Continuing our journey through the tablet world, we have recently been testing the HP ElitePad 900. HP are very supportive of us trying new products and evaluating them with customers and this new model swiftly arrived at our office.
The product looks and feels pretty sturdy, it has a standard looking front with an aluminium rear making it feel solid. Also the case at the sides is shaped in such a way that it helps with the grip, when holding.
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The screen is pretty good, nothing really bad to say about it, it’s very bright, sharp and had a good resolution. The touch element of it is very good too and accurate with no calibration needed out of the box.
There are many accessories for this device, including a jacket which gives you more ports and even has room for a 2nd battery. The best accessory we were sent was the docking station. The docking station has 4 usb ports either side. It also has Power, Network, VGA & HDMI at the rear.
Performance & Capability
One of the reasons we were looking at this tablet, was to see how good it was at becoming a potential replacement for a laptop (of basic use). We installed all applications that were found on my laptop including Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2013 (running outlook in non-cached mode to save on space as my mailbox is 30GB), Microsoft Lync 2013, Adobe Photoshop, SkyDrive, Evernote, Firefox and a few more.
At a push, I could use this as my main computer and never use my laptop again. However if I was purchasing one of these devices for myself, I would choose a higher spec as at times it was quite slow. But considering I was bench testing a full working machine with multiple apps, it coped as well as any device in this price range would.
We also tried using it with a bigger 24” monitor connected via HDMI and the quality was very good. If the two screens wasn’t enough, the tablet can also be put into extended format meaning you can have different applications running on different screens.
Below is the spec of the unit we have:
|Product Description||HP ElitePad 900 G1 - 10.1" - Atom Z2760 - Windows 8 Pro 32-bit - 2 GB RAM - 32 GB SSD|
|System Type||Slate Tablet PC|
|Mechanical Design||No keyboard|
|Operating System||Windows 8 Pro 32-bit|
|Processor||Intel Atom Z2760 / 1.8 GHz / 1 MB Cache|
|Memory||2 GB LPDDR2|
|Storage||32 GB SSD|
|Display||10.1" LED backlight Multi-Touch UWVA 1280 x 800 / WXGA|
|Networking||802.11n,Bluetooth 4.0 HS,NFC|
|Security||Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||26.1 cm x 17.8 cm x 0.92 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year warranty|
Pros: The screen is very good and the look and the feel of the device is as good as any. Another pro is that the docking station is very good with decent connectivity.
Cons: If you were using it instead of a laptop, you would ideally need a better spec and we would recommend choosing a higher model in the range.
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