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Samsung's Ativ Smart PC Is A Master Of All Trades

By Tony Ibrahim | Thursday | 29/11/2012

There's no greater catch 22 than trying to decide between buying a tablet or a notebook. Each form factor has its own advantages and setbacks, and trying to qualify which one is better is the equivalent of trying to figure out if the egg came before the chicken.

Tablets lend themselves to unparalleled mobility by not having a keyboard. You can take a tablet with you without noticing its weight, giving you the option of whipping it out when you want to watch movies, browse the web or send emails. The only problem is, ironically, not having a keyboard.

Without a keyboard, trying to create content becomes an uphill battle because you spend more time trying to find your typing stride. And because the keyboard hosts a language's worth of buttons, removing it consumes valuable screen space.

Additionally, a notebook's keyboard hosts the familiar, precise and versatile track pad. Instead of covering the screen with your hands, modern trackpads are now fluent in the gestures that have made touchscreens popular. In essence, you get the same interactive experience from a trackpad and the benefit of more screen space with its presence.

In the past, you'd be forced to settle for two products which you'd lug around, or simply put up with the compromises. But this isn't the past; its 2012, and we're spoilt with the fruits of technological progression.

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One of the ripest fruits borne from years of innovation is Samsung's Ativ Smart PC Pro. It's a fully-fledged notebook—complete with an Intel processor and the ubiquitous Windows 8 OS—whose screen detaches from its keyboard dock to become a proficient tablet. It's a single device capable of being a tablet and a notebook. It's having your cake and eating it too.

Some of Samsung's best technologies are found in the Smart PC Pro, including the screen. Spanning 11.6 inches, Samsung has used a LED-backlit LCD panel furnished with the same resolution of a Full HD television. The high pixel density makes sure your movies and documents are articulated with clarity, while enabling the touchscreen to respond to gestures with precision.

The Ativ Smart PC Pro can recognise up to ten fingers at once

A full version of Windows 8 ensures the Smart PC Pro is compatible with your existing Windows devices, your enterprise network and the gamut of Microsoft applications designed for PCs. Cloud based services, such as Office 365 and Dropbox, not only offer additional cloud storage, but synchronise your existing document and content portfolio.

The Smart PC Pro is powered by the latest Intel Core i5 processor, Intel's HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB of lightweight solid state memory.

By offering an array of connectivity ports, the Ativ Smart PC Pro is exceptionally functional: presentations can be displayed on a TV or projector through its microHDMI port; files can be transferred quickly via USB 3.0; photos captured with a camera can be viewed with little fuss by slotting in its SD card; and a combo headphone-out/microphone-in jack is ideal for listening to music or recording notes.

In a small, scarcely noticeable slot, Samsung's famous S-Pen resides. It's a market-leading stylus fluent in different pressure sensitivities and, as a result, the pictures you draw retain the same sense of shading, line thickness and exactitude you find in an old-school pencil. The S-Pen builds upon what is traditionally possible with a PC/tablet and contributes to the Smart PC Pro's unique persona.

On the back of the Smart PC Pro is a powerful 5MP camera, while a front facing 2MP camera can be used for videoconferencing.

Perhaps what's most impressive about the Smart PC Pro is its ability to offer this rich feature-set whilst retaining the mobility you'd expect from a notebook and tablet. When docked as a notebook, it weighs 1.6 kilograms and is 22.3mm thin. It's smaller as a tablet, weighing 888 grams and measuring 11.89 mm thin.

If you'd like to know more about Samsung's Ativ Smart PC Pro, such as pricing and availability, simply click here.

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