A Peek Inside The HP Slate 2 Tablet Computer
I’ll be introducing you to HP’s new tablet computer that they are calling the “Slate 2”. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Slate 2 is that HP could have put a bit more thought into the name of this device. The word “slate” does accurately describe this type of touch screen device but it really hasn’t caught on with users. Instead, those who use these types of computers have started calling them “tablet computers”.
Before I tell you what I think about HP’s new tablet, let’s see what kind of hardware they bundled with this unit.
Price – $699 for the 32GB version or $799 for the 64GB version
Processor – Intel Atom™ Z670 with a speed of 1.50 GHz and 512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz front side bus
OS – Three choices: Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7 Home Premium 32, or Windows 7 Professional 32
Dimensions – 9.21″ x 0.61″ x 5.9″
Weight – 1.5 pounds for the 32GB version (It’s unclear how much the 64GB version weighs)
RAM – 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
Ports – 1 USB 2.0, 1 mic/headphone jack, 1 power connector
Hard Drive – Choice of either a 32GB or a 64GB solid state drive
Graphics – Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 600
Optical – Sold separately (connects via USB)
Sound – Integrated HD stereo speakers
Input – Select models come with and HP digital pen and an optical mouse, Optional Bluetooth keyboard
Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Mobile Broadband
Battery – 30 WHr (2 cell) polymer with reported runtime of “up to 7.5 hours”
Warranty – 1-year limited (option available), Limited 1-year warranty for the primary battery
Who Is HP Targeting With This Device?
This device is more of a “business class tablet” designed to enable you to carry a PC style computer that is bundled into a tablet sized package. I see this particular model being attractive to business users who might want to carry their office with them while they are on the road without the hassle of carrying a large laptop.
My Thoughts On The HP Slate 2 Tablet
My initial impression is that this little tablet is overpriced. After all, it’s screen is only 9 inches when compared to 10.1 which seems to be the preferred size these days. I’m also not that crazy about the idea of Windows running on a tablet computer that I would choose to own. While I’m not crazy about a Windows 7 tablet, I can see that it might be convenient to be able to easily open documents that you would normally open on your PC.
I do like that they have a case that holds a Bluetooth keyboard (about $80 for the case and the keyboard) which essentially makes the HP Slate 2 look and perform like a little netbook. The difference between this and a netbook is that you’re free to ditch the keyboard and use it as a tablet computer whenever you like. This added functionality could be quite handy.
Another thing I like about it is the digital pen. Diagrams are written on napkins during business meetings everyday all over the world but with HP’s digital pen and a Slate 2, you can easily doodle diagrams and other images to help make the point that you’re trying to make but they will be digital so you can save them or even email them.
The Bottom Line
This tablet isn’t exactly something that I could see myself getting much use out of but I think there’s a big market for it among business users. Business users wouldn’t have to seek out apps that can do what they are already use to doing on their PC’s which I think will be a big selling point for this device.
If you’re in the market for a computing device that blends the power of a laptop with the convenience of a tablet computer, you might want to consider the HP Slate 2.
This is a tablet style computer that is breaking the mold in terms of features and functionality. If you would like to learn about another tablet that is breaking new ground in this market, have a look at my article called Acer ICONIA-6120 10 Finger Multi Touch Tablet Computer or the My Thoughts About The Affordable Toshiba Android Honeycomb Tablet.