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Accessories make HP Elite Pad a pricey though versatile gadget

February 19, 2014


Targeting the business elite, HP's ElitePad 900 doubles as a tablet, laptop and desktop computer. It is a rather expensive device to acquire as the tablet, dock and jacket accessories come as separate parts.

Similar to other Windows 8 tablets, it comes with a 1.8 GHz dual core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD (solid state drive) storage.

Operating on Intel Atom, the speed and general performance of the device leave a lot to be desired, a shortfall of tablets running on Windows.

To set it apart from its competitors, the HP ElitePad has an array of accessories to allow for flexibility, whether at home or in the office. The 32GB SSD version costs approximately Sh34,800 while the 64GB counterpart costs Sh69,600.

The tab is slightly lighter than the fourth generation iPad, weighing 630g compared to the iPad's 650g. It is made of aluminium, with a black strip at the back enclosing the cellular and Wi-Fi antennas.

On the side of the tablet are slots for a micro-Sim and microSD card. An eight megapixel camera and an LED flash are located at the top corner.

The 10-inch display comes with the Windows 8 software, which is relatively the most touch friendly display yet.

It functions well for basic tasks including use of Office and in internet browsing. However, games large on graphics, large PDFs and spreadsheets slow it down considerably. The battery life can take you through six hours, though this differs with usage.

The expansion jackets allow you to convert it to a mini laptop. However hold on to your laptop or desktop if you do not plan on getting the additional accessories.

Expansion jackets

The lack of a USB port or even a microUSB slot means you need a converter. There are a variety of ports for the adapter, which costs about Sh17,400 while the jacket costs Sh7,000.

The expansion jacket not only provides protection for the device, it also adds two USB slots, one HDMI slot and a card reader. It is bulky side but adds to the user experience.

The keyboard dock offers similar slots except the HDMI slot, which requires a separate adapter.

The last of the docks available for the device is the desktop dock. This converts the tablet into a personal desktop with USB ports, Ethernet, VGA and HDMI and to top it, the dock charges the device when connected to a power source.

The dock and keyboard case retail at Sh10,000 each.

The display is at 1280x800 unlike the 1080p, which has become the norm of high end tabs available in the market.

For the device and all its accessories, it will set you back approximately Sh114,000 for the 64GB version and Sh79,400 for the 32GB version.

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Source: Business Daily (Kenya)

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