Enjoy unparalleled digital entertainment and productivity with the Samsung Slate XE500T1C-A04US Tablet PC. This tablet PC delivers the mobility of a tablet and the performance of a notebook to create a wonderfully exciting combination. It's equipped with an Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of DDR3 memory to ensure a seamless computing experience for handling all your everyday PC activities.
Product Title: Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T 11.6" 64 GB Wi-Fi Grey Tablet
Power Score: 4.0 | 4 Reviews
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No way I'm going back to paper.
-----Review update on update on the BIOS drivers and connected standby battery drain. There's been two recent updates of BIOS drivers from Samsung, the first one messed my battery mater - device did not display proper charge percentage, it was frozen on a figure from the moment of last charger plug-in. The second update fixed the battery meter back to the state of usability and it also...
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-----Review update on update on the BIOS drivers and connected standby battery drain.
There's been two recent updates of BIOS drivers from Samsung, the first one messed my battery mater - device did not display proper charge percentage, it was frozen on a figure from the moment of last charger plug-in. The second update fixed the battery meter back to the state of usability and it also finally fixed my connected standby issues. Instead of +5%/hour drain (half the battery overnight), I get 0.3%-1.1% tops, per hour. Which is way better, now I can leave the device to idle out with apps open and it will sleep properly, I don't have to shutdown.
So after all, it was a BIOS driver... It took some time for Samsung to get this done, but now I have to admit this is by far the best toy I've ever had. "Legacy" Windows apps & Office on a tablet. And the digital ink rocks. No way I'm going back to paper.
-----old review - still applies, except for the bios, drivers and connected standby battery drain thing:
The tablet itself is great, but Samsung is lazy with an update which would fix crazy battery drain during sleep ("connected standby"). It's a little bit of bad luck, but it's easy to find forum posts from people having a couple tens of percent battery drain overnight. In my case - 30% battery drain over 6 hour period, with disabled wireless connectivity (airplane mode) and all programs shut down.. so it should sleep nicely and behave, but after the last BIOS update (which fixed the problem with the tablet not waking up from sleep sometimes and requiring a hard reset) there's this "new" (actually months old) problem, this whole battery drain thing.
If it wasn't for this, the device is superb. There used to be problems with wacom stylus handwrite quality, but Samsung fixed this early on, then wifi connectivity problems, fixed too, also problems with keyboard/docking station (connection breaking during typing - insanely irritating), this too is much better after updates.. so I hope Samsung will not … over early windows 8 tablet buyers. They've got quite a lot of reports about this BIOS and battery drain problem.. if they get their act together, for me, Smart PC 500T is the best windows 8 tablet of the first generation. I use it everyday on lectures, wacom stylus+office 2013 (onenote!) + docking station with keyboard combo rocks. Life (almost) without paper.
The added advantage is that it's possible to handwrite notes (or just use it as a tablet) during charging - the charger port is not only in the docking station, but also there's another one in the tablet itself. So you can handwrite 24/7 - which is way better than, say, Asus TF810C - this one needs to be put into the docking station for a few hours to recharge.
Anyway, if Samsung doesn't act more responsible on the BIOS case and ignores users with 'already got your money dude' (new generation of Intel Haswell CPUs are out and here's a need of supporting an "old" hardware) - definitely bad idea to buy this one. There's a big a chance that you'll get yourself a faulty unit that will eat 30% of the battery overnight, doing absolutely nothing. And you know, batteries slowly cripple and loose charge with use - and this one is irreplacible (sarcastically speaking - genius idea, isn't it?).
Such kind of battery drain problems are found on all tablets with windows 8 and Intel Atom CPUs (Clovertrails) - for instance, some Acer Iconias (I don't remember the exact model number now) - but the good news is that Acer has released a fix like around May, so maybe Samsung will finally follow. In case of Samsung Smart PC 500T, sometimes installing Intel DPTF drivers from one of Acer Iconias helps (the same SOC, much of the hardware is identical among 1st gen Clovertrail Windows 8 tablets - more info on tabletpcreview forums in case you found this comment through google).
