Review: HP ElitePad 900 is all business

HP's smartly designed, solidly built, Atom-based Windows 8 tablet makes a solid case for mobile fleets

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HP wants the ElitePad used in enterprises, and one sign of how serious the company is about this is the way it plans to handle maintenance and repair for the units. Rather than force ElitePads to be sent back to a service center for repair, HP plans to sell a special disassembly dock that allows ElitePads to be opened and serviced directly by in-house IT. A 10-station charging dock is also available, for both corporate and educational applications.

The HP ElitePad 900 is a well-built Windows 8 tablet backed by an ecosystem of accessories tailored for business use. Its potential as a point-of-sale or field service device is obvious, though getting a full day's work may require a battery jacket. For general business users, the ElitePad's possibilities as a laptop or desktop replacement are hindered by the underpowered Atom processor.

HP ElitePad 900 at a glance

PriceStarts at $699 MSRP
ProcessorIntel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz dual-core
Memory2GB of 533MHz LPDDR2 SDRAM
Storage32GB or 64GB SSD
WeightStarts at 1.38 pounds
Dimensions6.98 x 10.24 x 0.36 inches
Display10.1 inches @ 1,280-by-800 WXGA wide-viewing angle
Battery2-cell 25 watt-hour polymer battery; expansion battery available with Smart Jacket option
Ports1 SIM, 1 MicroSD card, 1 audio jack; USB via included dongle; optional HDMI/VGA dongle
Radios802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+ mobile broadband options available
Touch UI5-point multitouch
Management featuresTPM
Sandra 2013 score0.77kPt

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