HP ElitePad 900 Windows 8 Tablet Computer

HP has long been a good contender to catering computing equipment to the corporate side of the world, and like Toshiba and Sony, the company didn’t falter in its new tablet specifically designed for such ‘elite’ consumers and IT pros. Introducing the ElitePad 900 of HP ($700) which was announced around September last year, the 10-inch slate was released in January of this year with a data contract from some wireless providers. Having a very premium feel and featuring full Windows 8 experience, the ElitePad 900 may ironically be on the unproductive side rather than the contrary as advertised. Let’s find out why.

On the aesthetics and the build quality, the ElitePad 900 of HP is not disappointing, though it doesn’t necessarily mean also that it is appealing to the general public. The ElitePad 900 comes in a unibody aluminum body, much picturesque of what we have witnessed in the generations of Apple devices. Measuring 261x178x92mm, the ElitePad 900 is also ergonomically optimized, and the sheer metal feel adds to the overall assurance it gives aside from the comfort factor. The ElitePad 900 is not designed to withstand environmental filth like moisture and dust, and setting aside the aluminum choice, the ElitePad 900 front side boasts of a 2nd generation Corning Gorilla Glass.

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To keep things simple, elegant, and beautiful as planned, the HP ElitePad 900 has some unique ports or buttons to keep it designed in consistency. The volume rockers are unusually aluminum and instead take the form of two buttons. The power button is there as well (of course) together with the orientation lock, and adding to this is a 3.5mm headset jack, a docking port, and the slots for a SIM card and microSD card which painfully needs the tip of a paper clip to open the cover. The latter is quite disappointing if you take the term ‘productivity’ seriously as it will really take an amount of time and effort, and worse than this, lacking an HDMI port or a USB port means that this tablet is incomplete in itself, practically.

HP compensates these lacking items by offering somewhat essential accessories to make the Windows 8 slate truly efficient and productive. One big choice is what the company calls as the ‘expansion jacket’ wherein you get two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a full-sized SD slot, all at the cost of an extra weight and form, plus the extra amount you have to pay. Adapters are also available for additional purchase if you want to connect to a projector without the jacket. If you want an extra battery, unluckily the HP ElitePad 900 does not support a removable one (they say that only the ‘qualified ones’ can do such), and instead you have to purchase the jacket where the optional battery can slip into. Moreover, there’s also the ‘productivity jacket’ inclusive of a keyboard and ports but no battery slots. Lastly, if you require a pointing device, there’s not yet an official release of the stylus that is marketed on the same product page.

The HP ElitePad 900 as said is already PC-like in experience, taking into account the x86 Windows 8 structure it has. The slate also comes with the latest Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD (only around 40GB usable storage), has Bluetooth, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, and 3G/4G capabilities. The ElitePad 900 should be good for everyday computing needs like working online or with the Microsoft Office, and outside that, you cannot do anything else professionally like video editing and Photoshopping. The HP ElitePad 900 comes pre-installed with a lot of bloatware, including those back-up and encryption apps for added security features.

HP ElitePad 900 Windows 8 Tablet Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 35,000.00

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