Bristol Business user
- USB3 Interface, responsive with Core i5 processor, great screen, expansion via micro SD port. Best of both worlds Windows 8 pro for corporate network and also Windows Apps which are finger friendly when travelling or browsing the web when sitting on the couch at home. I bought this machine for testing so I didn't need a large hard disk. See bad points. With a large hard disk this is a real laptop replacement. I bought the laptop dock and also have a Logitech K810 Bluetooth keyboard and a M557 mouse which work well together. I have heard various reports that Samsung are upgrading the Keyboard dock as the catch system is a bit loose. Once this is confirmed this will be an excellent laptop alternative. At the moment I would say it is an excellent table. Typing on the onscreen keyboard is fine for taking notes in meetings but not for writing an essay or as a primary input.
The Stylus works really well with the OneNote App. Great for drawing and the handwriting conversion is great.
I also bought a USB 3 to a combined Lan port / USB hub to give me wired access to my corporate network. This works well. The Samsung update software works well.
Good size screen for reading PDFs
Size and weight - good for a machine with 5 hours battery life and a screen this large. 1920 x 1080 resolution screen is more than clear enough for everyday work
- The 64 GB hard disk is not big enough to make this machine a laptop replacement in it's own write - you need an SD card if you are going to carry work around with you and also take videos and music with you. The SD card works well however. The price hike to the 128GB version is much greater than the retail price of replacing the mSata internal hard disk but I do not advocate trying to get into your tablet and upgrading . You may be able to take a snap shot of your tablet and remove the recovery partition and that will free up 12GB of hard disk space but this is a more advanced topic. No issues other than hard disk space but this was never an issue for me anyway and am happy using a micro SD card or a small thrumb drive.
The Samsung dock does not have an audio or HDMI outlet. It only has a USB2 port and Network port and charging capability.
The Tablet has a micro or mini ie the smallest possible HDMI output connector. These are so flimsy - manufacturers need to start using Micro display port as it is a far sturdier connector. So if you use it be carefull.
Design wise it is not an iPad. It is simple clean and functional. and there is no point is comparing from an aesthetics point of view. Slight down side is the power connector on the bottom of the tablet. It would have been better on the side in my opinion. I would buy one again and recommend this tablet however.
Published on: 24 July 2014