HP ElitePad 1000 G2 review

The ElitePad is HP's answer to the iPad, a Windows tablet aimed specifically at business users. It has a 10.1-inch widescreen touch display, effectively equalling the regular iPad Air in size, and runs Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro.

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HP doesn't get off to a great start in promoting this Windows tablet. The company bizarrely pitches the ElitePad as ‘one of the thinnest tablets in the industry at 9.2 mm'. Which would have been true if its only competition had been the original iPad of 2010. But excepting some Google-based slabs, we're not aware of many tablets that are quite as thick as HP's actual thickness of 9.6 mm, let alone the 9.2 mm from the spec sheet.

Even the chunky Microsoft Surface over its three iterations undercuts the burly ElitePad, just, in the thickness wars.

Powering the ElitePad 1000 is a new Intel Atom processor,  a quad-core Z3795 running at 1.59 GHz. This is from Intel's Spring 14 collection, and along with other low-power netbook-inspired Atom chips has finally been updated to a 64-bit architecture. Ironically given its use here, the new chip was initially groomed for use in Google Android devices.

System memory comprises 4 GB of low-power DDR3 RAM, clocked at a lowly 1067 MHz, the fastest memory that the Atom processor can use. Storage capacity options are either 64 or 128 GB, and the two models are priced on the HP website at £712 and £792 including VAT.

It's worth noting that the flash drive inside is not a high-performance SSD as found in regular PCs and laptops, but the low-speed eMMC type as fitted in smartphones. 

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