It is not very often we run a “speeds and feeds” type article, but the last time we discussed the HP ElitePad 900, it generated a fair amount of interest.  So we thought we’d give you an update.

The exciting news is that these are now available for purchase.  There are currently 3 models available via distribution: all run Windows 8 Professional (32 bit) and have a 10.1″ WXGA (1280×800 Resolution) touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass.  The range of accessories – and the fact they ship loaded with an operating system you can join to a domain – position the ElitePad 900 as a proper business tool.

They currently range in price from around the $730 Ex GST mark for the base model (32GB storage, Wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectivity only) to around the $910 Ex GST mark for 64GB storage and the addition of support for Mobile Broadband.

The accessories for this device look quite interesting; HDMI/VGA Adapters for connecting an external display or projector, a USB Adapter is available or why not opt for the docking station, which gives you 4 USB 2.0 ports (one powered), HDMI and VGA ports and RJ-45 connectivity.

Tablets to date, while increasingly adopted, have often been seen more as toys than as true business tools; an addition to the arsenal rather than a desktop or notebook replacement.  It will be interesting to see how the HP ElitePad 900 competes in the existing tablet market and also whether this sort of a device gains traction as a replacement for traditional notebook or desktop options.

If you’ve been considering testing to make sure Windows 8 works on your network and you also want to evaluate whether a tablet might work for you, the HP ElitePad 900 may be a fantastic opportunity to answer both questions!
Interested but want to try before you buy?  We are currently arranging to have a demo unit available, please contact either Melissa or Aaron to discuss further if you’d like to have a look!