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Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate: Breathing New Life Into Tablet PCs

Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate: Breathing New Life Into Tablet PCs
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Tablet PCs are a dying breed, and Windows 8 is still at least a year away. Until we see what Microsoft's next operating system has to offer, one tablet PC shows us why this form factor is still a winner. Samsung's Series 7 11.6" Slate breaks the mold.

Let's just throw this out there: the fact that tablets are enjoying as much success as they are still surprises us. Playing with touchscreens is fun. But, for all of their entertainment value, tablets just can't provide the same functionality you'd expect from a device able to replace more powerful notebooks. The only explanation, then, is that most folks are buying them in addition to, rather than as substitutes for, other technology. 

If you're a road warrior, packing one more device certainly isn't an attractive proposition. The whole point of mobility is supposed to be consolidating down to keep you faster, lighter, and more free. But every type of device seems to perform certain tasks sort-of-well, so you might instead end up with a notebook, an e-book reader, a cell phone of course, and perhaps even a point-and-shoot camera. Then you have chargers and interface cables. Tossing a tablet on top of that stack just doesn't sound appealing.

Tablet PCs, on the other hand, really do make it possible to scale back on the number of devices you lug around in a more realistic way. While tablets are small, sexy, and fast enough for basic content consumption, their lightweight operating systems and sometimes-limited app selection continues to be a source of frustration. Tablet PCs support desktop operating systems and rely on a digital pen instead of a mouse. That's an important distinction that enables any OS X-based program on a Modbook, whereas the iPad is constrained to apps from the Apple App Store.

Unfortunately, tablet PCs are pretty gosh-darned rare, which is somewhat surprising given their simultaneous portability and interoperability with Windows-based programs. Moreover, the performance of a tablet PC is only limited by the hardware a vendor can cram inside.

The latest Windows-based tablet comes from Samsung. Dubbed the Series 7 11.6" Slate, it breathes much-needed life into this critically endangered form factor, beating out Asus' Eee Slate as our favourite tablet PC.

Specifications
Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate
CPU
Core i5-2467M (Sandy Bridge), 1.6 GHz, 3 MB Smart Cache, 2C/4T, 17 W TDP, 32 nm
Screen
11.6" WSVGA (1366x768), Superbright Plus Technology
Memory
4 GB DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM
System Drive
SanDisk P4 SSD 64 GB, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 350 MHz Base Frequency, 1.15 GHz Max. Dynamic Frequency
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium
Wireless
802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth
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    aje21 , 2 January 2012 16:33
    Two faults as I see it:
    1) No option of a cheaper processor (I've found a Core i3 to be sufficient for most tasks).
    2) Not enough USB ports on the docking station - basically you'd be using the single port to attach a small hub so why not make the docking station a tad bigger and save the hassle?
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    Stupido , 3 January 2012 11:32
    +1 to the above comment
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    Anonymous , 8 September 2012 06:20
    Prefer nvidia tegra 3 graphics with i3