HP is taking is taking its business tablet game up a notch with its new 10.1-inch ElitePad 1000 slate. The device, which goes on sale in March for $739, features a quad-core Intel Bay Trail Atom processor and comes loaded with Windows 8.1, meaning it could very well give Microsoft’s $899 Surface 2 Pro a run for its money.
When we picked up the ElitePad 1000 for the first time we were surprised by how light it felt. Measuring a scant 10.3 x 7.0 x 0.36 inches and weighing 1.5 pounds, the ElitePad easily undercuts the 10.8 x 6.8 x 0.4-inch, 2-pound chassis. And though both slates offer 10.6-inch full-HD displays, the HP’s 1920 x 1200 resolution panel easily outclasses the he Surface 2 Pro’s. Imagines viewed on the ElitePad 1000 looked incredibly sharp and colors seemed to pop off of the screen.
Inside, the ElitePad 1000 features a quad-core Intel Bay Trail Atom CPU, which may not have the raw processing power of the Core i5 chip in the Surface 2 Pro, but should provide greater battery life. That’s not to say the ElitePad 1000 was a performance slouch. On the contrary, the tablet offered speedy performance when switching between the Windows 8.1 Metro interface and desktop and opening and closing apps.
Beyond its processor, the ElitePad 1000 gets 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage. Microsoft’s tablet also offers 4GB of RAM, though storage options include 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models. Not to worry though, the ElitePad’s SDXC card slot features support for up to 2TB of data, meaning you’ll have plenty of space for your documents, photos and videos.
To maintain the ElitePad’s slim size, HP has kept ports limited to just a headphone jack and proprietary connector. Business users that need more connection options can pickup one of HP’s Smart Jacket cases, which add additional ports including USB and HDMI slots. HP’s secure Smart Jacket adds fingerprint and secure card readers and a point of sale Smart Jacket adds a credit card reader. When you’re back in the office you can connect your ElitePad 1000 to your desktop dock giving you access to USB, HDMI, VGA and Ethernet ports.
From the looks of it, the ElitePad 1000 is an impressive business tablet that should satisfy both road warriors and desk jockeys, alike. That said, we’ll have to wait until we can review the slate before we make our final judgments.