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Dell's XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook thinks outside the clamshell
This was another review unit. Here's the money quote from my original review:
Make no mistake about it: This is a PC first, and a tablet second. At 1558 g (3.4 lb), your arms will tire if you try to hold this thing for too long. But it’s quite solid in your lap, and it’s perfect on an airplane tray table with the screen flipped to the back and tilted up to a comfortable viewing (and touching) angle. That’s great for watching a movie, reading documents, or doing light editing in coach seats where a full-size Ultrabook won’t open properly.
Give Dell credit for creative thinking with this design, but the short battery life and 3.4-pound weight were offputting for me. Since then, Dell has refreshed this model with a 4th Generation Intel Core CPU, and I'd look at it again.
Read the original review here.
Samsung's Ativ Smart PC Pro: another take on the hybrid
This was a review unit I received from Samsung in early 2013. At the time, I said: "Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T looks like a slightly clunky, generic black Ultrabook at first blush. Until you detach its keyboard base, that is, and it turns into a sleek and powerful tablet with better battery life than a Surface Pro."
The top-heavy design and the odd arrangement of ports were dealbreakers for me. The review unit went back to Samsung.
You can read my original review here.
Samsung Series 7: the official slate of Windows 8
The Samsung Series 7 might look a bit dull today, but it was one of the very first pure Windows tablets. And if its design seems familiar, well, it should be: it's the commercial version of the unlabeled device that was given to every paid attendee at Microsoft's 2011 Build conference, where Windows 8 made its public debut.
The 2nd Generation Intel i5 chip in this device tends to runs hot, and its battery life was less than stellar. Still, it was a proper introduction to what Windows 8 can do on a pure tablet.