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

PCMark 7: Speedy Storage, No Disappointments

Specifications
Asus K53E
Asus Eee Slate
Samsung Series 7
11.6" Slate
PCMark Overall
2419 PCMarks
1508 PCMarks
2566 PCMarks
Lightweight Score
1913 PCMarks
1287 PCMarks
1994 PCMarks
Productivity Score
1461 PCMarks
1100 PCMarks
1409 PCMarks
Video Playback and Transcoding
22.99 FPS
18.58 FPS
23.14 FPS
Video Playback and Transcoding: Downscaling
17.39241 MB/s
1.23366 MB/s
6.64269 MB/s
System Storage: Gaming
3.38 MB/s
10.62 MB/s
13.44 MB/s
Graphics: DX9
15.38 FPS
3.44 FPS
5.67 FPS
Image Manipulation
9.26 Mpx/s
4.87 Mpx/s
4.51 Mpx/s
System Storage: Importing Pictures
5.20 MB/s
4.69 MB/s
22.52 MB/s
Web Browsing and Decrypting / Web Browsing
10.46 pages/s
5.44 pages/s
5.58 pages/s
Web Browsing and Decrypting / Data Decrypting
78.87 MB/s
28.77 MB/s
30.89 MB/s
System Storage: Windows Defender
1.08 MB/s
4.20 MB/s
5.03 MB/s
Web Browsing With 3 Tabs
11.68 pages/s
6.13 pages/s
6.43 pages/s
System Storage: Adding Music
1.07 MB/s
1.22 MB/s
1.38 MB/s
System Storage: Starting Applications
2.09 MB/s
12.16 MB/s
30.98 MB/s
Text Editing
9.95 operations/s
0.56 operations/s
0.57 operations/s


While the K53E notebook employs a faster processor with a thermal ceiling more than twice as high (35 W versus 17), Samsung's Series 7 11.6" Slate is able to beat it by leveraging a superior storage subsystem.

That wasn't the case when we reviewed the Eee Slate because Asus chose SanDisk's SSD P4, which chronically suffered from poor random write performance. How bad was it? Our mechanical Seagate Momentus 5400.6 beat it. Compare the SSD P4's 200 random 4 KB write IOPS to the Momentus XT's 338.

The mSATA-based 3 Gb/s SSD in the Series 7 11.6" Slate (MZMPA064HMDR) is a derivative of the 470 series used as a reference drive in most of our test platforms. Samsung sells the drive in two different capacities: 64 and 128 GB. We have the former, but you should expect the latter to deliver slightly better performance since it has more flash dies populating each NAND channel.

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  • g-unit1111
    Do. Want. Finally - a tablet that doesn't require a proprietary operating system that needs 1,000,000,000 apps for every website on the internet in order to function properly. It has an SSD and not flash memory. It has a real working version of Windows - with a great interface on top of it. This looks like a tablet I can get behind.
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  • friskiest
    A5 vs SB,. hehehe (grinning :D)
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  • g-unit1111
    Do. Want. Finally - a tablet that doesn't require a proprietary operating system that needs 1,000,000,000 apps for every website on the internet in order to function properly. It has an SSD and not flash memory. It has a real working version of Windows - with a great interface on top of it. This looks like a tablet I can get behind.
    14
  • Anonymous
    A very nice tablet! Hoping that ivy bridge will allow faster processers without creating too much heat and saving battery. I'm really looking into getting a tablet in the future to replace my notebook and this looks is very reassuring that things are improving :P.
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  • friskiest
    A5 vs SB,. hehehe (grinning :D)
    11
  • sereng3ti
    The first sentence of this article told me all I needed to know.
    -10
  • Anonymous
    What about the digitizer? I appreciate the comparisons to the Asus EEE Slate, but that has a 256-level pressure sensitive wacom digitizer on top of the screen. And no mention of it or what is on this device?
    7
  • joytech22
    Yay finally, I saw this in shops around a month ago and wonder when tom's would cover it. :p
    1
  • Gamer-girl
    The UI makes it seem like a smartphone. You keep mentioning the pen but there is no comparison? Does it have palm rejection?
    3
  • theuniquegamer
    Instead of current sandybridge (i.e hd 3000) the should give an amd llano which has a better gpu or the ivy bridge mobile cpus (which is with hd 4000 gpu) and a lower TDP.
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  • alyoshka
    Isn't it a little steep for a 1000$....??? After all it's a Samsung, 11.6Inch Tab.......
    I think it'd be a lot more wiser to buy a laptop for that price and get a much more efficient and powerful piece of tech.
    1
  • alyoshka
    I would have given the Note from Samsung a thought had it had 7.5 installed on it..... but again..... it's a samsung.....
    -3
  • dimar
    Might get one once they upgrade to Ivy Bridge revision.. And by then, I hope Samsung can make it even lighter.
    3
  • Anonymous
    This model has a noticeable problem where the screen separates from the bezel. Was strongly considering buying this laptop before that, hopefully thou now it may be fixed.

    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/samsung/46145-everyone-who-own-slate-please-post-you-batchnumber-modelnummer-state-screen.html
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  • joytech22
    Lol.. Ever tried NOT putting a video to Private that's in this article that was uploaded to Tom's channel?
    I mean.. -.-
    2
  • gondor
    Why is it called an ass wipe keyboard ? I'm sure the marketing team behind this brilliance could easily come up with something more catchy.
    -5
  • darkstar845
    Can't wait for future tablets when ivy bridge or haswell processors come out.
    3
  • mayankleoboy1
    ^ and after that, "cant wait till silvermont launches"
    1
  • hobojoe2012
    Over $1000 for PC without a keyboard and only one USB slot is NUTS! Samsung FAILS on this one.
    -6
  • falchard
    I think Acer was more successful on this one with its A500 and W500 tablets. They have a better graphics chip.
    0
  • ldetex
    Instead of buying a case and a stand, why not put a hinge in the case and it would do double duty. Throw in a few keys into the base and you get more productive and dont have to worry about loss of the stylus. A super thin laptop with a great display and an SSD, such as LG has introduced into Japan, is so much better,
    1
  • jemm
    I´d get a notebook instead.
    -4