Samsung Slate PC review: Samsung Slate PC

Compared with other Windows tablets we've tested this year, the Series 7 Slate comes out ahead by a good margin, beating the ULV Asus Eee PC EP121, with an older low-voltage Core i5, the Intel-Atom-powered Skytex SkyTab S970, and the Acer Iconia Tab W500 , which uses a very low-power AMD C-50 CPU. Judging from our benchmark tests and anecdotal use, the takeaway is that, for even minimal effectiveness, don't skimp out on your tablet's processing power.

Juice box
Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.33
Sleep (10%) 0.51
Idle (25%) 7.32
Load (05%) 17.0
Raw kWh number 25.66
Annual power cost $2.91

Annual power consumption cost
Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T

One pleasant surprise from the Samsung Series 7 Slate was its battery life. On our video playback battery drain test, the system ran for 4 hours and 22 minutes, which is longer than any other Windows tablet we've tested this year. Most of the credit should probably go the Intel's efficient current-gen Core i-series CPUs, but non-Windows tablets such as the iPad and Galaxy can run much longer.

The Series 7 Slates includes a standard one-year parts and labor warranty. Samsung's support site has social media tie-ins with Twitter, Facebook, and other sites, which at least makes logging in to your support account potentially easier. A product chooser makes finding drivers and downloads easy, and besides a toll-free support number (1-800-726-7864), you can also e-mail or send a Twitter message to the support department (@SamsungSupport).

The Samsung Series 7 Slate makes some excellent progress in the areas of performance and battery life when it comes to Windows tablets, but at $1,349, it still isn't as useful a tablet as something like the $500 iPad, nor as good a computer as a basic slim $800 laptop.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image test (in seconds)
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Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations:

Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 128GB Samsung SSD

Asus Eee Slate EP121
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.33GHz Intel Core i5-470UM; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB (Shared) Intel GMA HD; 64GB SanDisk SSD

Sony Vaio VPC-YB35KX/B
Windows 7 Home Premium w/ SP1; 1.65GHz AMD Fusion E-450 Dual Core; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 384MB (Shared) AMD Radeon HD 6320; 500GB Hitachi 5400rpm

Acer Iconia Tab W500
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1GHz AMD C-50 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6250; 32GB SanDisk SSD

Skytex SkyTab S970
Windows 7 Home Premium w/ SP1; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual Core; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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