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Posted on January 7th, 2011 by Tim Danton

Samsung TX100 review: first look

Samsung TX100 sliding netbookI can count the products that have truly impressed me at this year’s CES on one hand, and the TX100 is comfortably in that top five. And arguably this is the best of them all: it’s the only new product that’s made me say “wow”. Silently, of course.

My video shooting skills aren’t quite up to the standard where I can show you why I’m so impressed, but hopefully the brief clip below will provide some sort of idea.

It’s that sliding mechanism that truly impresses. With a weight of 1kg, it should be comfortable to carry from room to room and to be thrown into a rucksack. Yet, when you do want to get some serious work done, you can start tapping away at the keyboard.

I also like the fact that Samsung has worked with Microsoft to provide an attractive interface. There are 31 apps currently available, including a book and magazine reader, which bodes well for a touch-based future where you can actually use the TX100 in tablet form without being dumped into a typical Windows application.

It appears quite responsive as well, which is good to see with only an Intel Atom processor inside. Having 2GB of RAM certainly helps. The fact the screen is capacitive and multitouch helps too, while its 1,366 x 768 resolution and high brightness add yet more to like.

It’s set to arrive on UK shores in March for £599 including VAT. So, anyone want to buy one?

Samsung TX100 sliding netbook openSamsung TX100 sliding tablet flat on

Samsung TX100 sliding tablet side

Samsung TX100 sliding tablet slots

Samsung TX100 sliding tablet thin

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14 Responses to “ Samsung TX100 review: first look ”

  1. milliganp Says:
    January 8th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    It’s definitely a PC. If this had been an Apple product the salesman would have shown you what it did rather than reciting its technical specification!

    However it does look like a very good way of providing dual functionality – particularly if there are some sensible touch base apps included.

     
  2. mr_chips Says:
    January 8th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    That looks much better than Dell’s flipping screen design. I have a samsung slider phone which is built like a tank. presumably they took the sliding screen tech from their mobile division and put it to some very good use here. price is a bit steep for a netbook though

     
  3. KC Says:
    January 8th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Apple Fanboy logging in to say.

    It looks like a nice bit of kit. Some decent innovation. I’d like to see one in action in the flesh so to speak.

     
  4. Lomskij Says:
    January 8th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    To me it *looks* similar to Dell – even the specs sound similar. So what about the battery life?

     
  5. David Staples Says:
    January 8th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Looking “elsewhere”, battery life is claimed to be 9 hours.

    Priced too high for a Netbook? Well yes, if that’s all it was. It’s priced at the same level as an iPad, yet it (theoretically) does what an Ipad does AND is a Windows 7 Netbook.

    Certainly looks interesting.

     
  6. milliganp Says:
    January 10th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Mildly off topic! – The Dog that didn’t Bark.
    Last year Microsoft told us they were going to change the world with windows tablets. This year they’re remarkably silent and most of the “internet tablet” action is Android.
    This sort of device though plays to their strength -perhaps they should be pushing “enhanced netbook” rather than pure tablet and reinforce an existing market segment.

     
  7. Damian Jones Says:
    January 10th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’m glad that the tablet format has come back as I’ve been a follower for many years.

    What I’m not glad about is how the platform is being treated by pages like Engadget. Constant little snipes like, “..That no-one asked for” etc.

    I hope the Samsung sells well.

     
  8. KeithS Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    It would be nice if the touch screen supported a decent pen for taking notes. Trying to use the pens available for the ipad, or worse trying to take notes with your fingertip is to me one of the ipad’s greatest weaknesses.

     
  9. Richard parker Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Can I echo the need to have decent pen input. this is what makes them so useful. these comments written on a Fujitsu t 3010!

     
  10. David Field Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 6:44 am

    On the subject of ‘pads’ and pen input, has anyone come across a decent review of some the various forms these can come in?

     
  11. Brian Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I am curious why anyone would want to “write” notes. Surely anyone who has used a computer on a regular basis for more than 6 mths can type FAR faster than they can write? Not only that, text is far neater than any handwriting written in a hurry.
    The only use I see for the pen is handwriting a signature or drawing.

     
  12. Stephen Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    What’s the reverse like? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of this from the back.

     
  13. Dan Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=Samsung+TX100+Rear the first link is to flickr that shows rear, or click images and a few shots come up. it is white on the rear.

     
  14. Ashley Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Why did I so quickly buy the dell duo… its really not that good as a tablet – (even scrolling on a webpage is a bitch)
    Dam.

     

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