The history of the release of the HP tablet can be called a real detective with sharp plot twists. At the beginning of the year at CES 2010, the head of Microsoft Steve Ballmer provocatively demonstrated from the stage the future of a computer portable – a tablet based on a full-fledged Windows OS, which was designed by HP. Three months later, the iPad entered the market, created a terrible stir that has not subsided to this day, and at the same time made competitors think about their products and whether they can compete with the new Apple development and whether it makes sense to launch them into mass production. There were rumors that HP had decided to kill off the Windows tablet project, then there was information about the move of the HP tablet to webOS. But in reality, everything turned out to be as usual, that is, unexpectedly – HP released the very Slate 500 running Windows.

Yes, yes, this is not a “paper” announcement, but a real release. The company is already offering the new product on its website for $800 and, I’m sure, many are wondering what they will get for this money. Reviewer Engadget I was able to feel the final product and talk about it superficially. The device has a metal frame, and its back panel is made of an incomprehensible, but pleasant to the touch rubberized material. In general, the device gives the impression of a solid and solid product. The tablet is based on Intel platforms and actually contains netbook stuffing: 1.86GHz Atom Z540 processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD. Nothing is known about wireless communication options, but there should obviously be both a Wi-Fi adapter and Bluetooth.

Expansion ports on the tablet itself are not particularly rich. It is worth highlighting a full-fledged USB connector, a 3.5 mm audio jack and a dock connector. The latter is useful for working with a complete docking station that contains an HDMI output. By the way, he is not superfluous. Despite the poor performance of the platform, the tablet can still play high-quality video in 1080p resolution thanks to the built-in video accelerator Broadcom Crystal HD.

The diagonal of the display in Slate 500 is 8.9 inches, and its resolution is 1024×600 pixels. Judging by the viewing angles and color inversion, this is clearly not an IPS matrix, which is a pity. But, in addition to the capacitive touch panel, it is also equipped with a Wacom digitizer, that is, you can work with an electronic pen. The tablet also has a pair of cameras: a 3-megapixel one on the rear panel and a VGA camera on the front.

The gadget is running OS Windows 7 Professional, which, judging by the words of the Engadget browser, fairly loads the Slate 500 – the performance was not at all impressive. Nothing is known about the battery life of the Slate 500, but there is information about the mass, which is comparable to the iPad model without a 3G modem – 680 g. As for positioning, HP offers this device as a business tool for a corporate environment.

At home, it seems to me that such a product will be of interest only to wealthy lovers of unusual gadgets. On netbooks, Windows 7 runs at a leisurely pace, a similar experience on a tablet. Of course, it is more functional than the iPad, because in fact it is a small computer without a hardware keyboard, but the quality of these functions and their ease of use are highly questionable. [Engadget]

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The history of the release of the HP tablet can be called a real detective with sharp plot twists. Earlier this year at CES 2010, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer defiantly showed off the stage the future of the portable computer, a Windows-based tablet designed by HP. Three months later, the iPad entered the market, created a terrible stir that does not subside…

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