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Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro review

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro - The Ultra Tablet

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Launch SRP S$2199

Overall rating 8.5/10
Design:
7.5
Features:
9
Performance:
8.5
Value:
7.5
Mobility:
9
THE GOOD
Bright full HD display
Excellent battery life
Keyboard dock with comfortable chiclet keys
Samsung S-Pen Stylus with Wacom technology
THE BAD
Mostly plastic build
Clickpad's usability is below expectations
Heavy keyboard dock doesn't integrate battery
Clamshell form factor is heavy and bulky
Expensive


Performance and Benchmarking

Performance and Benchmarking

As far as hybrid PCs go, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro could very well be the most powerful hybrid PC in the Singapore market at the time of testing this product. The only comparable one would be the Microsoft Surface Pro, which isn’t available locally. In terms of specifications, the ATIV PC Pro is decked out well enough to compete with any other Ultrabook of its class.

It has an Intel consumer-ultra-low-voltage (CULV) Ivy Bridge processor, and an SSD, both of which are found on premium Ultrabooks. To provide a gauge of its performance, we’ve also gotten results from some of the best Windows 8 Ultrabooks out in the market right now. Besides the ATIV PC Pro, only the Acer Aspire S7 is not a convertible or hybrid Ultrabook.

Test Notebooks Compared
Specifications/
Notebook
Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro Toshiba Satellite U920t Sony Vaio Duo 11 Dell XPS 12

Acer Aspire S7

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga
Processor Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Chipset Intel HM77 Intel HM77 Intel HM76 Intel QS77 Intel UM77 Intel QS77
Memory 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3  4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3
Storage 128GB SSD 128GB SSD 128GB SSD 128GB SSD 128GB SSD 128GB SSD
Video Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000
Battery 49WHr 37.7WHr 36WHr 47WHr 35WHr 54.7WHr
Dimensions 304 x 189.4 x 11.89 / 22.34mm (w/dock) 326.5 x 213 x 19.9mm 319.9 x 17.85 x 199 mm 317 x 214 x 8-20mm 323 x 224 x 11.9mm 3329 x 223 x 16mm
Weight 0.89kg / 1.6kg w/dock 1.45kg 1.305kg 1.54kg 1.3kg 1.46kg


 

PCMark 7

PC Mark 7 is a benchmark that tests all aspects of a machine. It stresses vital components like the CPU, GPU and storage to give a score depending on how the machine performs collectively. From the chart, you can see that there's a difference in scores between the Samsung ATIV Pro and other machines. It’s about 15% behind most of the other machines that score around the 4500 mark. It seems that the SSD within the Samsung machine isn't quite in the same ballpark as the other machines, thus pulling down the scores across the board.

Thankfully in actual usage, most users wouldn’t be able to discern the difference in performance between the tested machines unless of course you literally hold out a stop watch to time some tasks.

 

 

3DMark 11 and Far Cry 2

Both 3DMark 11 and Far Cry 2 are popular GPU benchmarking tools and we use them to asses the notebook/tablet's 3D rendering capabilities. Unfortunately, results mirror that of its less than flattering PC Mark 7 showing. Even for Far Cry 2, a relatively old PC game used to extract frame rates, its test outcome is about 10 to 15% worse than the expected norm.

In actual usage however, the performance differences between the ATIV Pro and other notebooks are quite insignificant, because Ultrabooks aren't meant for gaming and it shows from the results below. However, do take note that while the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro isn’t able to handle intensive games, its GPU is more than sufficient to tackle the daily grind of rendering operating system animations, rendering websites and basic photo editing without any problems whatsoever. The discrepancy is only pronounced when peering under the microscope such as these benchmarking tools.