Summary: HP’s attempt at an over-sized Android device that acts as a PC is full of faults. The bottom line is it just doesn’t work that well, but at least it's fairly inexpensive at £329. The 1080p display looks great, but to actually use, it’s just frustrating. Overall, it’s a valiant and interesting effort from HP, but it’s one that falls very short indeed.
Conclusion: Would we like to see a refreshed Slate 21 with the hardware quibbles addressed? Sure. But we're not sure that it's worth HP's time and resources to produce that—at least until there's some hope of a solution to the twin problems of Android-app display and usability on a big, non-rotating desktop screen like the Slate's.
Pros: Big, high-resolution screen, Good sound system, Strong performance, 25GB of online storage, Not susceptible to Windows security threats
Cons: Inherent limitations of Android outside tablets and smartphones, Some apps won't render properly, Bezel inhibits touch input near screen edges, Just 8GB onboard storage, Wired keyboard & mouse
Summary: It may look like just any typical All-in-One but the Slate 21 is very different from other AIOs. First, it doesnâ€™t run the typical Windows OS that you would expect, but Android 4.2, complete with a 21.5-inch Full HD IPS display with touchscreen, and also a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. And not to forget the full fledged combo of a USB port for external storage as well as a memory card reader.
Pros: Blazing fast performance, Excellent display - crisp, bright and IPS means colours look natural, Full HD display makes this relevant for most use cases - work and entertainment, Sleek & calm design tone
Cons: Android on a desktop may be uncomfortable for some, Limited internal storage, Some games arenâ€™t updated for this device category, yet
Summary: The basics Meet the HP Slate 21, a massive 21-inch, all-in-one desktop that brings Android to the big screen. We took the huge touchscreen hybrid for a spin to see if it can really replace your computer, or find a place on your kitchen counter. Read on to find out what we made of it in our full review. The good At first glance, you probably wouldn’t notice this is powered by Android.
Pros: At first glance, you probably wouldn’t notice this is powered by Android. The HP Slate 21 looks just like a desktop, with its 21-inch, 1080p IPS panel touchscreen, but it runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The screen is brilliantly bright, with superb viewing angles, plus you can tilt it at various angles you want too, using the kickstand. It's easy to use while standing on a table top or as a smart TV of sorts viewed flat from the other side of the room. The machine l...
Cons: Unfortunately, the negatives seriously outweigh the positives. The HP Slate 21 only packs 8GB of storage, which isn’t much for a desktop, though HP has softened the blow with 25GB of free cloud storage from Box. You can add more storage with an SD card or an external hard drive, but you really shouldn’t have to. And while HP has armed the Slate with a speedy Tegra 4 processor, it’s paired up with a paltry 1GB of RAM, which means multitasking is a tedious affair. You’l...
Conclusion: In theory, the Slate 21 is the logical next step as Android becomes the default interface for more and more users -- why not extend it from the mobile to the desktop? Based on this evidence though, it's not quite ready yet. Not enough apps are optimised for the big landscape screen and there's limited crossover with Windows programs. As a cheap and cheerful home computer you can use for messaging, browsing and streaming movies and music, it's pretty good overall.
Excerpt: Review Hewlett-Packard’s first attempt at an Android tablet, the Slate 7, was a cheap, wretched and irredeemably awful device. So when I heard that the Palm killer’s follow-up fondleslab was to be a 21-inch affair, my reaction was one of incredulity mixed with foreboding.
Conclusion: De HP Slate 21 is een product dat we nog niet eerder zijn tegengekomen op de redactie van Techzine. Dat maakt het ook wat lastiger om het apparaat te beoordelen op zijn waarde. Met een prijs van 370 euro is de Slate 21 niet bijzonder duur, zeker niet voor een all-in-one. Maar dan moet je ook niet al te veel verwachten. Zo zijn veel Android-apps niet geschikt gemaakt voor een schermgrootte van 21,5 inch, opvallend genoeg zelfs alle apps van HP zelf.
Pros: 25GB gratis opslag via Box;, Goedkoop;, Degelijke prestaties, vooral grafisch;, Goede speakers;
Cons: Android draait instabiel;, Geen ingebouwde accu;, Toetsenbord en muis niet meegeleverd;, Slechts 1 app tegelijk op een scherm van 21,5 inch;, Scherm niet responsief genoeg;, Android en (meegeleverde) apps niet voldoende aangepast aan schermgrootte;
Excerpt: DinSide I sommer lanserte HP et 21 tommer stort nettbrett, eller en alt-i-ett-PC drevet av Android om man vil, som vi skrev om i denne artikkelen. Vi snakker altså om mobil teknologi i skrivebordsformat. Dette har vi nå hatt på bordet og sjekket ut.
Pros: Svært rimelig, stort og ganske raskt "super-nettbrett" i skrivebordsutgave. Fungerer oppreist med tastatur og mus nesten som en PC.
Cons: Det fysiske formatet er litt i største laget for Android, mye blir stort og rart, siden programmer ikke kan kjøre i vinduer.