly interface and
Fast Start Technology. Our review model costs an
expensive $1,349, but it includes a dock, wireless
keyboard, and pen to boost your productivity.
Weighing 1.8 pounds and measuring 11.6 x
7.2 x 0.5 inches, the Samsung Series 7 Slate is
relatively heavy and thick for a tablet. It features
a large 11.6 -inch 1366 x 768 HD LED backlit
display with Samsung SuperBright Plus Technology.
The panel delivered rich royal blues, fuchsias,
and mustards in Big Sean’s “Marvin Gaye and
Navigating the Series 7 Slate’s large capaci-
tive touch screen display was smooth and mostly
accurate, even when we were selecting tiny icons
in the Windows taskbar. We noticed a bit of lag
when executing multitouch gestures
such as pinch-to-zoom and two-finger
rotation. Switching perspectives from
portrait to landscape took even longer:
about 3 seconds.
The active Wacom stylus made for
a mostly error-free writing experience.
Whether we were in Paint or Windows
Journal, the pen was able to translate our
scribbles into the correct word or phrase
approximately 80 percent of the time.
When it was time to start entering a
large amount of data (such as when we
typed this review), we switched to the
Bluetooth keyboard. The flat black matte
keys are nice and large with plenty of
space between them, but the keys
were somewhat mushy.
What makes the Series 7 Slate
different from other Windows 7 tablets is the
Samsung Touch Launcher. This slick interface
features large touch-optimized app icons that
appear in a 5 x 4 grid. We like that you can launch
this UI using the Windows button on the bottom
bezel. When opened, a status bar runs along the
left side showing battery life, a To-Do List app, a
clock, and the current weather.
The Series 7 Slate’s 1.6 -GHz Intel Core i5
2467M CPU with 4GB of RAM posted a blazing
5,676 on PCMark Vantage, which measures overall
performance. That’s 647 points higher than the
ultraportable category average.
Samsung’s FastStart technology ensured that
the Series 7 Slate was also quick on the draw,
booting into Windows 7 Home Premium in 29
seconds, and waking from sleep in approximately
2 to 3 seconds.
During our testing, we noticed that the fan
on the Series 7 Slate became quite loud, which
When we tried to run through a few quests on
World of Warcraft on Good at 1366 x 768p,
we got an unplayable frame rate of 13 fps,
far below the 39 fps category average.
One knock on tablets running
Windows has been their poor battery
life. The Series 7 Slate bucksthat trend,
lasting 5 hours and 49 minutes on
the LAPTOP Battery Test, which is
decent but well behind the 6:42
Android and iOS
tablets get most of the
attention these days, but
there’s still a market for Windows-based slates.
The $1,349 Samsung Series 7 Slate PC is cer-
tainly worth a look for business users. Its Core i5
processor has more than enough power to take
care of your productivity needs, and Samsung’s
touch-friendly interface and responsive capacitive
screen making using Windows 7 less of a pain
than other Windows tablets we’ve tested. However,
this costly device has a large and heavy design,
the fan is noisy, and lag still creeps in here and
there. Most users will want to wait for the debut
of Windows 8, which was designed for tablets.
In the meantime, the Series 7 Slate PC is a good,
but not great, choice for mobile professionals.
— Sherri L. Smith
CPU: 1.6 -GHz Intel Core i5 2467M Operating
System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
RaM/expandable to: 4GB/4GB Hard Drive
Size/Speed: 128GB/SSD Optical Drive:
None Display Size/Resolution: 11.6 inch-
es/1366 x 768 Graphics/Video Memory: Intel
HD Graphics 3000/256MB shared Wireless:
802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 Ports: Two USB
2.0, HDMI, microHDMI, Ethernet, headphone,
mic Card Slots: microSDSize: 11.6 x 7.2 x 0.5
inches Weight: 1.8 pounds Warranty/Support:
One-year limited/24/7 toll-free phone
Good pen support
Larger and heavier than most tablets
Noticeable lag when rotating display
Below-average battery life
Fan can be noisy
Our configuration of the Slate 7 PC came with a dock, Bluetooth
keyboard, and active stylus.
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