There's another one irritating bug-as-a-feature. On all windows 8 tablets, no matter what hardware. OS problem - the 'windows' button underneath the screen can wake the device from sleep. So the tablet wakes when it's carried in a bag or backpack sometimes. There's no solution for this, maybe except some googlable registry hacks for Surface RT. MS "support" knows about it and they've got nothing for this - 'windows home button is an integrated windows feature blah blah just live with it'. So maybe windows 8.1 will fix this. For now - carrying the device in a thick cover/pouch is what I do.
The moment Samsung releases a fix for the battery drain during connected standby (if this ever happens...), I'll back off my critique with pleasure, pump the score and update this review from 'DO NOT BUY this c..p' into 'easily recommended champ'. Yup, blackmail - cause all the time I put into documenting this issue and letting Samsung support know about it.. and btw not only me - apparently was an ineffective waste of time.
As of now - the device itself is a great notebook/light office computer (again - MS Office 2013, chrome, firefox, anything that runs on windows and the SOC can handle flies, as long as hardware graphics acceleration is not required). Nevertheless - strongly NOT recommend because of a possible really bad surprise with your BIOS and battery.
- the screen is not too small to work comfortably (classic windows 2 app halfscreen split and multitasking, say onenote and a pdf)
- full USB 2.0 in the tablet itself
- wacom stylus (the only game in town in terms of handwrite)
- onenote! I’m paperless now.
- stylus silo in the tablet - won't lose it
- if it wasn’t for the connected standby drain, battery life is ~10h, which is great for windows.
- limited storage (64 gigs officially, ~30 when you boot it actually)
- no battery in the docking station
- angle of tilt in the docking station should be bigger
- the screen should be matte (yeah it can be very bright, but then it kills the battery fast)
- no full HD screen (SOC limitation)
- graphics hardware - weak, with old directX
- irreplacible battery
- just 2gb of ram (SOC limitation – truth be told you can easily multitask with 2gb ram and EMMC “hard drive”, which is a poor man’s version of an SSD.. but anyone would much rather have it 4gb these days)
* Why I am so sure it's BIOS - tabletpcreview forums, people after system wipe and restore from recovery partition, clean install, just Samsung updates, and after the BIOS update - bam. Worst case, might not be exactly BIOS driver but for instance SOC drivers, anyway - if this happens after OS wipe, this is a driver issue and only Samsung can fix it. In my case, period I installed the new BIOS drivers, roughly then I got this battery drains. And it's driving me nuts.
By ChristopherS90 - Jul 4, 2013
Finally Tablet that Can Do Real Works!!!
Strengths: - Full-size USB port || Video output || Long bettery life || Intuitive desktop & tablet mode || build-in s-pen slot || Lots of room when work in portrait mode || Multi-tasking on tablet || MS
Weakness: - Typical Windows problems still persist (frozen, hanging, need to restart) || S-pen not response once wake up from sleep mode || Charging port is at the bottom
Ultrabooks are still too big and inconvenient for casual use. Most tablets do not have full size USB and ability to do office works. Basically, I need something that light, has keyboard dock, full-size USB, stylus, good battery life, and, of course, MS Office friendly.For years, I have been searching for such tablet that I can use both for light internet surfing / youtube / games while, at the...
