ElitePad 900 Windows 8 Slate featuring NFC, 16×10 aspect ratio, and a full size HDMI is a decent choice for a businesses tablet, but there are better alternatives.
ElitePad 900 from HP arrives with HP’s marketing promise of being a tablet to meet the needs of both the office and home, and with a slick-looking aluminium unibody surface its defining aesthetic. The ElitePad 900 is 10.2-inches in length by 7 inches width and is 0.36 inches thick. It weighs 1.4 pounds. Standard of workmanship is fit for a CEO.
The ElitePad 900 sports a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. That panel radiates 427 nits of brightness and compares favorably with the 389 nits beamed out by the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, for added durability.
Zipping along inside is an Atom Z2760 processor next to 2GB RAM, and Intel’s integrated Atom GMA graphical processor for graphics processing.
HP have installed a 64GB flash drive for storage. What we will note though is that the ElitePad 900 slumped to a surprisingly slow data transfer when copying a DVD from one folder to another – 9MB/s. But in other tests it kept pace with the category average for massive Excel look-ups, so maybe just a quirk.
Port selection on the tablet proper confined to a microSD card slot and a microSIM slot tucked away in the rear of the tablet; without any docking station the ElitePad lacks a means of USB transfer; colleagues would have to email a document rather than transfer via USB around the office. Though employees ought to know enough about email to use that as normal practice in any case, on a purely-for-speed consideration.
NFC capability also features, and dual-band WiFI and Bluetooth 4 make for rapid net connectivity. Then there’s the docking connectors, with docking stations one way of breaking the firm’s IT budget.
For $79 the ElitePad 900 can be paired up with the Expansion Jacket, which adds a pair of USB ports, HDMI socket, full-sized SD card and battery slot, all weighing in at 2lb – tablet included, without the said battery. The juice pack itself costs an extra $149. Confused yet?
Then there’s the Productivity Jacket for extra $199, which offers the same pair of USB-2 ports and SD slot, as well as a keyboard, but sans battery capability.
For cameras, the ElitePad 900 is equipped with a 2MP sensor out front and an 8MP camera around the back, both capable of 30fps 1080p video capture, and both reproducing colors accurately and vibrantly. The webcam is certainly sufficient for video-conferencing. The ElitePad 900 runs Windows 8 Professional as its operating system.
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Battery runtime was outpaced by the Dell Latitude 10, the main competitor for the business dollar amongst Atom-powered W8 tablets, but anyone wanting more than 7 hours of surfing runtime probably can’t consider themselves to be ‘working’ in any normal sense of the word, but ever so slightly careful usage will get a full day’s battery life nonetheless. The NFC chip allows for SmartCard/RFID log-ins, and together with the availability of a production line-style storage rack for holding lots of tablets, means that for a fleet of W8 slates this is an excellent choice. But for an individual wanting a tablet for use in both the workplace and at leisure, the Dell Latitude 10 gets our vote.
PCmag has ElitePad 900′s benchmark test comparisons to other tablets in its class.
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