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The HP ElitePad currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Microsoft’s introduction of Windows 8 marks the beginning of a new era of tablet computing. Whereas Windows-based tablets used to be clunky, nearly useless bits of tech, today’s models are fast and offer many new features. Consider the HP ElitePad 900, which is billed as a great solution for users in the business segment. It comes pre-loaded with Windows 8 and runs on a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 processor with 2GB of RAM. Its performance is better than its Tegra 3-equipped counterparts but it’s still not as powerful as a proper notebook or tablet computer.

HP’s take on a Windows 8 tablet isn’t too different from that of other tablet manufacturers. It has a 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen display that’s protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass, comes with 64GB of flash-based SSD storage, and carries a number of tiny sensors including ones for ambient light and screen orientation. Its other hardware features include an 8-megapixel camera, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and stereo speakers.

Perhaps you are curious to know whether or not the ElitePad 900’s list of specs ends there. It doesn’t. But it was likely decided during the design phase of this tablet that certain features would be excluded in order to keep its profile at 9mm thick. So it lacks built-in USB and HDMI-out but fortunately these haven’t been taken away completely. Rather, they were transferred to external docking stations and so-called smart jackets that can be used when one deems that they’re necessary.

One of the jackets gives it ports for HDMI-out and USB connectivity. Another makes it more appropriate for outdoor use with increased toughness. And there’s even one that simply adds more battery life. It’s like the ElitePad 900 is Tony Stark, and these jackets are his many Iron Man suits.

As fancy as that sounds, it may prove to be too much of a hassle in real life. It can be quite problematic even for people who don’t like convergence. HP may have decided on this kind of setup for maximum convenience, but in truth it has the potential to become the ElitePad 900’s greatest downfall.

Need to Know: HP ElitePad 900

1. Runs the full desktop version of Windows 8. (The Good)

2. Can be used with a number of external dock and jacket accessories for extra functionality. (The Good)

3. Comes with only 64GB of storage. (The Bad)

4. Some basic features like USB connectivity and HDMI-out require the use of an accessory. (The Bad)


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TouchArcade

I'm just going to admit that Kingdom Rush Origins is not the ideal kind of game for me. I like my tower defense a bit faster, I like getting into more detail, and I perhaps like my in-app purchases a bit more subtly-placed! I realize that now. I imagine that fans of the series will love this one, an...

- Carter Dotson, TouchArcade
AppleNApps

There’s never a dull moment, which is extraordinary for a tower defense game, and three games in, Kingdom Rush Origins feels as compelling as ever.Kingdom Rush Origins is the best yet, as it offers engrossing enjoyment that is an absolute must have iOS experience. That’s whether you...

- Trevor Sheridan, AppleNApps
PCWorld

The HP ElitePad 900 is a tough son of a tablet. Designed for business or outdoor use, it is built to survive being dropped, dinged, dusted, and handled roughly enough to make an iPad cry. HP has tested it to the military MIL-STD810G standard for dust, vibration, temperatures high and low, humidity,...

- Richard Baguley, PCWorld
Business Insider

At $799, the 64 GB ElitePad 900 is pretty attractive considering it can largely mimic the functions of a regular computer. It's a decent option if you must have a Windows 8 tablet.

- Steve Kovach, Business Insider
TabletPCReview

It doesn't really make sense to think of the HP ElitePad as a budget tablet. While the base model without any add-ons is competitively priced, the real strength of this device lies in its flexibility. With a cornucopia of accessories available, it is able to adapt to fit a wide variety of needs. Th...

- Michael Wall, TabletPCReview


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Screen Size
10.1"

The HP ElitePad's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
25mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 25 mAh battery. HP's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

HP ElitePad Specs

Overview
Release date January 1, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 25 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.8 x 26.1 x 0.9 cm (7 x 10.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 635 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 149 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


TouchArcade

Pretty clear at this point that it's a series just for fans of it

from TouchArcade

I'm just going to admit that Kingdom Rush Origins is not the ideal kind of game for me. I like my tower defense a bit faster, I like getting into more detail, and I perhaps like my in-app purchases a bit more subtly-placed! I realize that now. I imagine that fans of the series will love this one,...More

I'm just going to admit that Kingdom Rush Origins is not the ideal kind of game for me. I like my tower defense a bit faster, I like getting into more detail, and I perhaps like my in-app purchases a bit more subtly-placed! I realize that now. I imagine that fans of the series will love this one, and they can flame me all they want. I understand, but I hope they understand why I'm not all that keen on this one. For the person who wants to get into the series, this isn't a bad entry point, and you probably ought to play one of these games for the cultural awareness. And hey, $2.99/$4.99 aren't inordinately high prices in the grand scheme of things, so you can say you're supporting premium game prices. But if you're new to the series, and not even sure that you like tower defense, I'd suggest jumping into an earlier entry first – you can get Frontiers for free on iPhone through IGN right now, and there's the myriad sales that pop up, as well, for the series. And I think Origins will play better if you're acquainted with the series and wind up wanting more, versus just jumping in for the first time. This one's for fans of the game already, which may be why $6.99 character IAP in a paid game is available, because people care enough to shell out for it. I guess I can't really fault that, even if I'm not entirely comfortable with it.

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AppleNApps

Getting a rush all over again

from AppleNApps

There’s never a dull moment, which is extraordinary for a tower defense game, and three games in, Kingdom Rush Origins feels as compelling as ever.

Kingdom Rush Origins is the best yet, as it offers engrossing enjoyment that is an absolute must have iOS experience. That&rsqu...More

There’s never a dull moment, which is extraordinary for a tower defense game, and three games in, Kingdom Rush Origins feels as compelling as ever.