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Ultrabooks are still too big and inconvenient for casual use. Most tablets do not have full size USB and ability to do office works. Basically, I need something that light, has keyboard dock, full-size USB, stylus, good battery life, and, of course, MS Office friendly.For years, I have been searching for such tablet that I can use both for light internet surfing / youtube / games while, at the same time, can provide real document work (MS Words, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, the whole shebang!!!). Samsung ATIV Smart PC gives me all that I need.The tablet features a good size 11.6" screen. Some people may think the screen is too wide and akwardly shaped, but personally I found it to be very useful when work in portrait mode. There is plenty of space up top for your web surfing and document editing while there is enough space at the bottom for on-screen keyboard since you might not always have the keyboard dock around. For me, using this setup and use s-pen as a mouse, I can go through daily tasks like email, document editing and chatting effortlessly. Having a keyboard dock is nice and all, but being able to work with just the tablet keep you thin and light on the go. All the ports are all welcomed. To operate in Windows mode it is very tough to live without a full-size USB port to transfer data and micro HDMI video output for TV/monitor to do movies and presentations. It is rare to find both functions on the tablet. Full-size USB also give you access to LAN connection (with adaptor), mouse input, DVD writer, and almost all USB related devices you can imagine (it is a Windows machine obviously). For video output adaptor, it took me a while to get my hands on micro HDMI-to-VGA adaptor since most stores don't carry it so your best bet is order on-line. However, micro HDMI-to-HDMI adaptor should not be too hard to find in-store these days.The most important feature (to me) is being able to use MS Office. There is no stranger here. You will experience a full-blown MS Office as you get on any Windows computer only you can do more with touch/stylus functions. Imagine if you can write your comments or corrections down into Words/Excel without typing or wasting paper. You could also write down on the slides presentation instantly during your speech just trying to make a bit more sense out of your modest presentation. This could become handy sometime, I'm sure. Beside, the s-pen works great on S-note and even better in One Note. Very smooth writing.Some other things: The machine is great on battery life. I can go all day (mostly emails and document works) without reaching for power adapter. The start up time is fast, too, less than a minute and it's ready to go. In addition, for someone craving for more storage, the tablet will give you roughly 30GB out of the box.. Yes!.. 30 eventhough the whole thing has 64GB!! You can try to uninstall everything then selectively install your required programs back in, but it might cause you time, effort, and maybe tears to eventually ending up with a bit more storage space... Anyhow, I am no tablet PC expert so my easier solution is to go get a 64GB micro SD card and it instantly triples my storage space with no hassle. I use sandisk 64GB class 10, in case you are wondering.Well, nothing is perfect and this tablet is by all means no different.What can I say... Windows is still Windows with good old Windows' problems. Long-time Windows user should be familiar with this. You might need to restart 2-3 times a day just when those strange things occur. Some problems that I have noticed so far are 1) S-pen doesn't response when tablet wake up from sleep mode; 2) Cannot detect some USB devices; 3) Random frozen, Windows style...; 4) Cannot connect back to keyboard dock (see below).Actually, I just also got a keyboard dock to go with my tablet for a couple of weeks. Can't complain about extra USB ports and nice size keyboard. When connected as a netbook it tends to be top-heavy, but no real issue if you work on a flat surface. The only downside I have so far on the keyboard is from time to time when I disconnect the tablet from keyboard dock and re-connect it back on during use, the keyboard dock seems not to link back to the tablet. I need restart to solve the problem (surprise?). Good thing that the tablet starts up fast... :)It may seem that the tablet still has flaws, but to me, the greats far outweigh the bads and this tablet can serve me everywhere from home to office. If you have one, I think you will enjoy using it!!! Anyhow, hope you find this review useful. Thanks.
By nikornpon - Dec 6, 2012
Strengths: Touch screen, flexibility
Weakness: Crashes at times while sleeping, likely Windows 8
We have multiple users on the device and it seems that there in lies the problem. Outside of that, very enjoyable, the 11.6" screen is noticeably larger than the 10" tablets. Windows 8 takes some getting used to. For example, programs running off your desktop stop if you switch to the windows 8 platform or go into sleep mode. Also, there does not seem to be any real solution to having...
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We have multiple users on the device and it seems that there in lies the problem. Outside of that, very enjoyable, the 11.6" screen is noticeably larger than the 10" tablets. Windows 8 takes some getting used to. For example, programs running off your desktop stop if you switch to the windows 8 platform or go into sleep mode. Also, there does not seem to be any real solution to having Itunes run from windows 8. we tried the rt app and it simply does not work. Don't buy this tablet if Itunes is important as it does not work without keeping your desktop up and screen on.
By anonymous; - Dec 3, 2012
Samsung Ativ Smart PC XE500T1C
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