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Samsung ATIV One 7 All-In-One Review

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Samsung ATIV One 7

Samsung ATIV One 7

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Samsung ATIV One 7 Side View

Samsung ATIV One 7 Side View

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Samsung ATIV One 7 Back View

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The Bottom Line

Jan 24 2014 - Samsung has taken their design for HDTVs and decided to make an all-in-one system that resembles it. The 23-inch display takes from their experience in the TV market by provideing a bright picture with very wide viewing angles. The only downside to the design is that there are a limited number of peripherals ports and they can be quite difficult to get to. It does feature a gesture control system in addition to the touchscreen but it it more a gimmick than really functional. One distinctive feature though is the support for both 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi networking bands which many competitors lack. The system is best used as a mixed entertainment center which also features PC functions.

Pros

  • Desktop Class Processor For More Performance
  • Bright Display Panel
  • Support for 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Gesture Controls Have Limited Functionality
  • Poor Location for USB 3.0 Ports

Description

  • Intel Core i5-3470T Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD Burner
  • 23.6" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated Graphics
  • Intel HDA Audio With Stereo Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI (input), HDMI (output), 3-in-1 Card Reader, 720p Webcam
  • 22.6" x 17.3" x 7.5"
  • Windows 8

Review - Samsung ATIV One 7 DP700A3D-K01US

Jan 24 2014 - Samsung's ATIV One 7 is a major redesign from the previous Series 7 system. It is still focused on being a multimedia platform but the design has been changed to make it look much more like one of the Samsung HDTV's than a computer. In fact, without the keyboard or mouse one would just assume it is a TV. The only downside to this is that it offers a very limited angle of incline for the touchscreen display which could be a problem for those that will use the interface frequently.

The processor in the Samsung ATIV One 7 is an older Intel Core i5-3470T dual core processor. This does offer some higher clock speeds than many quad core processors but it does have fewer cores meaning that it is not as powerful when it comes to more demanding tasks like desktop video work. For most people, this will work just fine and since it is a desktop class chip it outperforms those all-in-one systems that use the mobile class processors. The processor is matched up with 6GB of DDR3 memory which is an odd choice as the 8GB would provide it with a slightly smoother overall feel at very little additional cost.

Storage for the Samsung ATIV One 7 uses a typically sized one terabyte hard drive that provides it with a good amount of storage space for applications, data and media files. The downside is that the drive spins at a reduced 5400rpm rate which means that it isn't quite as fast at booting up or loading programs as those that use 7200rpm drives. If you do need additional space, the system features two USB 3.0 ports. The only problem is that these two ports on the right hand side of the monitor behind an access panel door. This means that it disrupts the look of the system by having cords running from the side rather than the back which happens to have the remaining USB 2.0 ports. The system does feature a dual-layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

The display for the Samsung ATIV One 7 uses a 23.6-inch panel that has some very nice brightness and color. It features your standard 1920x1080 display resolution that supports full 1080p high definition video. This is a touchscreen display and it offers some very responsive performance. Since Samsung is also in the business of TVs and electronics, the system features HDMI input to use with cable or satellite TV, Blu-ray players or video game consoles. The one downside here is that the system relies on the dated Intel HD Graphics 2500 built into the Core i5 processor. This has limited 3D performance such that it not really suited for PC gaming at all. In fact, it is slower than new mobile graphics options found in competing all-in-ones. At least it makes up for this by providing some acceleration for media encoding with Quick Sync compatible applications.

In addition to the touchscreen display, Samsung also markets the ATIV One 7 with gesture control. Through the webcam, the system can track motion and then translate some hand motions such as closing and opening, waving and rotating to do some basic functions as click, close a program, adjust volume or go to the Windows Home screen. The function is really more of a gimmick that useful due to its limited functions. In addition to that, the webcam needs to be on and tracking at all times which may present issues for those concerned about privacy should another application tap into the webcam video.

Pricing for the Samsung ATIV One 7 is right around $1000. This puts it very close to a number of competing systems including the ASUS ET2322, Dell Inspiron 23, HP Envy Recline 23 and Toshiba PX35t. All of these feature 23-inch displays but they differ in a number of areas, The Asus, Dell and Toshiba all use mobile processors for less general performance. Both the Dell and HP offer a display with a greater range of tilt for improved touchscreen use but sacrifice the DVD burner capabilities. Of course none of them offer the 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum support.

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