Kingdom Rush Origins is the best yet, as it offers engrossing enjoyment that is an absolute must have iOS experience. That’s whether you’re a Kingdom Rush fan, or entirely new to the series. 

Read full review

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PCWorld

A rugged Win 8 tablet for business road warriors

from PCWorld

The HP ElitePad 900 is a tough son of a tablet. Designed for business or outdoor use, it is built to survive being dropped, dinged, dusted, and handled roughly enough to make an iPad cry. HP has tested it to the military MIL-STD810G standard for dust, vibration, temperatures high and low, humidit...More

The HP ElitePad 900 is a tough son of a tablet. Designed for business or outdoor use, it is built to survive being dropped, dinged, dusted, and handled roughly enough to make an iPad cry. HP has tested it to the military MIL-STD810G standard for dust, vibration, temperatures high and low, humidity, altitude, and drop-proofing for heights of up to 30 inches.

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Business Insider

A similar concept to the Surface Pro, but slower and cheaper

from Business Insider

At $799, the 64 GB ElitePad 900 is pretty attractive considering it can largely mimic the functions of a regular computer. It's a decent option if you must have a Windows 8 tablet.

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At $799, the 64 GB ElitePad 900 is pretty attractive considering it can largely mimic the functions of a regular computer. It's a decent option if you must have a Windows 8 tablet.

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TabletPCReview

An affordable tablet with the ability to adapt via numerous optional accessories

from TabletPCReview

It doesn't really make sense to think of the HP ElitePad as a budget tablet. While the base model without any add-ons is competitively priced, the real strength of this device lies in its flexibility. With a cornucopia of accessories available, it is able to adapt to fit a wide variety of needs....

More

It doesn't really make sense to think of the HP ElitePad as a budget tablet. While the base model without any add-ons is competitively priced, the real strength of this device lies in its flexibility. With a cornucopia of accessories available, it is able to adapt to fit a wide variety of needs.

That's not to say that it is without fault. The tablet does offer performance levels reminiscent of other budget tablets, and regardless of how many add-ons users buy the specs will remain the same. For basic computing functions the Intel Atom processor will hold up, but users looking for more will find the device wanting.

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ITProPortal

Combines the looks of a consumer tablet with enterprise friendly features that corporate users need

from ITProPortal

If your business is committed to HP services and products through contracts, then the HP ElitePad 900 is a very good Windows 8 tablet for the SMB though enterprise organisation. However, if you're with another system builder or are starting from scratch, then we’d look at the Dell Latitude 10 and Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablets, which are simply better and more flexible choices all-round....

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If your business is committed to HP services and products through contracts, then the HP ElitePad 900 is a very good Windows 8 tablet for the SMB though enterprise organisation. However, if you're with another system builder or are starting from scratch, then we’d look at the Dell Latitude 10 and Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablets, which are simply better and more flexible choices all-round.

 

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Laptop Magazine

A good Windows 8 tablet for the price

from Laptop Magazine

In this age of bring your own device to work, tablet makers are still feeling their way as to what makes the ideal combination of a work and play gadget. And, while the ElitePad 900 gets a lot right, HP hasn't quite perfected the mix.

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In this age of bring your own device to work, tablet makers are still feeling their way as to what makes the ideal combination of a work and play gadget. And, while the ElitePad 900 gets a lot right, HP hasn't quite perfected the mix.

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Digital Trends

Attractive design, excellent build quality, reasonable price

from Digital Trends

HP believes there’s a demand in the enterprise market for tablets that can go feasibly go anywhere and do anything. We agree, but don’t agree that the 900 is capable of filling that role.

Much of the problem lies with the limits of current technology. Atom is the only processor availabl...More

HP believes there’s a demand in the enterprise market for tablets that can go feasibly go anywhere and do anything. We agree, but don’t agree that the 900 is capable of filling that role.

Much of the problem lies with the limits of current technology. Atom is the only processor available from Intel that can be used in a thin, light, passively cooled tablet – and it’s too slow. All small Windows tablets will suffer so long as that remains true.

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The Register

A sturdy offering both in terms of the ElitePad's physical form and its security software bundle

from The Register

HP seems to have developed a sturdy offering both in terms of the ElitePad's physical form and its security software bundle, but appearances can be deceptive. The Sim and micro SD card slots proved troublesome and, as I type, I'm still waiting for a call from HP regarding the latter. Also, I get the impression that manufacturers realised all too late that for tablet users running Windows 8 Pro in Desktop Mode, it's much less painful with a stylus. So it's surprising HP doesn't include one in the box....

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HP seems to have developed a sturdy offering both in terms of the ElitePad's physical form and its security software bundle, but appearances can be deceptive. The Sim and micro SD card slots proved troublesome and, as I type, I'm still waiting for a call from HP regarding the latter. Also, I get the impression that manufacturers realised all too late that for tablet users running Windows 8 Pro in Desktop Mode, it's much less painful with a stylus. So it's surprising HP doesn't include one in the box.

Ideally, HP should have found a way to integrate a pen into the tablet shell, Lenovo-style, but that would have messed up the Expansion Jacket design. These decisions are all about compromises and sadly for the PC industry, Windows 8 makes that all the more obvious.

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Tech Advisor

Stylish Windows tablet open for business

from Tech Advisor

The HP ElitePad 900 is a well-built and nicely designed Windows 8 tablet aimed at business users. It's no great performer, although battery life is decent. If you need an extremely portable Windows PC for around £600, you could do a lot worse. But you may want to consider adding a keyboard, mouse and stand to your setup.

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The HP ElitePad 900 is a well-built and nicely designed Windows 8 tablet aimed at business users. It's no great performer, although battery life is decent. If you need an extremely portable Windows PC for around £600, you could do a lot worse. But you may want to consider adding a keyboard, mouse and stand to your setup.

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