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ET Review: HP ElitePad 900

Overall, the ElitePad 900 is a great business tablet — but it is crippled without the expansion jacket and dock, which are expensive extras.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Mar 25, 2013, 06.14 PM IST
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Overall, the ElitePad 900 is a great business tablet — but it is crippled without the expansion jacket and dock, which are expensive extras.
Overall, the ElitePad 900 is a great business tablet — but it is crippled without the expansion jacket and dock, which are expensive extras.
NEW DELHI: HP is the latest entrant to the world of premium Windows 8 business tablets. Like many others in this segment, it offers full Windows 8, a responsive touchscreen and a 1.8Ghz dual core Intel Atom processor under the hood. That a lot of effort has been put into design is very evident here. Thanks to the extensive use of aluminium, the ElitePad is attractive, well-built and purposeful.

It's also just 9.2mm thick and weighs a mere 680 grams. Around the back, a small flap hides a SIM and microSD card slot. This is useful because in the 32GB version that we received, only about 12GB is available for personal files and programs. The SIM card can be used for 3G data.

There's only one proprietary port on the tablet — all accessories connect to it. One accessory is the Expansion Jacket (Rs 6,999) — the tablet neatly slides in and gets locked in place. The jacket does make it substantially heavier and thicker, but it has a soft-touch, grippy surface (useful in some situations) and it adds two full size USB ports, full size HDMI and full size SD card slot. The SD slot is there so that you can occasionally plug in a card from a camera — it's not meant for memory expansion. An extra battery that slots inside the Jacket is an additional Rs 5,999. The Docking Station (Rs 9,999) has additional ports but also props the tablet up for desktop use.

It scored 3.3 on the Windows Experience Index, which means that performance is great for all kinds of office or multimedia use. Battery life is roughly 8 to 10 hours — we couldn't ask for more.

Overall, the ElitePad 900 is a great business tablet — but it is crippled without the expansion jacket and dock, which are expensive extras. If you need a similar form factor, consider Dell's Latitude 10 — a cheaper alternative with roughly the same specs and removable battery.

Price: Rs 43,500

Specifications: 1.8Ghz dual core Intel Atom, 2GB RAM, 32GB + micro SD, 10.1-inch IPS display (1280 x 800 pixels), 8MP rear / 2MP front camera, Windows 8 Pro, WiFi, Bluetooth, 680 grams

Also see: Dell Latitude 10

Specifications: 1.8Ghz dual core Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 32GD SSD, Windows 8, 10.1" IPS LCD 1366 x 768 pixel, 8MP / 2 MP cameras, full size SD slot, removable battery

Price: Rs 35,990 + taxes

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