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09/09/13 03:17 PM
HP ElitePad 900 Video Review - Expandable Windows 8 Tablet

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. the ElitePad is little bit lighter than the Retina iPad. Since it's a business tablet the 900 is MIL Spec 810G compliant and it has security features like HP BIOS Protection, LANDesk and Absolute Data Protect with 4 years included. The tablet is readily repairable by your IT department. And you'll pay for those business features: the tablet starts at $649 for the 32 gig model, but you really want the more workable 64 gig model that starts at $749. That's not small change for an Intel Atom Windows 8 32 bit tablet, and the various expansion jackets that bring the tablet to life will set you back a few hundred dollars more. For consumers, the price is steep, though on HP's consumer site you'll find the tablet for $100 less. For businesses that need a quality product with durability and security, the price is more palatable.

The HP ElitePad 900 runs on a 1.5GHz dual core Intel Atom Z2760 CPU with Turbo Boost to 1.8GHz. This is the same Atom processor we've seen in all Windows 8 Atom tablets, and it comes with 2 gigs of DDR2 RAM (not upgradable) and 32 or 64 gigs of eMMC flash storage. The tablet has dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and most models have HSPA+ 3G/4G (but not LTE) on T-Mobile with 200 MB/month included. There's an option to get an HSPA+ module that supports both T-Mobile and AT&T.

The ElitePad's family of accessories set it apart, and there's a an Expansion jacket that adds USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, and SD/MMC card reader and a secondary battery that lists for $149. The $199 Productivity jacket has a built-in keyboard and a healthy selection of ports. The $119 docking station adds Ethernet, USB ports, VGA and HDMI. There are dongle adapters for USB and VGA/HDMI (sold separately). HP has bundles that include your choice of accessories for minor savings.

Here's our HP ElitePad 900 video review. Our full written review will follow.


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