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 Windows 8 tablet. It shows off the touchscreen-based Windows 8 operating system to its best effect. Suddenly 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 memory as standard. That leaves around 42GB for you 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 workplaces. 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 about 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.