"Nice, fast device. Software needs to improve."3.0 starson by umn
Pros: Accurate touch screen, fast processor and SSD. Bright screen. Loud speakers. Ability to run windows applications (like Office). Good dual band WiFi NIC. Has a TPM (yep bitlocker support)!!
Cons: Samsung add-on software. Ambient light sensor position. On screen keyboard and blue tooth keyboard (wakes up slowly, often dropping first character typed).
Summary: I was really excited to try this tablet with windows 7 professional as a replacement for the Android table and Windows laptop combination I had been using. Especially since I could add it to our AD domain to manage resources.Update for Windows 8
Unfortunately Samsung has loaded it with a number of programs that keep popping up the UAC window when you are logged on as a non-administrative user. They are:
Smart Setting Program
Easy Speed up Manager
Which coupled with the poor keyboard choices makes it quite painful to use. In my case I needed to pen in/enter a 23-25 character password a minimum of five times after each restart, unless I was logging on with an administrative privileged account.
I'll probably load Windows 8 on it for a quick try before returning it for a more conventional ultrabook.
Oh, and about the ambient light sensor. It's on the right side of the device so us right harders are partially blocking it when we use the pen causing the screen brightness to fluctuate needlessly (and is rather annoying).
Updated on Jun 18, 2012
I installed Windows 8 RP on this device a week ago and am really glad I did so. This tablet rocks with Windows 8 and I'm really looking forward to the final release. All the problem Samsung software is gone and the tablet feels much more responsive. Samsung has a really nice site explaining how to install Windows 8 on the device and deserves credit for going that extra mile. Check it out at http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/.
I move this review up to 4.5 stars now.