HP's new business tablet boasts fast performance and tons of internal storage. The HP ElitePad 1000 debuted this week at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. For serious business users, the 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet could prove to be a solid, high-end alternative to Microsoft's Surface Pro 2. In addition to zippy performance, other hardware highlights include a lightweight design and good battery life. And at a relatively affordable $739 price point, the ElitePad 1000 offers plenty of bang for your buck. Get a full hands-on look at the HP ElitePad 1000 from our sister site Laptop Mag, then read on for three features that make it good for business.
HP's business slate has solid specifications, but is there a good reason to choose it over other high-end Windows tablets such as the Surface Pro 2? For starters, the ElitePad 1000 is significantly affordable at $739, compared to the $899 starting price of the Surface Pro 2. But the Surface is also a more powerful tablet, equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor. Still, the Intel Bay Trail Atom CPU in the ElitePad 1000 provides good performance for everyday business tasks, whether you're using Windows 8.1 modern apps or desktop programs. And the more efficient processor in HP's device should deliver longer battery life.
2. Connectivity options
Compared to tablets like the Surface Pro 2, HP's tablet is somewhat lacking in ports and connectivity options. Out of the box it comes with just a headphone jack, SDXC memory card slot and HP's proprietary connector port. But there are several solutions for business users who need additional options. First, you can pick up a Smart Jacket case, which adds an array of ports, including USB and HDMI slots, to connect accessories such as a mouse, keyboard and external monitor. It also adds a fingerprint reader and a smart card reader for an extra security boost, especially if you use your tablet to access and view private business or client data. You can also opt to include a credit card reader to use your tablet to process payments from anywhere. The ElitePad 1000 is also compatible with a desktop dock, which adds Ethernet and VGA ports.
3. Expandable storage
The ElitePad 1000 already comes with up to 128GB of onboard storage, much more than the average tablet. And it includes an SDXC port, allowing for the use of extended capacity memory cards with up to 2TB of storage. That's a boon for business users who need to download, view and store large files on their mobile device.