The range of new products revealed were colour laser printers, monitors, notebooks, touch Ultrabooks, central stations and All-in-One touch PCs running Windows 8.
The product that caught my eye was the ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro. It is an 11.6-inch tablet that features a detachable keyboard dock, and in a nutshell, is a fully fledged PC crammed into a tablet. So you can access all regular Windows programs anywhere you go either as a tablet or notebook. This, in my opinion, is what will eventually kill off desktops completely, started by the iPad.
Both devices will run Windows 8; have S-Pen compatibility; feature micro HDMI ports, USB 2.0 and 3.0 (Pro); and full HD screen. The Smart PC will run on an Intel Atom processor while the Pro will run on a Core i5 processor. Expect to pay R9,999 for the Smart PC and R17,999 for the Smart PC Pro.
The other product that I think will take a bit of getting used to, which I got to play around with is the Series 5 touch Ultrabook. Maybe I’m showing my age here, but I can’t imagine using touch-based laptop, or in this case, Ultrabook. I’m quite happy navigating with a mouse/trackpad. I played a round of Plants vs. Zombies on the touch Ultrabook and it felt no different playing on a tablet, which is a good thing when it comes to adjusting. It was fluid and I experienced no delays. Quite impressed, actually.
The 13-inch Series 5 touch Ultrabook has a full HD display with a 10-finger multi-touchscreen; powered by a Core i7 processor; comes with 12GB of RAM; 500GB HDD; has HDMI and USB 3.0 ports and weighs 1.64kg. Expect to pay R13,999.
The products will be available sometime in November from Incredible Connection, Dion Wired and Samsung-branded stores.