If Hewlett-Packard’s elegant ElitePad was available when Windows 8 launched last October, business users may have been quicker to warm to Microsoft’s new operating system.
ElitePad is everything one might want from a serious Windows 8 tablet. And it shows off the touch screen-based Windows 8 to its best effect. Suddenly all Microsoft’s wacky-looking design choices make perfect sense.
You get a lot of business features for the NZ$1095 asking price. Mobile broadband support is baked-in, the case is more rugged than most tablets and there’s 64GB Ram as standard – that leaves around 42GB to play with.
While the basic tablet will meet many people’s needs, HP offers a series of jackets to add features. One jacket adds USB ports and other connectors – like a portable desktop docking station. Another adds a full Qwerty keyboard.
A third jacket provides a rugged shell for dirty or dusty work places. HP says further jackets are planned including one for retailers that adds a bar scanner and magnetic stripe reader, effectively a mobile cash register.
HP emphasises business features like a promise of stability, it says the model will stay current for some time yet. The company also talks of reliability and its ability to service machines – that’s essential for security when working with key business documents.
Microsoft Windows, especially Windows 8, doesn’t suit everyone, but if you live and work in Microsoft’s technology stack and need a serious business tablet, the ElitePad has to be a contender.