Samsung ATIV Smart PC Review
Posted 19/05/2014 by BrightHouse Team
One of the latest notebooks available at BrightHouse is the Samsung 11.6” ATIV Smart PC, a device that doubles as a portable tablet and a handy notebook. We’re going to take a look and see what it can do.
What can it do?
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC uses Windows 8 as its operating system, which is a good choice for a something that can work as both a notebook and a tablet. The normal desktop of Windows 8 will be familiar to anyone who’s used a PC in the last few years, but this latest Windows is also designed to make the most of a touchscreen tablet setup. It features all the usability you’d expect from a tablet, with intuitive touch controls and well-designed apps. The Windows 8 homescreen uses colourful tiles so you can easily see your apps and select what you need. And because it’s the full Windows system you can do all the functions of a normal PC, like browsing the web, word-processing, watching films, storing photos and much more.
The Samsung ATIV features a dual core Intel® ATOM processor for a responsive experience when running apps and browsing the web. It might not be the fastest processor out there, but it certainly does the job for this type of device.
The processor is also geared towards supporting a lengthy battery life, which the Samsung ATIV certainly has. The notebook will basically last a whole working day on battery, making it very portable.
The display is 11.6 inches with a resolution of 1366 x 768, making it crisp and clear - great for watching HD films and browsing photos. The display is responsive and accurate, as well as being multi-touch, but it also includes a clever device called the S-Pen. This stylus can be used to write directly on the screen, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note, so you can write or draw digitally with amazing accuracy. The pen also snaps safely into the back of the tablet, so there’s much less chance of losing it!
There’s a 2 megapixel camera on the front of the screen, and an 8 megapixel camera on the back with built-in flash. The front-facing webcam means you can use video-calling to keep in touch with friends and family over services such as Skype.
Notebook and tablet
The biggest feature of this device is that the screen can be detached from the keyboard, making it usable as a portable tablet. The clamshell part of the notebook offers a full-size keyboard with a trackpad, so you can use it as a normal laptop when you need it.
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC is great as a versatile notebook for the home, able to perform both as a tablet computer and a traditional laptop.
It’s not especially powerful for doing more complicated functions, but it’s enough for browsing the web and your favourite social networks, as well as enjoying all the great Windows 8 apps available.
The battery life is fantastic, and will allow you to use the notebook for a normal working day without losing power.
The S-Pen is a clever and useful feature which adds yet more usability to the device, so you can draw and write digitally.
All in all, this is a great device for a family thanks to its versatile and portable nature.
You can find the Samsung ATIV Smart PC on the BrightHouse website here: Samsung 11.6" ATIV Smart PC