Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T review: a full-fledged Windows 7 tablet

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    Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T is a brilliant Windows 7 tablet with a large 11.6-inch display. The tablet with its Windows-8 style optional interface works quite smoothly once hooked up with a full-size keyboard and trackpad. Among a huge number of Android and iOS tablets, the Windows 7-based Samsung tablet is sort of a novel product available in stores. The Series 7 Slate 700T is powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU and many other first-class specs and features.

    Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T tech specs
    Form factor: The Series 7 Slate features a typical Samsung style in form factor. The gadget, sporting a big 11.6-inch display, is so large that you won’t be able to fit it in your pocket or hands. Quite obviously, the Slate 700T is relatively light with 890 grams weight. Even being a regular electronic slate in form, you can turn the tablet into a small desktop with a keyboard and mouse or into a superb notebook with a keyboard dock.

    Display screen: The Samsung tablet packs an 11.6-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and 400 nits of brightness. The bundled Wacom digitizer will immensely help users navigate on the device’s large display. It is a time customers are showing increased interest towards digitizers.

    Processor: Similar to a full-fledged laptop, the Series 7 Slate 700T runs on an Intel Core i5 2467M CPU that clocks at the speed of 1.6GHz. The device draws its graphical power from an Intel HD Graphics 3000. 4GB of DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz helps the tablet remain a powerful gadget for the daily use of people including enterprise customers.

    Operating System: The 64-bit version of the Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium plays on the Samsung tablet. Thanks to Windows 7, all famous Windows apps like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and other with work smoothly on the device.

    Storage: The tablet features 64GB and 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for data storage.

    Connectivity: Connectivity options of the Series 7 Slate include Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230, a pair of 802.11abg/n (up to 300Mbps), Wi-Di Support, Bluetooth 3.0 and one USB port.

    Camera: A 2-megapixel Webcam is there on the front panel for video calls. Samsung hasn’t added a rear camera, which is actually pointless on a bulky 11.6-inch tablet.

    What makes its great?
    To count, a Windows 7, a second generation Intel Core i5 processor, better RAM, enhanced storage options and a neat design are the major plus points of the tablet. The Series 7 Slate 700T further features a Wacom digitizer that consumers can use to type texts and draw graphics quickly. You can convert the tablet to a desktop PC using Samsung’s docking station.

    What makes it not so great?
    Unless you use the docking station, there are no more I/O ports for you. It means you will have to buy the separately-sold keyboard dock to use the tablet properly. The device only features a single USB port. As well, there is no space to tuck the digitizer on the tablet. Onscreen typing is fastidious and headache-causing.

    What others say?
    See what Chris Holmes of Pocket-lint says of the gadget in his review,   “This is one of the nicest Windows touch machines we’ve seen, and it’s ideal for anyone who needs a tablet PC for entertainment or work and is prepared to pay for it. It’s light, fast, easy to use, and with a sensitive touch screen – and it’s a full desktop class PC wrapped up in a tablet shell.”

    Meanwhile, the CNet review of the Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T adds, “the Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T is the fastest Windows 7 tablet we’ve tested, and paired with its optional accessories, it provides a very laptop-like experience, but one marred by the typical awkward onscreen Windows typing experience.”

    Verdict
    The Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T is a brilliant Windows 7 tablet. Of course, this Samsung tablet integrates all Windows features and capabilities into an 11.6-inch tablet. It is a bit expensive, though with the pricing starting from $1,249.