Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate

Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate. A tablet? Or a notebook with an onscreen keyboard?

It doesn’t take a relationship counselor to see it: In our reviews and others’, Windows and touch-screen tablets don’t have the best reputation for getting along. As we saw with Fujitsu’s admirable attempt—the $849 Stylistic Q550 Slate PC—at massaging Windows 7 to run on tablet hardware, Windows itself is the problem, not the hardware. While Windows does run well enough, with ample speed and performance, once you start to evaluate touch and multi-touch gesture interpretation, you quickly see that Windows is something of a graceless clod. Hence, manufacturers that have ventured into the Windows-slate market have found it necessary to include a digital pen or stylus to help make touch navigation less frustrating.

Leave it to Samsung, a company that has mastered the Android-based tablet with three outstanding models (the Galaxy TabGalaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 10.1) to take the most impressive stab at the Windows-slate market so far. Enter the Samsung Series 7 11.6″ Slate. Instead of trying to squeeze Windows 7 onto a slate running tablet-grade hardware, such as the 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor found in the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550, the Series 7 uses Intel’s second-generation “Sandy Bridge” 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M mobile processor, which is much more suitable for running Windows 7.

See the review at Computer Shopper.

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