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Samsung embraces Windows 8 with new device

Sim Ahmed | Nov. 27, 2012
When Microsoft's Windows 8 launched in late October, manufacturers released a plethora of devices to take advantage of the touch-inspired OS.

I have no qualms admitting that I don't enjoy Windows 8 on desktops or laptops. With a mouse and keyboard the horizontal tiled layout feels restrictive. However, when it comes to touch interfaces, tablets in particular, Windows 8 is the clear front runner with its minimal UI. It takes a while to get used to, but once you do, you wonder why Apple and Google haven't got around to doing the same. If the app ecosystem was stronger my next device would be a Windows 8.

Samsung pre-installs some apps on the Smart PC, but thankfully it's mostly been untouched by bloatware. One of the Samsung apps is the S Note app, similar to the one on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which lets users draw notes on the device using the stylus.

A trial version of Microsoft Office also comes pre-loaded, and the Smart PC's keyboard means this productivity app is not excruciating to use, unlike the usual experience with touch-only keyboards.

Battery

Samsung says the Smart PC offers 14 hours of battery life, or 10 hours while playing video. This definitely wasn't the case for my review device.

A full night's charge would usually keep the Smart PC going for around eight hours, which is still fantastic for a device I'm treating as my personal computer.

The Smart PC doesn't have separate battery inside the keyboard - which is a shame as this is a killer feature for devices like the Asus Transformer Prime.

4 Stars

SPECS

Dimensions: 304 x 189.4 x 19.9 mm

Weight: Tablet 744 g , Tablet + Keyboard 1.45 kg

Display: 11.6 inch LCD, 1366 x 768 pixels

Processor: Intel Atom with 2 GB RAM

OS: Windows 8

RRP: $1299

 

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