HP ElitePad 900 Business Tablet and Accessories Review
17 April 2014
Summary: Overall, HP's ElitePad is a really promising business tablet at a fair price of $750 for the 32GB version, or $800 for the boosted 64GB of storage. The high cost of additional accessories might be off-putting for some customers, but you can rest assured they should be a high-quality investment if...
Pros: Sleek and Durable Design:, Designed For IT Simplicity:, Fantastic Accessories:
Cons: Limited Functionality Without Expensive Accessories:, Conflicting Accessories:, Multitasking Performance Suffers:, Sound Buzzing Through Headphone Jack:
Summary: The HP ElitePad 900 is a business Windows 8 tablet with a rare touch of style and class. The 10.1" Windows tablet is as good looking as the attractive HP Envy x2, with an aluminum back, tapered sides and a clean design. It's slim and at 1.38 lbs.
Conclusion: The HP ElitePad 900 is a business-worthy Windows 8 tablet that a consumer could love. The jackets remind us of the grand days of the HP iPAQ and its sleeves: they make the device useful in a variety of scenarios while maintaining portability and augmenting battery life.
Pros: Lovely design with aluminum casing, sharp IPS display, a variety of useful expansion jackets and docks make this very versatile.
Cons: Expensive, not lighter than an Ultrabook when paired with the keyboard jacket. The Intel Atom Z2760 isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Few ports on tablet itself.
Summary: The productivity jacket works, but it never feels like its adding to the user experience. The expansion jacket and HP docking station both managed to make the HP ElitePad feel like a more complete device. That isn’t the case with the productivity jacket.
Conclusion: HP believes there’s a demand in the enterprise market for tablets that can go feasibly go anywhere and do anything. We agree, but don’t agree that the 900 is capable of filling that role. Much of the problem lies with the limits of current technology.
Excerpt: With the ElitePad 900, HP is making a better case than I expected for the business-grade, Atom-powered Windows 8 tablet. Using roughly the same form factor as the HP Envy X2 (sans the keyboard dock), the ElitePad has been designed from the inside out to be a business-fleet tool.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a solid work-friendly tablet with mobile broadband and the option of adding lots of connectivity, either via the desktop dock or the Expansion Jacket, the ElitePad 900 is an excellent choice.
Pros: Versatile Smart Jacket design adds ports, a keyboard, and can extend battery life, Nice-looking screen, Tablet is relatively light
Cons: Tablet lacks connectivity without Smart Jackets, which cost extra, Productivity Jacket (keyboard) is expensive and disappointing, Lower-resolution screen than competing devices
Conclusion: The HP ElitePad 900 brings Windows 8 slate tablet computing to SMB and enterprise businesses, but unless you're standardized on HP products, there are better choices out there.
Pros: 16x10 aspect ratio on display. Simple design. Full size HDMI on Expansion Jacket. Enterprise ready accessories. Has NFC.
Cons: No ports on tablet chassis, requires Expansion Jacket for USB, HDMI, etc. No alternate charging. MicroSD and SIM slot requires paper clip. Limited multimedia creation. Doesn't work with Wacom digitizer stylus.
Excerpt: Ever since the first CEO demanded from his IT department that he be allowed to use his iPad at the office, tablet makers have been working to create a device that bridges the gap between work and play. HP's latest tablet, the ElitePad 900, attempts to do just that.
Conclusion: So does the ElitePad truly represent what an enterprise tablet should look like? In some ways, yes it does. The inclusion of Windows 8 Professional means that administrators have access to enterprise-level features of Windows that aren’t available in other editions, which will ease deployment and...