Looking for a Windows tablet for your business? Check out the second-generation HP ElitePad 1000.
The HP ElitePad 1000 debuted back in February, and HP has upgraded the Windows 8.1-powered device with a faster processor and a brighter 10.1-inch, 1080p-resolution display.
Read on to find out what makes the HP ElitePad 1000 the right — or wrong — tablet for your business. [Best Tablets for Business 2014 (and Why We Love Them)]
Powered by a quad-core 1.6-GHz Intel Atom Z3795 processor, the ElitePad 1000 has more punch to run business apps than its predecessor. However, compared with its competitors, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo's ThinkPad 10, it could have benefitted from an even faster, more powerful CPU.
In task-specific performance benchmark tests conducted by our sister site Laptop Mag, the ElitePad 1000 scored lower than the Surface Pro 3 and ThinkPad 10. Nonetheless, the ElitePad 1000 redeems itself by scoring higher than the tablet average in overall performance.
The ElitePad 1000 also offers a decent battery life. Laptop Mag's Battery Test revealed a battery life of 7 hours and 55 minutes while we browsed the Web over Wi-Fi, which is a tad longer than the Surface Pro 3, though 1 hour less than the ThinkPad 10 and roughly half an hour less than the tablet average.
If you need a high-security, IT-ready tablet, the ElitePad 1000 has you covered. It's packed with several security features to keep your tablet safe, including:
- HP BIOS Protection. Sign-on authentication to prevent unauthorized access.
- HP Client Security. Provides multiple layers of defense against identity and data theft.
- Credential Manager. Securely manages multiple logins.
- Drive Encryption. Full-volume encryption for your hard drive.
- HP Device Access Manager. Control external devices that connect to your tablet and export or import data.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2. A hardware security chip that embeds security into a specific device.
There is also the yet-to-be-released Security Jacket, a tablet sleeve that HP says will add a fingerprint scanner and smart card reader to the device.
What really holds the ElitePad 1000 back from being a great business tablet is that, unlike other Windows 8.1-powered tablets, it doesn't come with any built-in USB or HDMI ports. The only ports you'll find are the covered microSD and SIM card slots.
To attach a USB device, you'll need to either use the HP dongle that comes with the device or purchase additional accessories. The dongle connects to the System Connector, to which you can then connect a single USB device.
For more functionality, you'll need to purchase a "jacket" for your ElitePad. One option is the Expansion Jacket, a tablet sleeve that adds two USB ports, an HDMI output and an SD card slot. It will also have an optional second battery to give you an additional 20-hour boost. The Expansion Jacket will set you back $79, and the optional battery is $149. A more expensive option is the $249 HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket, an all-in-one keyboard and case that includes two USB ports and an SD card slot.